Renovating

Thanks to reality television, people can be forgiven for thinking home renovation is a simple, quick and painless process. But the reality of home renovation can be hard work, sweat and tears and sometimes a long process. As exciting as the prospect of renovation can be, your experience and end result can be greatly enhanced by planning ahead, seeking professional advice and knowing potential problems before they surface.

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When proposing to build any structure or make alterations to any structure including internal, it is recommended that advice be sort as to whether or not a building application will be required. While there are some exceptions, it is important to obtain the right advice before you commence any work to protect your investment. This advice is best provided by council's Building Certification section, plumbing inspectors and duty planner. ...
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A great resource for home renovating is the Australian Government's Renovator's Guide. This online guide covers all the major issues relating to renovation; totally independent of commercial interests - and without the commercials you get with television. www.yourhome.gov.au ...
An ensuite or bathroom may require a plumbing approval if moving or adding water fixtures. Please contact Council's Duty Plumbing Inspector before undertaking plumbing works to ascertain whether you will require a plumbing approval or are to lodge a required form for notifiable works. ...
Whether partially or fully enclosing a covered area, verandah or deck, a building approval is required. A partially enclosed covered area, verandah or deck will be considered to be a non-habitable room and there are less stringent requirements for the building work. A fully enclosed covered area, verandah or deck will be considered a habitable room and there are increased requirements for the building work. ...
This form is to be completed by the Applicant and submitted with the Development Application for building work. In providing accurate details on the following, the applicant is ensuring timely processing of the application. ...
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