Archive for April, 2013

Getting a house extension

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Many people find after having a house for years that they could’ve used another room, or space.  In some instances this might mean you have a obnoxious teen that you want at the other end of the house, or you’ve just had your heart set on a sun room. Either way we all sometimes find we want another room, and the process of getting one can be made easier by some simple things to consider.

What to think about when getting a house extension…

How is the house currently set up?

-You need to really think about how your house is currently set up, in terms of it’s functionality.

-How is the plumbing and electricity connected?

Power points? Internet set up? (Although most people now have wireless internet, you still need think deeply about how this new room extension will affect internet workings).

-Where are all the bedrooms? Are you going to want a new room wall to wall with another room? Or next to the kitchen?


What sort of extension do you desire?

You can get a horizontal extension or a vertical extension?

-If you have a small but tall house, you are going to have to look at whether you want to add to the upstairs or whether you want to increase the bottom level. Sometimes you wont have a choice in this matter, if you have a small block, you’re going to have to build upwards.

-If you have the opposite problem, building horizontally can expand  a good width of your house, but you need to be prepared to lose the garden.

-Do you want your extension room to be a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or lounge room/sun room?


Other things to think about?

-Will you need some sort of council permit to build the new extension? Get this sorted before making all the big decisions about design.

-It is always going to be more expensive to maintain an additional room in the house, so think about ways you can cut costs, such as having more windows (to prevent needing to buy air conditioning or connect it).

-Safety is another very important factor to think about when getting an extension, you need to consider all possible risks the extension could involve.

So if you’re thinking about getting a house extension and not quite sure where to start, take some advice from a professional carpenter.



Re-designing a new bathroom…the challenges and ideas

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Are you sick of the boring layout and functionality of your current bathroom, or are considering replacing the shower but then deciding to re-model anyway? Perhaps your looking to add a 3 in 1 bathroom light or dimmer.  Either way moving around the bathroom layout is one tricky job, it takes a lot of planning and resources.  If you bathroom is really old then this is a good chance to get some more modern, environmentally friendly features to the bathroom, as well as giving you the scope to create a more modern look.

All the factors to think about

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Plumbing, Pipes and everything not so nice.

-When you are going to re-design a bathroom it’s not always going to involve the enjoyment of picking colours or patterns, there are a lot of practical issues that need to be addressed. You need only go to your local plumbing retailer to see that plumbing has changed over the years, and it’s common that you need to fix one thing, yet the plumbing piece you’re looking for is non existent now.

-So when you go to think about how exactly you want to design your bathroom, you need to look at your current plumbing systems and figure out what exactly is going to have to change in order to get that design your dreaming about.

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Planning the design.

-When planning the design of your new bathroom you need to look at what your current design is, both it’s layout and style. You need to think about what exactly you want to change about it (i.e functionality, look, colour) whether you just want a complete change, or just fancy a new sink. If you have a specific bathroom in a magazine and you thought “that’s it” then you really need to analyse every spec of detail.

-Get the drawing board out! This means get someone who can draw on board,  whether it be a friend, yourself or family member. Draw a general idea of what you like, in terms of colour, layout, textures. From the small sketch you do, you can show a professional designer or renovations expert, and be on your way to achieving your dream look.  Once there is a general outline, you have a better chance of getting the right help, and at the same time you will figure out what exactly is going to work, and what isn’t.


Research your resources!

-When you have that idea in your head, or magazine picture cut out, you will become a raging bull in order to get what you want. However you may find along the way that you cannot acquire all the elements you’d hoped, perhaps you cannot find that marble tile, or stylish glass shower door.  Some things will just be impossible to get your hands on, but more importantly it can cause a lot of unwanted stress.

-So what can you do to avoid too much anger and drama, do research before you get your heart set on certain features, look locally, or online to look at your options. Having back up resources is a very good idea, it will save you getting let down.


With these tips in mind you will now be mindful of some pitfalls that go with designing a new bathroom, maybe it’s put you off, or maybe it has inspired a large project for the family. If you need help with the renovations then you should look at calling Bathroom Renovations Newcastle-Impact Bathrooms, they can help with the nitty gritty.