What happens first?

We will organise a time to visit you at your house and discuss what you would like to achieve with the extension or renovation. This generally occurs within a week of you contacting us.



Do we need our own drawings?

No, we can design your extension or renovation after meeting with you and discussing your concepts, ideas and most importantly your budget.



Will we have to move out? Can I live in the house during the works?

In most cases you can continue to stay in your home while the renovation takes place. Our aim is for minimal disruption to you while the build is occurring.

It is only on very rare occasions that you can’t live in your house during construction. We will ensure your services are always maintained and your house is left securely locked up.



When can you start?

Once the building permit is issued, we can begin a new project in as little as 2 weeks.



What areas do you build in?

We are a local business working from our office in Mitcham, Victoria.

To see if we build in your area, just click on the “Where we work” page.



How long does it take to commence construction?

Once you agree to proceed, we need to organise drafting, soil tests, engineering, energy rating and building permits.

In general, these items take 4-6 weeks.


Construction would normally commence within 4 weeks of the building permit being approved. If you require works urgently, we can request the authorities process the application sooner.

Most projects will be completed within 4 to 5 months.



Can you provide everything required for my home extension?

Yes, we can do as little or as much as you would like. Our staff are highly experienced and can design your extension, cost your build, complete all relevant documentation, liaise with authorities and manage the project from start to finish. Alternatively, we can construct the works to any stage required by you.



Can we make changes once the project has started?

Yes, changes can be made at any stage. It is your house and we are happy to ensure you have the end product you want.



Do you have your own building tradesmen?

We are fully insured and all our experienced contractors are fully certified/qualified to ensure the highest standards are adhered to in all areas of work.



Can I do some of the work myself?

We appreciate that you may want to do some of the work yourself so with this in mind we are happy to discuss a variety of options for this.



If I want to renovate some of the existing house as well as the new house extension, will you do this?

Yes, we can definitely do this.



If I am dealing with a reputable company are all house extensions pretty much the same?

No, there can be substantial differences in appearance, quality, materials, etc. We use quality materials and experienced tradesmen. We believe, like most things in life, you do “get what you pay for”.


We strive in providing quality work for excellent value delivered in a timely manner.



Will we overcapitalise on our investment in an extension?

Generally speaking, if you spend less than $250,000 - $300,000, you will not. This will depend on the type of extension you do and the suburb you live in.


It is essential that the extension be well designed and has the appropriate living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms that the neighbourhood you live in requires.


We are happy to give advice on this during the design stage.


If you sell and move house you will definitely overcapitalise as the money you spend on advertising the property for sale, agent’s fees, stamp duty and moving expenses cannot be recouped. This generally costs about 8% of the value of the house you will buy.

Approximate costs of selling are:

  • Advertising $600 - $4,000
  • Agents Commission 2.5% of the sale price
  • Stamp Duty varies but is approximately 5% of the purchase price.
  • Removalist costs vary depending on how much work you do yourself.
  • As a guide it will cost between $1,000 - $6,000
  • Finance costs
    • Costs for discharging any existing mortgage and getting a new mortgage
  • Other Costs
    • Costs of moving all your services such as gas, electricity, pay TV, telephone, etc.
    • Other miscellaneous costs could include new schools & uniforms, new school computers, etc.



A lot of house extension projects seem to run over budget and schedule. How do I budget to ensure that my extension project doesn’t exceed the initial figure?

Our contracts ensure fixed prices for labour and materials, however variations to the contract documents requested by the owner can add to costs. We do not proceed with any variation unless agreed to by you.


Our contracts also specify a construction period. If we go over this period, we will reduce our contract price for every week we are overdue.



What is a Certificate of Compliance and do I need one for my house extension?

Legislation requires that your house extension is built in compliance with the Building Regulation Act. If a dwelling or extension is in compliance, then a Certificate of Completion may be issued by a qualified Building Surveyor.


This certificate can only be issued by a qualified professional, who, in most cases, carries out inspections during the set stages of construction and the finished build before the Certificate of Completion is issued.



"How much does a house extension cost?" or "How much will it cost to extend my house" are two of the most common questions we get asked.

The answer can depend on factors such as, are you putting a bathroom or a kitchen in your extension and if so what fixtures and fittings will you be installing? Or is the extension going to have a lot of structural work done?



We already have plans and permits. Can we get a quote?

If you already have your plans and permits we are happy to organise a free, competitive and no obligation quote for your build.



What type of contract do you use?

We use an industry standard HIA contract.



How are payments made?

Payments are made at stages set out in the Building Act and covered in the building contract.

These stages generally are

  • Deposit - Payment on signing contract
  • Base Stage - When the slab or stumps are completed
  • Frame Stage - When the frame is completed
  • Lock-up Stage - When roof, windows and external walls are installed
  • Fixing Stage - When plaster, skirtings, architraves and doors are fitted
  • Completion - When the works are complete and the Building Surveyor issues a certificate of completion



Will you build off plans we have had prepared by an architect or draftsman?

Yes, although 90% of our work is designed by us, we are happy to work off other peoples plans.



Are all works guaranteed?

All our extensions and renovations are guaranteed for 6 years following the completion of the works under the Home Owners Warranty Guarantee.