Do I get plans done first?
  • Do I get plans done first?

    A common early decision that causes much conjecture for those proposing to do a Home Extension is whether or not to get plans done first or done by the selected Extension Builder! Unfortunately the ramifications of this choice are not felt until after the event and at quoting stage. It is certainly the view of Extensions Unlimited after many years of building home extension in Melbourne that getting plans done too early leads much more often than not to massive disappointment, disillusionment of the industry and thousands of dollars wasted. Why? Its really a case of human nature…The Clients have ideas and find an architect or draughts person to draw up their ideas. As these people are not builders they quite often have no, limited or outdated ideas on costs and are basically just there to draw what YOU ask them too. This, after all, is what you have engaged them to do right! And like all of us our ‘want’s and wishes’ can quite often exceed our ‘needs’ and the plans become a perfect picture of what you want your home to look like. You’ve drawn a ‘Ferrari’. The facts are however that your budget was probably for something else. Maybe a commodore, maybe a Calais, or perhaps an Audi…but not a Ferrari. But you don’t find this out until you send your plans out to Tender. Assuming that you can find a Builder that will even look at your plans you will most likely discover that the quotes are miles over your budget which then makes your expensive plans worthless, the excitement of what you believed you could have gone and the very hard task of going back to a clean slate….You’ve just lost a lot of time and thousands of dollars !! By engaging an Extension Builder that can do the whole process in house, from professional draft design, through plans and permits and to construction you will find that from the initial design stage, which should be a free service, an accurate budget can be established and monitored along the way so that any formal contract price and final construction are all within expectations. This is achieved because the builder is expert in this area and can work in partnership to balance your needs to he most economical design and can have real time conversations on cost implications as you ask the question Unlike finding out the answer months later when a quote comes in on your drawings.


We would like to express our gratitude to you & your team for your recently completed Project of a second storey addition to our existing weatherboard home. From our first meeting with the Designer, we were confident in his enthusiasm for the business & his passion to design an extension...

Steve & Sophie – Ringwood Nth

It was a great experience and was handled with great care. It could have been a stressful time with a toddler, newborn, two dogs & a home extension. But it was really good & we really love our new space and home.

Ryan & Lisa – Viewbank

We purchased in an area we loved & that was a major factor in making the decision to extend...we loved the idea of being able to create something that suited our needs.

Alex & Sam – Knoxfield

Right from the first phone call we found the whole team at Extensions Unlimited to be very attentive and professional. The Design Consultant listened to our requests, and came up with a design that suited our needs and existing construction. Once the work commenced, we had fairly tight deadlines due...

Brenda – Glen Waverley

Our initial contact with the company was great. The Design Consultant met us for our first appointment and listened to our ideas and came up with a design which was exactly what we were looking for. The process was very easy and construction started after only a few months of...

Michael & Natalie – Nunawading

Very happy with our upstairs extension. The company stood out from the very beginning in terms of customer service as well as promptness and clarity of communication.Our project was finished on time and within budget. Have to especially acknowledge our Project Manager and our Designer. Our Designer was very patient...

Harish – Essendon

We opted for Extensions Unlimited purely based on our experience with our Designer. We were impressed by his professionalism & conscientiousness in finding the best design for our needs. Moreover, we felt he was someone we could trust. In fact, all Extensions Unlimited staff members were professional & friendly, so...

Stephen & Kim – Glen Waverley

Excellent Project Management! Communication was always clear, precise, timely & trustworthy. The whole extension / renovation process was well handled and we enjoyed the journey.

Huei & Chin-Wei – Mount Waverley


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