This House Extension Design trick could save you thousands…

This house extension design trick could save you thousands…

While house extension design inclusions like premium floor coverings, bench-tops, tap-ware and lighting can add thousands to the price of your new home extension, there is something more fundamental that may affect the price.

In fact, just being aware of this little-known house extension design feature could save you tens of thousands of dollars without compromising the style and sophistication of your home. And it simply has to do with…

The Shape of Your House Extension

Think of it this way: weather its a single storey extension, two storey extension or a complete knock down re-build, the simpler the external shape, the lower the cost to build.

But please don’t misunderstand. A more complicated shape is not more expensive because of added difficulty to build. It just requires more building material.

A house extension design with more angles will likely have a greater wall surface area. This will increase the number bricks needed to build the walls. It will increase the length of gutting and eaves. And it will usually also increase the framework, gyprock, cornices and other building materials.

A house extension design with a simple shape (e.g. rectangle) can retain the same floor area with a greatly decreased wall surface area. The savings can run into the tens of thousands.

This extra saving can often times be the difference between being able to afford a house extension or blowing the budget. Alternatively, this money can be re-budgeted to upgrade bathrooms or your kitchen.

So before you fall in love with a complicated architectural house extension design, check with your builder how you may achieve the same result with a slightly modified external shape. This little design secret together with some friendly professional know how could save you thousands on your next home extension.

For more house extension design tricks see our other blogs or download our free home extension guide


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