Philip Girardot, of Southern Additions, admits that a major renovation will probably be more expensive per m2, than a fresh start.
However, there are other things to think about before knocking down an old house in favour of something entirely new.
One of those considerations is the time frame. On average, Mr Girardot said, you have to allow 52 weeks between pulling down the old house, clearing the block and putting up a Project Home.
On the other hand, the average renovation time is four to six months – and you can keep living in your home. Another consideration is the hilly nature of both Sutherland and the Illawarra areas. Project homes are not designed to accommodate differences in elevation, which means a standard project home won't easily fit on many blocks. Mr Girardot's business recently completed a custom- built house that cost more than $500,000.00
On the other hand, the average renovation project carried out by Southern Additions costs between $120,000.00 and $140,000.00.
Sometimes the best solution for most people, is a second storey addition, he said.
A Second Storey means that space can be virtually doubled while retaining the back yard for a swimming pool and garden. With more than 30 years’ experience, Southern Additions can take most of the pain out of the renovation work.
Staff at the company will discuss your ideas, plan a feasibility study and costing, take care of council submissions and the legal work, and build.