Options to consider when upgrading your beach house
Dotted throughout our coastal towns on the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast are some wonderful original beach houses and fisherman's shacks. These structures are full of character but showing their age. Most were not built with our climate in mind or with materials designed to last in our coastal region.
If you're thinking that it's time to upgrade your home, here are three options to consider. If you have questions or would like to get started, contact a reputable and professional homebuilder with experience in coastal living.
1. Renovate the Existing Building
If you like the position of your house on the block and you like the footprint you have, then the answer could be just to renovate. All you need may be just a new floor plan or moving a few walls and adding windows. With the addition of insulation, double-glazed windows, water tanks and solar energy, your beach house will become more energy-efficient and more comfortable to live in without having to tear it down and start over.
New kitchens, bathrooms and floor coverings can completely change the way you feel about your beach house. This is all possible if the house is structurally sound, but you need to consult with a professional to know for sure. With all these renovations, you never know what you will find in your beach house's structure until the walls start coming down.
If you can renovate your existing home, you may be able to save money and time while still getting the home you want.
2. Renovate and Extend
Perhaps you like your beach house, but you just need something bigger. In this case, you don't have to start over-consider an extension. Extensions involve the renovation of the existing building as part of the overall project. As in renovating, you'll need to address any energy- efficiency deficits, plumbing or electrical problems and structural issues in the existing house.
Extensions can be simply adding an extra room to the back or adding a second level onto the existing home. Extensions can be designed to blend or to stand out; it's up to you and your sense of style.
When you renovate and extend, you will totally transform your beach house, giving you a more attractive and more functional space that fits your family and your guests.
3. Knock Down and Rebuild
You love the site and the aspect, but you don't love the house, or the house is too far gone to save. Demolishing the existing house and rebuilding can sometimes be much more cost-effective than renovation or extending, and you will get the exact beach house you want instead of having to compromise due to the existing structure.
If you choose to knock down your beach house and rebuild, your new home can be energy-efficient, designed to meet your needs and in the layout that suits your lifestyle. However, if you're going to invest in this exciting new start for your home, make sure to work with a builder that you can trust. A total rebuild is important, so you need to make sure your team has experience and will do excellent work.
Investing in your home or beach house makes sense, and investing in the way you live makes even greater sense. With the still-growing demand for homes in our region, towns such as Portarlington, Indented Head, St Leonards, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Barwon Heads and Torquay have become real estate hotspots. Enjoy the property you already have by renovating, extending, or rebuilding it.
If you would like to discuss any of these options, please call our team at Coastyle Building Solutions on 5257 3322.