7 Time-Saving Tips for Renovating Your Home

2nd December 2021

Renovation can be an excellent way to get more from your home, make more room for your family, or embrace the latest and best technology or styling features. Ranging from low cost to almost the cost of a new home – renovations come in all shapes and sizes. As experts in making renovation dreams come true, the team at A Class Building and Construction have seen it all and have picked up some essential tips for renovation success along the way.  

There is a range of things to consider when planning a renovation, and like any major project, time will be one of the biggest considerations. For most renovations, there is time needed away from the property, especially for major works such as a kitchen remodel or extensions. To keep your life and routine flowing as consistently as possible, even during your biggest renovations – we’ve compiled 7 time-saving tips for success:

  1. Start with a clear plan 

Clear planning may sound obvious, but it can be the difference between weeks or months, in budget or over budget. If you know going into the renovation that you’re only renovating one section of the property and what you’d like to achieve, your contractor can give you a clear expectation of a completion date.

  1. Know what type of renovation you want

There are many things that are made achievable through renovation, including height or size extensions, enlarged rooms or living space, or an improved façade. A renovation such as new cabinetry or outdoor rendering will make the property look brand new and take the least time to achieve. Alternatively, if you’re planning on knocking walls down or adding on an extra level – the time budget will be much larger. In planning your renovation – it’s important to have a clear idea of how long your plans will take to achieve. 

  1. Compile your ideas 

There are so many options these days for blogging, journaling and compiling ideas. Start a Pinterest board, subscribe to home and living magazines or follow your favourite stylists on social media to gain plenty of inspiration before your renovation. Once you’ve got a clear vision and a stack of ideas, presenting them to your builder all at once will help them to understand what you want from your renovation. Additionally, they can suggest what is achievable and begin putting the plan into motion. 

  1. Get an accommodation backup plan 

As much as your builder will try to be well planned and predict every possible obstacle, there are scenarios during any renovation that may require you to move out of the premises. This can include the discovery of termites or wood rot, structural concerns or too much noise and disturbance for it to be practical. If you have a family member, friend, or short-term rental plan in your back pocket – your renovation will be able to run on schedule, saving you time and money long term. 

  1. Have a clear budget 

Determining a budget is the most integral part of the planning process, and it will often define the scope of the project and ultimately what you can achieve. Having a clear conversation with your broker or lender before approaching the builder will save you time in both the short and long term, as will having emergency funds tucked away in case any unexpected additions are needed. 

  1. Cover up instead of removing 

There are many exterior and interior features that can dull down the look and experience of a home, and it may be tempting to pull down the popcorn ceiling or rip up the dated archways. It is often possible to cover up certain elements instead of removing them with plastering, wooden features or even a new paint job. 

  1. Hire the experts 

Hiring a renovation specialist, builder or even an architect from the get-go will save you time in both planning and execution. Additionally, you will save money and energy by getting it right the first time and not overplanning or overspending. 

If you’re ready to get the most from your time and money in your next renovation, give the 
A Class team a call on 0414 183 503 (Scott) or 0414 931 145 (Rob). We are dedicated to helping our customers achieve their renovation dreams, large or small, to create the lifestyle they’ve been dreaming of. Claim your free renovation quote today!

Everything You Need to Know About a Knockdown Rebuild

22nd November 2021

If you’re in the market for a new home, if you’re planning to build a home or renovate your current one, chances are you’ve heard of the term ‘knockdown rebuild’. A knockdown rebuild (KDR) simply refers to the demolition of an existing home or building for a new one to be rebuilt in its place. Knockdown rebuilds provide a perfect solution for those who love where they live but not what they live in, don’t want to sacrifice their spot in the suburb, or want to avoid the costly process of buying new land. The housing shortages that are occurring in most major Australian cities and popular lifestyle spots have made knockdown rebuilds shoot up the ladder as one of the most popular, affordable and efficient ways for people to get their dream home. 

The Benefits of a Knockdown Rebuild

Your dream home come true

A KDR will allow you to have complete control over the process, the build and the design of your home, where you no longer need to put up with the wrong cornices, off-colour paint jobs or awkward floor plans. Our designers work closely with you to plan the home you’ve always dreamt of, with no job too difficult or unique. By starting fresh on your block of land, your home will be perfectly angled to capture the best natural light and breezes of your area, and your floorplan will be customised to suit your families’ movements down to a science. 

Save time, money and heartache 

Renovating can breathe new life into an old or run-down property, but there are often elements that pop up during renovations that can add to your final bill and take you by surprise. Termites, wood rot or asbestos are the most common culprits of increased invoices, longer time spent away from home and the kind of stress that puts pressure on a family. With a knockdown rebuild, you will know exactly what to expect with upfront costs, simple planning and no hidden surprises along the way. 

Keep the lifestyle you love 

Changing schools, workplaces or even friendship groups can be an incredibly difficult and emotional task. With a KDR, you can keep the coffee shop you love, the commute you’re comfortable with and make your friends lifelong ones. Get the best of both worlds with the benefits of a perfect location plus the perks and comfort of a customised and freshly built home. 

The Process – explained 

So how does a knockdown rebuild work? What will it look like in real-time? We’re here to help and have broken it down into 5 clear stages. 

  1. Check the red tape 

Before you start knocking down walls and picking out furniture, it’s important to check with your local council that a knockdown rebuild is allowed and to get demolition approval. Most councils have tight restrictions around demolitions, especially if your home is heritage listed or if it is likely to negatively impact the wider community. Additionally, you will require an Asset Protection Permit for your demolition. 

Check the planning and building section of your state or territories website to attain the correct information. To access Wollongong’s demolition application process, click here

  1. Chat to a professional 

A demolition is the last thing you want to leave to an amateur, and the process is much more complex than just knocking down the walls with a sledgehammer. The best thing to do is contact a professional who specialises in knockdown rebuilds, such as our team at A Class, who can walk you through the process from start to finish. 

We will evaluate your property and your plans to discuss what is achievable and what the process will look like. It is crucial to contact a professional from the get-go so you know your entire build will be above board and top quality. 

  1. The demolition begins 

A demolition specialist will take care of your old home once proof of demolition approval can be attained, and before you know it your land will be clear of all building materials, vegetation and prior connections and ready for your new build. 

  1. Design your home!

This is where the fun starts! While the demolition crew are removing your old property, you get to design your new one, starting with what will work on your block size and moving to selecting the perfect floorplan. 

  1. Build your home!

Once your old property is demolished and you’ve designed your new one with the help of a trusted professional, nothing stands between you and your dream home. The process will generally take less than a year from start to finish. 

A knockdown rebuild can feel daunting for anyone, but with a friendly, experienced and professional crew such as ours at A Class Building & Construction, you will feel informed and comfortable every step of the way. To discuss your land parameters, enquire about permits and red tape, or to chat about your dream rebuild, contact us today.