Renovation + Home Improvement
Mar 21, 2021 6:51 pm
My wife and I are exploring the possibility of extending our living area as below - We'd love a spot to put our dining table without walking into it all of the time . We are looking to knock down the wall in yellow and replace it with a structural beam, we would then build a partial brick wall (in blue) and glass windows/door (in red) to extend the living area. Combined with both levelling/flooring, gyprocking interior, lighting etc.. Currently, the alfresco area is also undercover up to the blue/red line, as it sits below the first storey of our townhouse. Where the blue/red line sits appears to already have a structural beam in place, allowing us to build a wall up to it, and windows, doors beneath it.
Does anyone know the most cost-effective way to explore this? We have used an engineer in the past to use a structural beam in our previous apartment, however, it did not require council approval (They said not to waste time applying..). As such, we don't really wish to consult one until we know for certain that we could get it approved.
This time, I'm assuming that we would need to consult/apply to council in order to ensure that it remains within the legislated FSR and other guidelines before applying to our strata committee?
Has anyone gone through a similar process? For such a simple extension, could we just draw up the plans ourselves using the real estate agents floorplan similar to below and apply to council?
Any input would be appreciated - thanks all.
Re: Extending living area onto alfresco area (Townhouse in N2
Apr 04, 2021 11:06 am
"For such a simple extension, could we just draw up the plans ourselves using the real estate agents floorplan similar to below and apply to council?"
You need a lot more than that even though it appears to be a simple extension. Most councils ( and some Strata's ) won't even look at a DA without all the standard drawings in place and a building designer/draftie should be employed to do that. You can however use the drawing above to go down to your council and ask to see the duty town planner for some advice which they should be able to do that easily.
The only hurdle I can see is that it may reduce your outdoor living space too much and breach their guidelines.
Knowing which council you are dealing with would help. We don't even know which state you are in ( put it in your sig ).
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