Melbourne’s Home Extension Specialist
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Home Extensions Melbourne
From our base in Melbourne’s Inner-Eastern suburbs, the team at JTDODD has developed a reputation for delivering home extensions of the highest quality. Whether you’re looking for a bit of extra room to accommodate your expanding family, or an impressive new space that’s perfect for entertaining, let us be the ones to provide it!
We are passionate about enhancing homes with quality structural additions designed to offer extra space, ultimate functionality and improved aesthetic, while simultaneously adding value. Our mission is to work with clients to help them realise their dreams. Throughout, we are committed to removing any stress from the process, expertly managing every stage from design to construction and beyond.
We take a quality-focused approach to ensure we not only meet our client’s expectations, but exceed them every time. This is enabled by our efficient processes, commitment to using the best materials sourced from a trusted network of suppliers, and flawless workmanship.
The Clare Street Project
“Josh was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend his company to anyone looking to build their new home. The Quality of their work was exceptional, can’t wait to sell the next project!”
James Lingwood – McGrath Estate Agents
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How much should a Home Extension cost?
Often the first question a new client will ask is how much they should spend on their extension. It’s a difficult thing to answer definitively during the planning stages, particularly when you consider the many variables that come into play.
One way to get an indication of the potential costs associated with your extension project is to book an on-site consultation with a construction specialist. Once you’ve given them an idea of your family’s distinct requirements and goals, they should be able to give you a realistic indication of what sort of budget you should allow.
Our Consultation Process
We’ll begin our relationship with you by conducting a free, no-obligation strategy call. By asking some initial questions, we’ll determine if and how we can support you in the construction of your extension. This will be followed by an on-site meeting where further investigations will help us fully understand your lifestyle, wants and needs.
We’ll then spend time considering your options, before presenting our recommendations and inviting your feedback, and tailoring a plan that will to meet all of your requirements.
Budgeting for an Extension
There are a number of things that need to happen before your final budget can be determined. In the initial stages, we’ll calculate a rough estimate per square metre, based on the size, quality and complexity of the construction associated with the build.
Next up, we’ll work with all contractors throughout the design phase to ensure what is being planned will fall within the available budget. Be aware that you’ll need various drawings, permits and reports at this stage, all of which will need to be budgeted for in addition to the costs directly associated with the build itself.
Once all of this preliminary work has been completed, we’ll be in a position to calculate your fixed price and give a final quote. Typical factors that will play a role here are choice of materials, fixtures and fittings, labour, equipment and timeframe, and any additional expenditures on luxury items.
What should I expect during the process?
Basically, you can expect us to be on-hand to provide expertise and walk you through the process at every stage. From the first time we sit down to commence initial planning, right through to design, costings, contracts, construction, handover and maintenance, we’ll seamlessly manage every aspect so you won’t need to worry about a thing. We’re often told by clients the level of service we provide is second-to-none, and difficult to find elsewhere.
And because we want you to feel involved, consulted and heard throughout the process, we are committed to offering the highest levels of communication and transparency throughout.
The JTDODD Difference
We believe education is key, which is why we continually endeavour to ensure clients understand exactly what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and what to expect at every turn.
With JTDODD you can count on the fact we’ll do exactly what we say we’re going to do. You’ll remain across every detail of the project in real-time, thanks to our online client portal. This user-friendly tool will enable you to to monitor progress and approve changes from wherever you happen to be.
“The standard of work & service exceeded my expectations”
A kitchen is often the focal point and social hub of a home. It’s a functional space that needs to enable creativity while also providing a beautiful space in which to entertain and make memories. Maximise your existing kitchen space and get a stunning new look with a high quality renovation.
Bathrooms can provide both a sanctuary to relax in, and a functional space that helps you get ready to face the world. Our goal is to transform your bathroom and leave you with a beautiful and functional space that will add significant value to your property.
Are you renovating your house?
“We purchased a house that Josh built and had a professional building inspection conducted on the house prior to purchase.
The person undertaking the formal building inspection told us that it is one of the best examples of quality that he has seen in a long time… that the builder’s prowess and attention to detail was outstanding. We had friends through the house who are also builders and commented on the quality and finish! Well done to Josh, we are would highly recommend him to anyone who would ask.”
Roger & Claire
“Josh and his team were thoroughly professional in the complete rebuilding package they offered me. The design and solutions to my problems were innovative and offered me a better result than I had initially anticipated. The job was completed on time with no fuss.
While I was not necessarily seeking the cheapest quote available. I was delighted that the works came in the right on budget. But the standard of work and service exceeded my expectations.”
“As a retired registered builder and now a building and maintenance supervisor for a large organisation in the retirement sector I have no hesitation in recommending JTDODD for your next renovation.
They have now completed a number of renovations for us over an extended period of time and are now our preferred contractor because of their good communication skills, their high quality of work and their pre planning all of which go to taking any stress out of the project and helping the job run smoothly.”
Uniting Care Harrison
“I sold a beautiful house that JT Dodd built in late 2018 when the market was very slow. We had a whole range of different people through who all commented on the quality of the build. Myself and others were very impressed with the quality of finish throughout the entire house.
JT Dodd produced both quality and fast build times. Josh is a very professional, registered builder who knows his stuff and truly cares about end result. I would recommend Josh to anyone who would like to renovate & create that new home feeling.”
McGrath Real Estate
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do extensions increase house value?
Absolutely. A high quality extension that adds functional space and boosts the visual appeal of a property has the potential to add a huge amount of value. Exactly how much is quite a tricky thing to determine without first considering a number of factors including style, quality, functionality and size.
It is therefore vital that you select your builder carefully to ensure a high quality finish and maximise the potential returns if and when you come to sell.
How much does it cost to add a bedroom to a house?
Again, this is a tough one to answer without knowing some of the specifics around the property in question and the extra room itself. The potential costs can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors, from style through to size, timeline and quality.
The best way to get an idea of the potential costs involved with adding an extra room to your property is to book a consultation or on-site meeting with your builder. By discussing your distinct requirements and what you hope to achieve with the new space, they will be able to give you an indication of the amount you should be expecting to spend in order to get the results you want.
How long do house renovations take?
You also have access to our work schedule in our Project Management software. This outlines every trade’s tasks and timelines, ensuring you’re well informed of the progress of your build.
Also, we have penalties built into our contracts if we haven’t completed the build within our allotted time frame however, we have never had a client who has claimed this penalty, giving you peace of mind that we are committed to complete your build on time.
Do I need an architect for an extension?
Not necessarily. Depending on your available budget you might opt to use a draftsman instead. Essentially, while an architect can oversee the entire breadth of tasks involved with a construction project, a draftsman focuses more specifically on the creation of the designs and drafts used by the builders during construction.
It really depends on your goal. For a more straightforward build, a draftsman may be the right fit. For something more complex in design, an architect could be the right way to go.
Do you need council approval for renovations?
The answer to this question will vary depending on where you live, with different rules and regulations coming into play depending on your local council. Each council has what’s known as a ‘planning scheme’. These planning schemes are designed to regulate the use and development of land in that specific locality.
One way this is achieved is the requirement of permits for certain types of land use and development. As the property owner, it’s your responsibility to find out whether a permit is required before you start work on your extension. Before you go any further, make sure you check out the specific requirements that apply to your particular address by approaching the planning department at your local council directly.
How much can I extend my house without planning permission?
The answer to this question will vary depending on where you live, with different rules and regulations coming into play depending on your local council. Each council has what’s known as a ‘planning scheme’. These planning schemes are designed to regulate the use and development of land in that specific locality. One way this is achieved is the requirement of permits for certain types of land use and development.
As the property owner, it’s your responsibility to find out whether a permit is required before you start work on your extension. Before you go any further, make sure you check out the specific requirements that apply to your particular address by approaching the planning department at your local council directly.
Is a house extension budget important?
You’ll either spend way more than you intended or your home won’t be fully completed and you’ll compromise on quality.
This is why we take time to listen to our client’s needs and wants to customise a renovation to suit their budget and align it with their renovation design. Our process is fool proof and takes you on the journey from initial consultation right through to handing back a stunning renovation that their friends and family are envious of.