It wasn’t so long ago I decided to build an extension. It was a decision based on whether to sell and get a bigger house, learn to live with the growing family all squeezed up or start building. Finances decided it, moving house to one in the same area just seemed a costly exercise so adding on was the option chosen.
My existing house was an old style type with the hardiplank cladding and a tin roof. Had it resprayed a few years earlier in a nice colorbond grey so when the decision was made to add on I wanted to keep the character flowing.
Doing owner building saved me many thousands of dollars. I’m not sure if I’d recommend it to everyone as I do have a background in architecture so that made it a bit easier.
The finished extension looks really good, the new colorbond roofing matches the existing painted roof perfectly (and no more painting on that end ever required) and didn’t need any heavy labour for the plumber to fix it. In fact is all arrived cut to size and it was a one day job. Great as this only meant one days pay for the plumber!
I kept the windows not full length to further match the original but have added a bit of a modern slant so the extension a sloped roof with a couple different planes and angles as compared to the main house that is a standard pitched roof.
At the front of the house I’ve finished off the front verandah with some clear roofing to let the sun in but keep the rain off. Wasn’t sure whether to go for the fiberglass roofing or laserlite as they are both good options, fortunately my decision was made for me as my plumber had some clear laserlite left over from a job that he had recently done. It was light weight and easy to retro fit and the plumber pulled off some of the old corrugated iron sheets. Let there be light!
Speaking of rain, with all this extra roofing I’m thinking a nice water tank. I’ve seen plastic ones and am going to look into the bluescope water tank option too before deciding on which to choose. I think bigger may be better but that will require another visit from the plumber.
Really I think I will never be finished with my renovations, which is a good think because its sometimes challenging but always enjoyable.
Out of all the things I like about my new living areas, it’s a toss up between the colorbond roofing and the exposed Oregon beams. Both seem to have chameleon like characterisitics, being the ability to be ‘rustic and modern, contemporary and classic, homely and industrial, classic and on trend.