Carports & Garages
Building a garage should generally increase the value of your home (broadly speaking) especially if the garage offers storage solutions for things other than your car and can even offer additional living space.
Alternatively a carport costs a lot less to construct than a garage, whilst also offering undercover protection for your car.
You will most likely need to secure council approval and getting in touch with your local council will inform you of what is required. Here is an information sheet by the NSW Government which explains when carports and garages can be built without the need for development approval from council, including the size and location requirements that carports and garages must comply with.
Confused about design, planning and development applications? Head to our Design & Planning section to point you in the right direction.
Pergolas / gazebos
A stunning addition to your outdoor living area is a pergola or gazebo - a framework which can be added as an extension to your existing building, connecting areas, or as a stand-alone feature.
It adds a different dimension to your zone, creating a lovely shaded spot, and is commonly used as a supporting structure for wisteria or grape vines.
You can do some minor building works to your house without a development application. These types of development are known as ‘exempt development’ and ‘complying development’.
In the case of a pergola you will likely need to get in touch with your local council to obtain a development application (DA) However, here is a link to a useful information sheet by the NSW Government which explains the requirements for balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces and verandahs which may be erected as exempt development.
If any of this sounds confusing, don’t worry. Get in touch with HY’s and we have all the right contacts and connections to help guide you through so that your build is a breeze.
What to look for when getting a quote
It’s important to know what to look for as you may get some estimates which seem comparatively less than others.
Take a closer look and there can be things missing, meaning you’ll get a nasty surprise as the costs mount up.
That won’t happen with HY’s.
We quote for everything... that means the demolition, plumbing, electrical, splashbacks... It is priced to complete.
HY’s provide you with talented carpenters, painters, tilers, plumbers and electricians – all without having to shop around yourself.
And remember, we’re a small builder, so we can turn things around quickly and professionally yet make it an enjoyable process with a friendly, approachable team.
We’ll get back to you with an estimate and timeline within 48 hours
Plan your budget & goals carefully.
It’s so easy to overspend or rush into jobs which will cost you further down the track. Generally it’s a good idea to factor in an extra 10% contingency budget. And think about what is worth paying a little bit more for now which can help to reduce bills and make things more comfortable while you are living there.
We’ll guide you
The beauty of using HY’s is that we have the best renovation specialists to hand and take the hassle out of all the different options and decision-making, because we help guide you.
The first thing we do is to book a consultation with you, so that you can describe the vision you have for your renovation.
Planning and design
At your consultation, we’ll review and measure up the space and discuss design options such as layout, cabinetry, flooring, lighting, plumbing, fittings and finishes.
From here we guide you as to the best solution for your property’s structure, your lifestyle and your budget.