The Building Process
At Expand Renovate, you deal with our principal builder Shaun Mills. From your first contact, Shaun will listen carefully to your requirements and ideas and provide some initial options to start the discussion about bringing your extension or renovation to life.
We come to you: Shaun will come to your house for a no-obligation, free discussion of your vision and budget for your renovation or extension. He wants to know what you aim to achieve, and he can discuss your ideas with you, explain various design and construction options and give an initial price estimate. He’s a seasoned builder and carpenter with more than 15 years’ experience, so he knows your options for achieving a functional, good-looking extension or renovation in the most cost-effective way.
Concept Designs & Budget Estimate
Models for you to play with: Our in-house designers use the latest computer-aided design software to create detailed, preliminary floorplans and
Design fees waived if you go ahead: At the design stage, we give you a preliminary estimate of what the design will cost to build. And if you decide to go ahead and build with us, we credit you the design fees.
Matching what you already have: You want a renovation or extension that complements your home, not clashes with it. Our designs will integrate the new work with the original design of your home. We use compatible materials and finishes (such as external cladding, roofing materials, doors and windows) to create seamless new work that blends in and looks like part of your house, not an add-on.
Working Drawings & Engineering Plans
The go-ahead: If you like the concept designs and preliminary estimate and instruct us to go ahead, we then arrange a preliminary agreement to cover the working drawings, engineering plans and any other requirements (for example, soil testing).
Fixed-price contract: At this stage, we will provide you with a fixed-price quote for your renovation or extension project. We use a Master Builders Queensland contract, for your security and peace of mind. It’s a genuine fixed-price contract covering all planning, approval and building costs, giving you peace of mind there are no hidden costs and your budget will stay on track during the whole building process.
After we sign the contract to go ahead with your renovation extension, we pay all the necessary insurances and charges and lodge the building application for approval by a private certifier. We also give you copies of all the planning and building documents you need for your insurance and financing requirements.
Construction starts on the date specified in the contract, after building and finance approvals. With extensive experience as carpenters, we offer quality workmanship, hard work and
In most cases, you can live in your home while we do the extension or renovation. That can mean big savings by not needing to rent temporary accommodation.
You’ll find us punctual, reliable workers who respect your privacy and work with you to minimise disruption to your family life. We work hard to keep any noise and dust down, and we take care to leave your home clean and tidy while we work and at the end of work each day.
The practical completion inspection is the final, exciting step where we reveal your finished extension or renovation before handover. Together, we go through all the work so you can check it all looks and works as it should. If anything is not quite right, we’ll fix it promptly and efficiently.
This is when the warranty period starts, over six years for structural defects and six months for minor defects. We’ll also give you copies of all plans, building approvals and all warranty and compliance paperwork in electronic form.