Renovating an old house can come with its own sets of problems and concerns. Consider these recommendations for the building designers at Green Start Design to not make this purchase a painful experience for both you and your wallet:
- Structurally sound
While older houses can be excellently built despite its seniority, some others warrant a foundational and structural check. When visiting the property, look for elements that are showing the weakness of the house such as uneven flooring, cracks on walls or a sagging roof.
Unfortunately, termites are usually very hard to see and have a significant impact on the structure. Firstly, check if there has been a record of termite activity in the house. Secondly, keep an eye out for signs of termite activities in or around your home such as: mud tunnels on the outside of house structures, frass on the floor, paint discoloration on wooden surfaces, etc.
Since 31 December 2003 products with asbestos content have been barred throughout Australia as a result of health effects such as skin and throat irritation from its inhalation. If the house was built before 1990 it is likely that it contains an asbestos product such as cement sheeting, which is the most commonly discovered product. Depending on the amount of asbestos materials used, the cost for the removal can be significant. Although it is very hard to identify the presence of asbestos on site the only way is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory.
- Lead paint
Similar with the asbestos, lead paint can have a negative health effect. However, you may be able to manage it yourself while renovating your house. Check the Australian Standard (AS 4361.2) to find out how to deal with lead paint. If it is a large amount, we recommend getting a professional in to help manage that.
It is important that you inspect the home’s insulation (type of windows, insulation in walls and roof, etc.) to get a better picture on the changes you will need to make to meet the energy efficiency requirements in the building codes. ⇒ CLICK HERE ⇐ to contact our energy assessors for more information.
Once all of these elements have been assessed, you are now ready to delve into the design of your new home. Contact our building designers to help you transform your ideas today! ⇒ CONTACT OUR BUILDING DESIGNERS ⇐