We bought a property with a 150sqm house built in the 70’s. It is exactly as you’re imagining it to be right now. A rectangular box with brick veneer walls. It does not stand out and, by today’s architectural standards, is probably considered boring and outdated.
Because of our growing family, having just one living area doesn’t seem to cut it. We’d like to add a second living area by simply “slapping on” a 30sqm box behind our house. Now I’m thinking this is a fairly simple and straightforward job. No mucking around with kitchens, bathrooms, or any sort of plumbing. We just want a brick veneer room with 2 windows and a patio door.
I’ve been told by more than one person that builders in Canberra are not all that interested in small jobs. And to as a way to discourage small jobs, I’m likely to be given overpriced quotes which includes a “call out fee”.
Has anyone who’s done anything similar have any advice? Better yet, can anyone recommend builders happy to work on smaller extensions? I have been given recommendations but mainly by people who have had more complex renovations. When their builders hear what I want to do, they seem to be less interested. Kinda understandable. They’re probably asking themselves, “why bother with a 3 week project when I can easily find a 6 month project?”
On a side note, I bumped into this article today: Want to extend your home? Make sure you don’t lose more than you gain/
Any thoughts? I’m not looking at building a weatherboard extension on a brick veneer home. Nothing wrong with having a box behind the main house as long as it’s consistent.