Benefits Engaging Project Manager For Home Renovation
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Benefits Of Engaging A Project Manager For Your Home Renovation 

Benefits Engaging Project Manager For Home Renovation

Doing a home renovation project is a big decision and can be daunting at times. However, overseeing the project yourself can be more overwhelming, to say the least. At Period Extensions & Designs, we understand how big a responsibility it is to project manage a home renovation.

We also understand that most homeowners do not have the luxury of time and expert knowledge to manage a construction project. This is why we offer a one-stop service where we take care of your needs from start to finish.

Whilst you may think it is okay to personally manage your own renovation project, we do not recommend it. Without the experience and expertise, you can overlook a lot of factors that might end up delaying the project, jeopardising the budget and compromising the finish.

Construction and design mistakes are costly and the project can become a money pit if you are not careful. Our advice is that you engage a professional company to design and construct your renovation project. Following are the benefits of hiring a professional team:

Remove The Stresses Of Building

Hiring a professional does not mean you do not have a say in the running of the project. A project manager will consult with you during the build process and while making your vision a reality.

They will organise and lead the team from inception to completion while regularly updating you and coordinating with you and the team of trades. You still have full control over the project, you just hand over the day-to-day tasks so you can focus on more important things.

The Project Manager Can Coordinate The Timing And Phasing Of The Project

Coordinating the timing and phasing of the project so you can finish on time is a big challenge. Most projects rarely run on schedule even with professional project managers at the reigns.

It will be so much more difficult for a homeowner to coordinate this. A good project manager knows how to spot potential issues and organise the trades and schedule to get the project running as smooth as possible. 

Benefits Engaging Project Manager For Home Renovation

Managing Trades

Managing trades is a complicated task that must be handled and coordinated properly. The project manager has to make sure that the carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc are brought in at the right time. Coordinating and managing various tradespeople is time-consuming, stressful and difficult at times.

A good project manager must be good at handling all kinds of people and getting them to stick to a strict schedule to make sure the project is delivered on time and on budget.


The project manager is also in charge of the safety protocols during the build which is probably the most important consideration of all. This is a highly regulated sphere with immense responsibility and requires specialist training. 

Keeps Your Project On Time And On Budget

A project manager’s number one goal is to make sure that the project is completed on time and on budget without compromising the quality of the build. This is a big challenge because even the most experienced project managers know that delays, accidents, problems, and unexpected surprises can happen at any time.

These situations can delay the project and can cost a lot more money than planned. A good project manager can anticipate and work around these challenges so the project runs smoothly and is finished on time and within budget. 

While most projects do not always stay on budget and on schedule, finishing within or near the targeted completion date is doable when you have a reliable and experienced project manager.

Benefits Engaging Project Manager For Home Renovation 

Final Thoughts

Most homeowners think that they can save more money by overseeing or managing the project themselves. However, most of the time, you end up spending more when you do so.

When you are overly involved in your own reno project, you are bound to make abrupt changes often based on emotion and not practicality. And as we mentioned earlier, when you do not have the experience and patience in handling tradespeople, you might cause more delays and jeopardise the project even more. 

Let the experts handle your build. Professional project managers know the dos and don’ts that can help keep you on budget and on schedule, not to mention deliver the best results. 

For all your renovation and extension projects, trust only the best in Melbourne. At Period Extensions & Designs, we combine award-winning designs with down to earth service that is second to none. Let us help you bring your vision to life! 

Please call us today at Period Extensions & Designs on (03) 8658 1340 or contact us through our contact form.

Extension Ideas For Period Homes
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Extension Ideas For Period Homes

Extension Ideas For Period Homes

Adding a new extension on a period home can be tricky. It requires a design that is sympathetic to the period features whilst giving you the comforts of a contemporary lifestyle.

Furthermore, recreating or imitating period styles can be tacky if not done right. However, with expert knowledge and craftsmanship, it can be achieved.

Here is a list of extension ideas for period homes that will work perfectly in keeping with the modern-day lifestyle and still respect the period details of the home. 

Choose Complementary Materials

You do not necessarily need to use matching materials, just ones that will complement the look and feel of the original building. An extension does not need to mimic the existing architecture of the home, it simply needs to respect the traditional features.

For example, try and maintain the ceiling height of the original house so that the old and the new will meld seamlessly together, rather than lowering the ceiling in the extension, because this may cause the extension to feel claustrophobic.

Consider A Modern Contrast 

You may want to consider a striking contrast from the old to the new. This may make the extension ‘pop’ whilst drawing attention to the original features of the house as well.

A good example would be to have polished concrete floors in the extension whilst the older part of the house still retains the floorboards which could be polished to enhance the look.

You may also want to consider skylights in the extension to bring in more light to the new area.

Extension Ideas Period Homes

Go Rustic

A rustic look can work with period homes too. Use timber windows in the extension to complement the timber windows in the original part of the house. Or perhaps match the timber flooring throughout the house, matching old and new for a seamless finish.

Connect The Indoors With The Outdoors

A contemporary glazed design can flood the room with natural light while adding a modern touch to a classic house. Glass doors will give you access to natural views, without the need to go outside. You can enjoy your garden without having to open the windows or doors. 

Open Up The Place With More Doors And Windows

Modern extensions can totally transform a period style home with the addition of large glazed sliding doors that will flood the new area with light and give you a connection from the house to the garden with an idyllic indoor-outdoor space.

Be generous with the size of the windows and the doors. Period homes typically do not have big windows, but modernising and upsizing them can bring in more light and will certainly be a worthwhile decision.

Use Steel and Metal

Modern industrial style extensions are practical and can elevate the aesthetics of your home. It is all about planning the space and making sure the finishing and paint colours complement or contrast the original building.

Designing an extension to a period home may seem limited by the original architecture of the old house. But a modern extension to a period home does not need to be constrained. 

Extensions and renovations to old houses have as many options as a knockdown and rebuild option or building a new home. There are creative ways to go about it. Before you go and dive right in on your extension project. Consider the following:

  • Consult a designer and draftsman
  • Set a budget.
  • Hire a builder
  • Plan the tiles, fixtures, and fittings in advance.
  • Shop around for best prices.
  • Source materials locally.
  • Set a schedule or a calendar of tasks.
  • Set a reasonable timeline.
  • Consult the local council for permits

Extension Ideas Period Homes

When planning for a period home extension, it is important that you get enough support from the experts. Going at it alone without consulting an expert or a professional can cost you money and potentially compromise the integrity of the build.

If you are looking for some period home renovation ideas, then please speak to us at Period Extensions & Designs. We understand how delicate the process of renovating or building an extension on a period homes is.

Our award-winning designers have a plethora of experience when it comes to designing extensions and renovations to period-style homes. Our designs complement the old whilst giving you the modern-day comforts you are accustomed to. We will work with you and for you from start to finish.

We will listen to what you want and use our knowledge and experience to turn your vision into a truly exquisite design, which we will then bring to life. 

Whether you need help with the design or the actual extension and renovation itself, please call us today at Period Extensions & Designs on (03) 8658 1340 or contact us through our contact form.

Top 10 Renovation Mistakes
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Top 10 Renovation Mistakes 

Top 10 Renovation Mistakes

Home renovations can be a big challenge and can easily turn into a nightmare if they are not planned and implemented well. However, if done right, it can also make your dream renovation ideas come true.  

A few renovation mistakes can mean blowing your budget or delaying the project. It is important to know what to watch out for and focus on.

In this article, we have come up with a list of common but costly mistakes for you to try and avoid when you start your renovation project.

1). Choosing The Cheapest Contractor Or Builder

The cheapest almost always does not equate to ‘the best.’ Some companies give cheap quotes just to get the job. They then cut corners or provide you with materials and labour that are not up to standard. Remember that quality costs money. When you choose a building contractor, consider at least three written quotes.

Then, proceed by researching and checking their past projects and asking their previous clients for reviews. Stick to your budget without compromising the quality. When you go cheap, you get low-quality results. This, in turn, means you will regret the decision you have made later down the track. 

2). Lowballing Your Budget

Set a reasonable budget, that is making sure your budget matches the size of your project. When you set a very low budget, expect nothing but low quality. Do your research by asking others who have recently done a home renovation. Remember that the cost of materials is always on the increase and consequently, so is the cost of the build. 

Set aside 15% of the total budget as a contingency. Some unforeseen costs are bound to come up during the build. A damaged wall or electrical and plumbing issues can happen unexpectedly. It is important that you have a contingency budget available to fund these extra costs and avoid delays.

3). Skimping On Things That You Can’t See

Most of the components of your home that make it efficient can’t be seen. The foundation, insulation, plumbing and heating, termite treatments, etc. Just because you can’t see them does not mean you can skimp on quality. 

4). Measuring For Cabinetry

Measure twice and cut once. As the saying goes, accuracy in measuring cabinetry cannot be underestimated. Most homeowners buy cabinets without taking any measurements.

So when they buy and install, they realise it does not fit in their kitchen or other appliances such as their fridge don’t fit. When purchasing or having custom-built cabinetry, always measure and remeasure. 

Top 10 Renovation Mistakes

5). Order Extra Flooring

Do not order just enough flooring to cover what you need. It is wise to order 20% more than what is actually required so you have enough on hand to allow for wastage when cutting the tiles to fit the area as well as to replace any damaged ones down the track.

This is important because tiles are hard to match should you need them down the track, because for example, they may stop manufacturing that design or style. There is no guarantee that you will find the exact match or similar pattern when you may next need them.

This can be applied to timber flooring as well. It takes weeks to order and receive flooring materials. Delays in a renovation project may end up costing you more money.

6). Not Putting A Floor Drain In The Laundry

This small detail is often ignored and omitted from the plan. Imagine if the hose of your washing machine breaks, you could end up with a flooded laundry and possibly the rest of the house. This can lead to problems with your flooring and can potentially cause mould growth in the future. 

It has become popular to install a floor drain but most people try and install it themselves to save money. This is a big mistake. A laundry drain must be installed properly by a plumber. Floor drains direct water to the main drainage system and if not done right, laundry water can end up in the bathtub drain or kitchen sink.

7). Choosing Hardwood Flooring Without Considering Your Lifestyle And Needs

Hardwood floors add a touch of luxury and earthy tones to a home but it is not for everyone. If you have small kids and dogs, your hardwood floors will suffer more wear and tear.

Pet nails can scratch and damage the hardwood. Kids can spill food and drinks and cause all kinds of damage too. Hardwood floors are expensive. Consider using single board laminates or tiles for busy houses.

Top 10 Renovation Mistakes

8). Not Changing The Bathroom Layout

When you renovate, consider the best possible options and look to improve the natural flow of the space. Older bathrooms have awkward floor plans and most of the time, they do not work with the modern amenities.

Do not get intimidated with the task of changing the floor plan. It is usually not as difficult as it may seem. Moving the shower, toilet and sink can mean a more spacious and clutter-free bathroom.

9). Getting Too Trendy

The more you follow the latest trends for your home renovation, the quicker it goes out of style. Then you will need to redo it to update it. Stick with the classic and timeless styles and pieces and don’t go overboard with appliances.

10). Insisting On Granite

There are a wide variety of options for your benchtops rather than just granite. Some non-granite options are plate steel, butcher block, or a nice laminate. These are more practical and cost-effective choices.

When renovating your home, it is important to balance the quality and the cost. Plan it right and get it done with the best results so the changes will provide you with many years of comfort and joy.

Period Extensions & Designs is an award-winning home extension and renovation specialist based in Melbourne. We can design, build and project manage your dream space without going over budget or over time.

Whether you need help with the design or the actual extension and renovation itself, please call us today at Period Extensions & Designs on (03) 8658 1340 or contact us through our contact form.