strata

How to take the stress out of a strata project

 

When I lived in an apartment building, I like to think that I was pretty much the ideal owner (why not give myself some snaps!) – I paid my strata fees on time, parked where I was supposed to, didn’t play loud music and generally kept to myself. When the time came to revamp our lobby, I looked at the plans, thanked the people involved for putting in the effort, pointed to the one I liked and pretty much left them to it. Getting highly involved in strata building work is not how I roll.

council approval

Do I need approval for that?

 

Some days, it can feel like you need official approval for everything – parking, pets, parties and of course, building works. For a larger project that’s a bit out of the box, obtaining council approval can take up a considerable amount of time and money. However, the good news is that there are now a number of projects for which you do not need approval – these are called exempt developments. Yippee!

 

You can get the full lowdown here, but here are some highlights for those of you living in NSW.

 

Christmas renovation

Why you won't be in by Christmas

No matter what time of year you start your project, a major goal is pretty much always “we want to be in by Christmas”, or words to that effect. We hear you! Everyone wants to be in their own home for Christmas Day – especially if it’s a home that’s got a shiny kitchen and a new ensuite or some new doors and windows and a nice deck.

 

As I’ve said before (and no doubt you’ll hear it again), building is all about scheduling and logistics – getting the right people and products to the right place at the right time while coordinating with a number of other people who are trying to do the same thing at other people’s houses at the same time.