1. WATER & UTILITIES
For many seasoned renovators, the bathrooms are the first rooms penciled in on blueprints. For one of our partners who gave his apartment a complete overhaul, the positioning of the four bathrooms he wanted determined the entire floor plan.
Check where the water supply lines and sewage points are first before planning for bathrooms, as well as the capacity of your water heater. The bigger the home, the more important this step is, and doubly so if you own a landed property.
You can get a quick on-site assessment of whether our water lines can cope with the additions by bringing a contractor to your home, before signing on any dotted line, or you can check in with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
If you’re a landed property owner and plan on adding a new floor, much less new rooms, make sure the electrical wiring in your home will be able to keep up with the new demands – once again, a contractor will be able to help with an assessment, or call in an electrician.
If the wiring is old (over 10 years, as a rule of thumb) don’t give up the opportunity to upgrade it rather than be forced to hack into the walls with a couple of years of the renovation.
Unless you’re expanding your kitchen and adding more appliances, such as an outdoor barbeque, your gas lines and metre should stand up to the new demands.