House renovation popular way to go

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Renovating has saved money for one Timaru family and helped them create their dream home.
Angie and Nevin Foster are just some of the increasing number of Timaru residents who have applied for building consents in the district in the past 12 months.
Figures released by Statistics New Zealand last week show 58 building consents were issued by the Timaru District Council in April 2016 — 13 were issued in the same month in 2015.
For the Fosters, the decision to renovate instead of buying a new home for their family was an easy decision.
‘‘We looked and compared for months the options of buying, building or renovating and nothing came close to getting what we wanted for the price apart from renovating,’’ Mrs Foster said.
‘‘Plus, Nevin is a qualified builder so it helps to have not only his expertise and experience, but an array of friends in different trades to call on.’’
The Fosters demolished the south part of their house, which was a single brick laundry and toilet, and built a 63sq m extension with a master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe plus another bedroom and full laundry.
‘‘We have added a dining room with doors out on to the deck to give better indooroutdoor flow and built a room for our two girls which gives them privacy from each other but allows them to stay together.
‘‘We have done this because it was the most economical way to increase the room in our house for the family and allow us to entertain guests easily and comfortably.’’
She said the family was loving the new additions.
‘‘Of course, it’s still a work in progress with heaps to finish, but overall the extra space it has given us is exactly what we were hoping for. It’s hard now to imagine how we all lived in the one part of the house.
‘‘We enjoy socialising and it was important to us to have an environment where we could all be comfortable.’’
Completing most of the building and decorating was also a rewarding process, she said.
‘‘It’s quite amazing to see your ideas come to life. We are very proud of what we have accomplished.’’
Statistics New Zealand figures show the number of building consents issued in April was the highest it has been since July last year when 38 consents were granted.