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If you’re considering home improvement additions, you’ll probably know that their costs can quickly balloon out of control as you wait for permits or things begin to go badly. This can often be a result of poor planning, or renovators overreaching.

There are, however, some things to consider to keep your house extension costs down and help you get what you need from your family home.

Room additions:

Room addition ideas for small homes can be a tough one, especially if you’re building on a  budget. They are definitely costly, usually costing at least$40,000 to 50,000, but they can actually bring a massive return on investment if you’re looking to sell in the future.

When it comes to your room additions, don’t overdo it. Additions that are too big can be bulky and seem to bulge out of the side of your house. Plan it out, make sure it flows with the outside of your house, and consider building an addition onto the back of the house rather than the front if you’re worried it will look strange.

Adding to your kitchen:

Kitchen additions and renovations can completely change the fundamentals of how your house feels. Older homes tend to have kitchens that are more closed off. If you want to make the kitchen feel more like a central part of your home, consider knocking down a wall so the kitchen leads into the centre of the house.

If you’re looking to completely redo your kitchen, consider keeping some of the older elements it used such as drawers, flooring, or cabinets. Just because you’re going through the process of home renovation doesn’t mean you have to lose every aspect of your old house. Keeping small charms from your old kitchen can save money, time, and maintain the look of your home. Often you don’t realise the sentimental value of a room until it’s gone.

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Shipping containers are actually really useful:

This is a home addition idea that’s soaring in popularity. Building an addition to a house can be really expensive, time-consuming, and to be honest, quite scary. With shipping containers, you know what you’re going to get.

They are low cost, can be easily added as an extension to a home, and can be modified to fit the look of your house. This will save you money in building materials and labour, and save you time in planning and during the actual renovation

You can also consider using the container outside as a sleep out or a small studio. If you do this, you may not even require a building permit!

Don’t underestimate your outdoor areas:

If you have a good outdoor area, you essentially have another living room. Building a deck or developing your yard is a great way to add space to a home, and they can be weatherproofed with roofing, outdoor heaters, and fireplaces. You can also add an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, or barbeque to give it an inviting and homely feeling.

Outdoor renovations can be done as a DIY home addition as they don’t require he professional expertise that an entire room does.

Reaching for the sky:

If you have limited land to build on, building another story can almost double the space in your home. Of course, this is one of the more drastic home renovation ideas, but it can hugely increase your property value and completely transform your home. Some ways to streamline the process of building up are re-using materials from your attic/roofing, using shipping containers to fit the top of your home, and getting an expert in early to analyse your roofing and ensure you can structurally hold another story on top of your home. Otherwise, it will be an expensive journey of purchasing extra support and doing extra planning.