Frequently Asked Questions

General

How does the entire process work?

Quotations by a business have a high monetary cost which eventually becomes part of the cost to the consumer. At The House Shop we have developed a streamlined process to ensure our products are competitive to the customer. This involves the customer providing preliminary information such as basic measurements and photographs of their project. Most customers are able to do this with their phone and email or text.

Step one:

The customer visits The House Shop and provides their details and a brief description of their intended project. Alternatively they email The House Shop with their information.

Step two:

The House Shop staff forward the request to the appropriate qualified person to prepare a quotation. Staff keep the customer informed each step during the process.

Step three:

The qualified person then prepares the quotation which may entail sourcing further information from the customer. This is done by email.

Step four:

The quotation is presented to the customer for approval.

Step five:

On acceptance of the quotation The House Shop staff will check measure the job and verify all client requirements prior to fabrication or construction.

These five simple steps are the simplest and most cost effective method of providing a quotation service to the customer. At The House Shop staff are dedicated to providing a prompt service to the customer.

Will the agreed contract price change?

No! There are no hidden costs or surprises, the amount you pay is the agreed amount in the contract, unless variations or additional work is requested. In which case, you’ll receive a clear quote before any amendments commence.

DO I NEED TO HAVE DESIGN IDEAS BEFORE I START THE RENOVATION PROCESS?

Absolutely not; but it helps if you do. The fully-qualified, creative team at The House Shop are happy to help you generate ideas or work through the ones you already have.

Bathroom

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom?

The cost of a bathroom renovation depends on many factors. For example, will the renovation involve structural changes, the type and quality of accessories and finishes selected, will plumbing need to be installed or plumbing fixtures moved, will you be supplying your own tiles and finishes or do you require a fully inclusive package?

These are just some of the many issues to be considered. On average, though, a complete bathroom makeover usually costs between $8,500 and $25,000. The best way to determine cost is to have The House Shop provide a free no obligation quote.

How long does it take to renovate a bathroom?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most bathroom renovations take 2 to 3 weeks. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

I’M RESTRICTED TO A SMALL BATHROOM. HOW DO I CREATE A BATHROOM THAT LOOKS SPACIOUS, WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON STORAGE?

Mirrors reflect light and add the illusion of space, so consider where they might be placed. Mirrored cabinets are a great option as they also offer added storage space.

Choose wall-hung toilets, vanity units and shelving to make the most of your space and minimise low-lying clutter.

Bathroom furniture with hidden storage, side shelves or compartments within drawers can help clear bench space by reducing the clutter which small spaces can’t afford. Wall hung accessories are another great way to reduce bench clutter as are multifunctional products like basins with integrated towel rails.

Larger tiles will make your floor look bigger. Using the same tile on both the floor and walls will also make the bathroom look and feel more spacious.

I WANT MY BATHROOM DESIGN TO BE MODERN, YET TIMELESS ENOUGH TO LAST ME FOREVER. HOW CAN I ACHIEVE THIS?

Choose designs in neutral and chrome tones, which are unlikely to go out of style. You can always bring fresh bursts of colour in with soft furnishings and accessories.

Layers of white will always project a timeless quality and makes the space feel clean and fresh.

Spend that little bit extra for the perfect basin or bath to make sure you get the bathroom experience to last a lifetime.

Choose wall-hung toilets, vanity units and shelving to make the most of your space and minimise low-lying clutter.

Bathroom furniture with hidden storage, side shelves or compartments within drawers can help clear bench space by reducing the clutter which small spaces can’t afford. Wall hung accessories are another great way to reduce bench clutter as are multifunctional products like basins with integrated towel rails.

Larger tiles will make your floor look bigger. Using the same tile on both the floor and walls will also make the bathroom look and feel more spacious.

MY BATHROOM IS PERFECTLY FINE, JUST A BIT DATED. WITH A SMALL BUDGET, WHAT WOULD BE THE SIMPLEST WAYS TO UPDATE IT?

Work with existing plumbing points, as this will save you a lot of money on plumbing costs.

Focus on statement pieces. Update your vanity and install a freestanding bath. These will instantly refresh the bathroom space.

Easy updates like new tapware, accessories and towels in a different hue can give your bathroom the refresh it needs.

t a timeless quality and makes the space feel clean and fresh.

Spend that little bit extra for the perfect basin or bath to make sure you get the bathroom experience to last a lifetime.

Choose wall-hung toilets, vanity units and shelving to make the most of your space and minimise low-lying clutter.

Bathroom furniture with hidden storage, side shelves or compartments within drawers can help clear bench space by reducing the clutter which small spaces can’t afford. Wall hung accessories are another great way to reduce bench clutter as are multifunctional products like basins with integrated towel rails.

Larger tiles will make your floor look bigger. Using the same tile on both the floor and walls will also make the bathroom look and feel more spacious.

I WANT TO DIY MOST OF MY BATHROOM RENOVATION. WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS I NEED A PLUMBER TO DO?

If any products are connected to water, always use a licensed plumber. If you’re not qualified, a simple job can easily turn into a DIY disaster. As bathroom products become increasingly more sophisticated, how they are installed can affect how well they will perform. Deciding to self-install any plumbing product will also void the warranty if anything goes wrong, so don’t risk it.

Kitchen

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENOVATE A KITCHEN?

The kitchen serves as the heart and hearth of your home. It’s where you prepare your meals and it’s where all of your parties gather. Is it any wonder that kitchen remodels are so popular and have the largest payoff in terms of boosting a home’s resale value? Of course, kitchen remodels are also the most complicated and can be the most expensive.

The average project cost varies depending on the size of your kitchen, the quality of materials, and whether you change the layout of the room. On average, homeowners report that a kitchen remodel costs $21,697. A smaller project between $10,000 and $15,000 may include painting walls, refacing cabinets, upgrading the sink, and installing a tile backsplash. A $30,000+ renovation may include installing custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, and high-end appliances. Most homeowners spend between $12,713 and $33,035.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RENOVATE A KITCHEN?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most kitchen renovations take 4 to 6 weeks. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

WHAT FEATURES SHOULD I PLAN TO INVEST THE MOST IN FOR MY NEW KITCHEN?

From a functional standpoint, cabinetry is probably the most expensive item in the kitchen, mainly because of its sheer volume. However, you can also spend a lot of money on your countertops and flooring, depending on the style and materials you like.

IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO INSTALL WOOD FLOORING IN THE KITCHEN?

Wood flooring is not usually recommended for kitchens. That said, it’s still a very popular choice. If it works visually, go ahead and use it – especially if you are opening the kitchen into an adjacent space with wood flooring. Generally, designers choose other materials over wood because of both the “wear and tear factor” and possible exposure to water damage. Because the kitchen is a high traffic area, the finish will wear off a wood floor more quickly than in other low traffic parts of your home and will need to be refinished periodically. Also, because there is plumbing in a kitchen, wood floors are at risk for water damage. A tile or laminate floor is more resistant to leaks and humidity.

Loungeroom

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENOVATE A LOUNGEROOM?

Whether it’s an allocated space for catching up with family, watching television or dining, the loungeroom is a high-traffic area that deserves to be updated every now and then. There are many things you can do to brighten up the appearance and functionality of your loungeroom, such as; replacing the floorboards, adding in new furniture such as a couch or dining table, or freshening up the wall paint. A renovation budget as this depends on multiple factors including the scope and complexity of the work, the quality of materials and finishes, and the cost of labour charged by independent companies. However, it can be estimated that the average cost of a total loungeroom renovation is $14,000.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RENOVATE A LOUNGEROOM?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most loungeroom renovations take 1 to 2 weeks. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

Laundry

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENOVATE A LAUNDRY?

Although a laundry renovation may not be the highest value-adding activity you can undertake, the laundry is a frequently used space that can add functionality to your home. A well-planned laundry renovation can simplify your household chores and provide extra storage for cleaning or household products.

According to Homesafe Group (2013), a standard laundry renovation costs approximately $4,300, while a luxury upgrade costs $16,300.

How long does it take to renovate a laundry?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most laundry renovations take 2 to 3 weeks. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

WILL I STILL HAVE WATER AND ELECTRICITY CONNECTED?

Yes, the water and electricity will only be switched off for a short amount of time during the renovation process, usually a half hour or a maximum of a two hours at most. You will be given plenty of notice when this will occur and we’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule to ensure you are not inconvenienced.

Bedroom

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENOVATE A BEDROOM?

From replacing the carpet to ordering in new bedside tables to accessorising with a stylish bookshelf or dream catcher, renovating your master bedroom is a project that can breathe life into a space where you spend hours on end. For a medium sized bedroom of 4.5 square metres, the  average bedroom remodel costs $20,000.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RENOVATE A BEDROOM?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most bedroom renovations take 1 to 2 weeks. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

Patio/Outdoor Area

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A PATIO?

The average concrete patio will cost around $700 using pavers and doing all of the work independently. When professional concrete contractors and excavators are used the costs will obviously climb substantially. Traditionally, a patio will cost roughly $2,000 to $4,000.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A PATIO?

Every job differs based on the scope of the job, that is, the requirements, the size and the complexity. However, most patio renovations take 1 to 2 days. Once we’ve provide you with a project schedule we’ll ensure we meet our committed start and finish dates.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO INVOLVE MY LOCAL COUNCIL IN MY BUILDING PLANS?

Your local council website should have guidelines for building or renovating your property. However, we can guide you through the process regarding all approvals; council, building, drafting or engineering.

Extensions

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOME RENOVATION AND EXTENSION?

A renovation is considered to be an improvement upon the existing structure of your home, whereas an extension is considered to be an addition to the existing structure of your home.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO INVOLVE MY LOCAL COUNCIL IN MY BUILDING PLANS?

Your local council website should have guidelines for building or renovating your property. However, we can guide you through the process regarding all approvals; council, building, drafting or engineering.

CAN THE DESIGNS OF YOUR GRANNY FLATS BE MODIFIED?

We can make alterations to these standard designs subject to architectural approval and the constraints of our patented building system.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD MY GRANNY FLAT?

Construction time is far shorter than conventional building methods. Our modular Designs take 8-10 weeks in factory and includes 1 week install onsite.

Entire Home

WHEN DO I HAVE TO INVOLVE MY LOCAL COUNCIL IN MY BUILDING PLANS?

Your local council website should have guidelines for building or renovating your property. However, we can guide you through the process regarding all approvals; council, building, drafting or engineering.

WILL THE HOUSE HAVE THE USUAL INSURANCE WITH THE QBCC?

Yes it does – as a licensed builder we offer the statutory full 6 year structural warranty and 12 month defect warranty.

CAN YOUR HOMES BE BUILT ON SLOPING SITES?

Standard designs are set on 600mm steel posts on level blocks (these can be raised to legal height as high set homes). Difficult sites are subject to site inspection and will require further engineering. Rolfe Homes is well equipped to tackle difficult excavation situations.

WHAT PROOF OF OWNERSHIP OF THE LAND DO YOU REQUIRE?

A rates notice or title deed.

WHAT PROOF OF FINANCE OR ABILITY TO PAY DO YOU REQUIRE?

A finance approval letter from your bank and / or current bank statements.