Home Extension. -How this Brisbane family built FAST + in budget

Home Extension. -How this Brisbane family built FAST + in budget
October 17, 2019 Fiona

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Home Extension Nightmare to Dream Extension

We recently completed a “house extension” for a family in Bray Park, who had outgrown their existing home.

With four children, nearly all of them teenagers, the McDougall family needed far more space.

However they weren’t willing to compromise on location – having spent the last decade building a life in Bray Park, they understandably wanted to stay here.

They made the decision to investigate a home extension to accommodate their growing family.

After talking to many builders who didn’t seem cut out for the job, the McDougalls got in touch with Eco Building Services with a brief and a budget they weren’t willing to change.

The Problem

We met with the McDougall family in October 2018 for a Project Assesment meeting.

The news was NOT good!

Their budget wasn’t enough to turn their dream home extension into reality.

However, there was light at the end of the tunnel!

Seperating their wants from their needs, allowed us to formulate a plan.

Creating a simple step by step process for a collaborative approach to designing their extension within budget.

Working closely with our designer, we created a selection of concept plans.

We also developed a feasibility study to evaluate the interim budget.

These numbers came in very close to their upper limit.

So after talking through the layout and learning about how the McDougalls used their existing home, we realised the plans needed tweaking.


Re-working the plans allowed us to come well into budget for this home extension!

Once we had walked the family through their home extension plans and they were satisfied with everything.

Time for construction and engineering plans.

We took some time to sit with the engineer and discuss alternative bracing methods and requirements.

During this meeting we managed to shave $17,800 off the quote, bringing the final fixed price contract for this home extension, back into budget.

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The Solution

We sat down with the McDougalls and walked them through their comprehensive home extension proposal.

As this was over 45 pages long and needed a few hours to ensure they understood all of the inclusions and exclusions.

The schedule allowed them to see the different stages and understand how these would affect their lives, meaning they could plan around the build.

One of the biggest hurdles we faced was the issue of noise, as the youngest kids were still being home schooled.

Putting together a schedule highlighting the noisiest day, allowed us to work around the noise issues.

This is where our online client portal became invaluable!

By following the progress on the client portal, the family was able to work around the noisier days by incorporating library/excursion days.

This portal was a godsend for the couple and their oldest children.

The portal allowed us all to collaborate on important decisions remotely and efficiently.


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The Results

We scheduled the start of this project for early the next year and completed the build later the same year. Rather than learn about the results from us, let’s hear from the McDougalls themselves…

“Eco Building Services did a fantastic job with our home extension!

We were in need of more living space, an additional bathroom, a true master bedroom, and an office space to run our family business.

After speaking with another local builder who sounded all too happy to cut corners, we contacted Adrien.

Right from the initial consultation, Adrien was incredibly helpful and clearly wanted to make sure everything was done properly.

Eco Building organised to have their architect, Tanya, draw up all of the plans.

Tanya understood what we needed, and designed everything beautifully, to cater for all of our needs, as well as finding ways to fit in the little luxuries we had hoped for.

Once we were given the price for the project, it was set, as Eco Building had factored in every expense.

There weren’t any shocks when we received each invoice.

When construction started, we got to meet the building team, who are such a great bunch! They were so hard working, got along really well, and did an exceptional job.

Adrien and his team were always happy to answer any questions and help out however they could.

We would definitely use Eco Building Services in the future and have already recommended them to a friend who is considering renovations!

Thank you to the Eco Building Services team for doing such a great job! We truly love our home!”

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