Good evening everyone
Excellent forum you guys have here. I would like to get some opinions on some renovations we plan on starting in the next year or so. We are still in early planning stages.
I have attached a PDF of current house plans and what we propose on doing. I hope these plans are easily understood. They were drawn up by me, I am a civil draftsman by trade, and I wouldn't consider myself as an expert when is comes to residential housing designs.
A little history on the property. Located north of brisbane, 7km from CBD. House was purchased in June 2010. 607m2 lot. Post war home, i think 1960s. Dodgey extension where the current laundry and toilet is located. Front is north facing.
Ideas are as follow
- Demolish existing laundry and toilet.
- Raise current house and shift to rear of lot. (Raise to legal height to provide min 2.7m ceiling heights for ground floor.)
- Refurbish current house to provide 3 reasonably sizers bedroom and 2 bathrooms.
- New extension added to front of house for northerly light and breezes.
- New ground floor plan + double garage.
This will be a long term investment. We may worry about over capitalising, but this will be a home where we intend to live for at least the next 5 to 10 years and bring our kids up. We enjoy entertaining, therefore we have provided a large open plan living upstairs.
We are hoping (fingers crossed) that the complete build will be around the 250k-300k mark. If all else fails, we would like to be able to stage it so that we can refurbish upstairs and leave downstairs to a later date.
I would like to do the planning applications myself, but would like to have a guide from some of the experts here on the best process? what plans are required? weather current plans are sufficient? etc...
Thanks in advance.