For some clients, they have the opportunity to move out of the house while works are being carried out. They may rent somewhere or utilise the services of Airbnb. But for a majority of our clients, they choose to live in their house during construction. Largely, it is the scope of works and clients budgets that determine whether, as The Clash would say – ‘should I stay or should I go?’
Renovations are never quick DIY projects and can go on for months. So how do you cope with the dust, noise and mess without losing your mind?
Well, the most important thing to do is to choose a professional home extensions company in Melbourne with the relevant experience to do the job while minimising disruptions to your lifestyle. Communications and setting expectations are the key.
Then, to make life even more manageable during the renovations, follow these simple and practical tips:
- Establish a timeline
Before the building contract is signed our Building Manager will have met with you and assessed time lines to be included in the contract documentation, as well as the practicality of living in your home during construction.
Closer to the commencement of works you will have a proper understanding of the sequencing of events. Sometimes clients have to move out for a short time if plumbing services need to be switched off, and, for example, a new bathroom is commissioned.
Work closely and communicate with your supervisor to ensure you know what’s happening when.
- Create work zones
Safety is a big concern during a renovation, especially if there are young children in the house. Make sure that all work areas are cordoned off to prevent little ones from running into areas where they shouldn’t and accidents occurring. Prior to commencement of works there will be a site induction when your supervisor will run through the safety aspects of living through a renovation.
- Contain the dust
The question that comes up time and again is how to control the dust that is par for the course during renovations. While it’s impossible to eliminate dust altogether, you can take steps to prevent your home being buried under thick layers of it. Ask your extension builders to tarp off sections that will be renovated to mitigate this problem.
- Set up a makeshift kitchen
If the existing kitchen area is to be demolished, temporary kitchen facilities may be required. The Barbeque can get a good workout during a renovation, and you need to ensure you have other kitchen utilities like the kettle, toaster and microwave.
You also need to consider where you will wash dishes and cutlery.
- Rug up in winter
Handling the conditions in winter with open areas or roofs off can be challenging, so be sure to rug up with extra heating solutions and lots of blankets. If a double storey extension is being built over the existing home, it means that the roof will have to come off and a tarpaulin deployed. This will, however only be for a couple of weeks while the first floor base is constructed. For Ground Floor extensions, it’s a lot easier as the rood structure on the existing house is often unaffected. Either way, rug up well!
- Remove anything of value
If you have anything that is of sentimental or financial value, it is best that they be removed entirely from site and stored securely. Don’t leave it to chance. As a great man once said, the best laid plans of mice and men can ‘oft go awry!
Supa Group Construction has been renovating and extending Melbourne homes for 40 years, which means we understand what it takes for people to live through these major projects. We’ll do our best to make it as comfortable and un-intrusive as possible. Contact us today for any further information.