Extending your house
Adding on new structures to an existing house poses a number of challenges.
In our house we undertook renovations in the main bedroom. This involved moving a few walls slightly and the timber floor had to be patched in a couple of places. Firstly we had to find the exact same timber for the patches. Then the complete bedroom floor had to be sanded and sealed. But the timber floor continued from the bedroom out the door through the whole upper level floor. The newly sanded and treated floor was always going to have a different colour from the original floor which had aged in the sun and with use. We eventually had to sand and seal all the existing timber floor upstairs to achieve a uniform coloured floor – about one hundred square metres (a thousand square feet) because one square metre (ten square feet) had to be patched!
Extending your home is not always simple
As we have previously discussed always be careful when cutting new openings in existing walls or removing existing walls you do not want to damage your home like in this example House collapses during renovations so see these important tips Before removing walls or adding new windows and doors check your house will not fall down and Restrictions which could impact your home renovation plans
There are often potential problems which are hidden, additional costs which you only see when you connect the additions and new portions to your existing house. Proper planning and thought can help avoid some problems. Sometimes you must allow for the additional costs of altering existing floor finishes and repainting roofs and walls.
This is an extract from the author's book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses: Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home'.
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