Guiding Principles for Perth Home Renovations

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In Western Australia, when it comes to renovating there are certain regulations that must be adhered to. Here’s how you can stay one step ahead of the law.

Heritage Concerns

When it comes to property over a certain age, most local councils have a particular set of restrictions to preserve a building’s heritage. Some golden rules include retaining the original character of the house and sticking to traditional building materials. Concrete blocks and metal window frames will often be rejected by councils. 

Engineering Reports

An engineer is required to visit the site, and ensure the building is structurally sound to support your planned renovation. They’ll then create a Structural Engineering Report providing solutions to any structural issues you may face. 

Council Approval

Council approval is essential whenever you undertake renovations of any kind, regardless of if they are minor or major. Each local council has its own unique set of by-laws, so make sure you check with your council and apply for any relevant building permits first. It’s also a good idea to make the council your first port-of-call, as council approval can often take several months. 

Plumbing Work

In Western Australia, all plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber. Hiring a plumber that is highly experienced in bathroom and kitchen renovations will ensure the renovation goes smoothly, avoiding any potential problems. 

Paint & Decorating

Painting and decorating isn’t just about the walls and ceilings. It also includes varnishing, staining and decorative effects on appliances. In Australia, painters must be licensed, so if you’re in any doubt, head to the Building Commission website to check whether your painter is registered. 

Installing a Swimming Pool or Spa

As with building renovations, installing a swimming pool or spa also requires a building permit from your local council. Safety barriers are of massive importance in Australia, and in Western Australia all private swimming pools and spas with water over 300mm deep must have a compliant barrier installed.

Renovating shouldn’t be stressful! We’re Perth’s trusted renovation company, here to take care of every last little detail for you. Here at Nexus, you’ll be in contact with the director every step of the way. Get in touch with us today and enjoy the Nexus experience.