You spent months trawling property sites. You had alerts set to notify you. You know your perfect location. You put the wires out, and friends and family tipped you off whenever they saw something that might suit. And finally, after all the hard work, you’ve nailed down your ideal location. It’s a great opportunity to get something right near where you want… but the house is only a few hundred square metres. Not nearly as large as you need to create your ideal new home. Still, you decide to take a look. This is the perfect location. You arrive there, and the hope starts to dwindle as you take in this dishevelled, drab property. A fixer-upper if there was one.

It may look like the wrong house, but looks can be deceptive

Yes, narrow passages and those single bedrooms are not going to get you far. And indeed, those dark rooms, low ceilings and cramped corridors are not even in the ballpark of what you have in mind. But when you find an opportunity in your ideal location, it’s really worth exploring what’s possible with the property before you give up on it.

With the bit of exterior space, the right plan, and the right team behind you, you can transform the wrong house into a bright, warm modern home that’s suitable for your whole family. If you have a decent amount of exterior space on the property, you’d be amazed at what you can achieve. Doubling the living space of your potential property is very often feasible – even if you can’t picture it now. Before you give up on it, it can help to get an expert opinion on what can be done to extend your home

Making the planning application a cinch

For many homebuyers, the planning process can be difficult. You have ideas, like something that’ll allow you to completely overhaul your kitchen. But they don’t match what the planning board will accept. You end up going back and forth, and the delays can seem endless. Unfortunately, this happens all too often — even when you’re working with a builder. To prevent this, we handle the entire planning process for our clients, making sure that everything we plan together is designed to work with planning. This means that the design we come up with together should be permissible. It means that there’s no going back to the drawing board. And no time wasted. The plans we make in the early stages is usually very close to what you get as the end result.