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    When we bought our house it was unliveable but we gutted it and rebuilt it inside.

    It was expensive but we didn't do any of the work ourselves. Time was the most important factor for us so it was better to pay professionals.

    The bulk of the cost was the demolition.

    Id honestly do it agin in a heartbeat.

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    Default How much does it really cost to renovate/extend?

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    We bought our house 6+ years ago, a *ahem* 'renovators delight'.

    Unless you can do the work yourself it's hideously expensive. A new kitchen costs anywhere between $10-$20k, a complete rehauled bathroom costs around $15k. There would also be minimum sizes on rooms to be able to call it a 'bedroom' so that people don't start calling cupboards bedrooms. The age of a house can also play a factor. Our house was built in the mid 60s so it's asbestos, no wall or roof is plumb and nothing is what is now standard size (eg windows) so often things need to be custom made or customised to fit. Older houses can also have more maintenance costs such as upgrading electrics, repointing or replacing roofs, replacing drainage and plumbing which are all PITA because you have to pay a fortune and there is no visible difference to the house.

    Both our children are very familiar with the local Bunnings.
    I could have written exactly this. We bought a house built in 1918, well whoever built it must have been stoned or drunk because not one single thing in the house is level, or built with any good timber, just bits of leftover junk. We do everything ourselves as we can't afford tradies, and are replacing everything old with nice new stuff. We spend pretty much every weekend working on it, and spend most of our money on it (for example this weekend we put on a new front door $260, door frame $160, door handle $40) I also know the names of every single damn person in our local Mitre 10....however, if all goes to plan we are set to make a huge profit as the people wanted rid of the house so we bought it for peanuts and we are not financing the Renos so there is a positive in it all too! (although sometimes I just wish we had a brand new house and a huge mortgage lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    When we bought our house it was unliveable but we gutted it and rebuilt it inside.

    It was expensive but we didn't do any of the work ourselves. Time was the most important factor for us so it was better to pay professionals.

    The bulk of the cost was the demolition.

    Id honestly do it agin in a heartbeat.
    You d
    o it again, and I'll have your house? Deal?

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    Haha you will only get me out of here in a box! But that's because I hate moving and packing so much!


    OP - I think I remember reading somewhere that for an extension allow around $1500 per sqm you want to add. And then there's prime costs - lighting etc - on top of that.

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    We Reno'd our last house, it took twice as long as we thought, but not as much $ as we thought, cos we did it ourselves. But the pressure and the workload were shocking! It took us 3 years and we had to move out 6 months after finishing aargh! I would not do it again, no way! Esp with kids, unless you can hire tradies and move out for the dirty bits.

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    I've just found a house... It's only got 3 bedrooms but rumpus room that can be sectioned off to make a small 4th bedroom (been quoted $6000 for walls paint, lights etc)
    It need lots of cosmetic work, but one block back from the beach and 15 minute walk to shops..
    Archways, daggy paint colour, full WOOD panel kitchen - so ugly but good size. Possibly would need central heating or something similar. No restructuring or huge interanl work needed.
    Render the outside. New bathroom etc etc etc etc etc
    860sq metre block.
    It would use up every penny we had so couldn't do any work straight away....

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    Quote Originally Posted by faroutbrusselsprout View Post
    I've just found a house... It's only got 3 bedrooms but rumpus room that can be sectioned off to make a small 4th bedroom (been quoted $6000 for walls paint, lights etc)
    It need lots of cosmetic work, but one block back from the beach and 15 minute walk to shops..
    Archways, daggy paint colour, full WOOD panel kitchen - so ugly but good size. Possibly would need central heating or something similar. No restructuring or huge interanl work needed.
    Render the outside. New bathroom etc etc etc etc etc
    860sq metre block.
    It would use up every penny we had so couldn't do any work straight away....
    Sounds good, Cosmetic stuff is fairly easy to fix and change.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Dragon View Post
    Sounds good, Cosmetic stuff is fairly easy to fix and change.
    Good luck.
    Thanks! It's so different to where we are living now... It will be a huge shock to the system. Our current ensuite is as big as the kitchen! BUT this house is not ours so prepared to slum it a bit to get in the market.... Famous last words?

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    I think it costs more then ppl plan for - my hubby is a chippy and we have done some renos/improvements. Recently we did the kitchen - pretty basic no structural but painting, new tiles, new benchtips etc. It would have cost us about $3-5k for materials and then $7k for the new oven/rangehood. Had we had someone in it would have been more like $15k. I find everyting costs more then what you first imagine and if your hubby isn't handy I don't know if i would bother.

    We are looking at doing a reno on my dads place - new bathrooms, kitchen refresh, new carpets, curtains, paint etc (but nothing really structural) and have set a budget of around $60k which won't include hubby's time.

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    This was my worry..
    But it's either get something we know will increase in value and do some really small changes to it. (My Dh's best mate, and my uncle, dad and brother are all very handy!) DH would be a good assistant.
    Or buy something will no potential (brick veneer estate type house)
    Or stay in the rental market
    It's all very sudden and we are still exploring our options
    Thanks for everyone's stories and advice. I really appreciate it.


 

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