Home Building and Renovating Course: How to Avoid the Pitfalls

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Make your home your own with our house and garden courses in Sydney.

If you’re looking for something that will save you money, heartache legal fees, then this is the course for you.

The average Sydney home renovation costs significantly more than the average annual income, so why take chances? What’s more, during the course, you will be provided with an architectural appraisal of your plans if you have progressed to that stage. This course will help you to avoid the many pitfalls associated with home renovation and help ensure that your project is both on time and on budget.

Learn how to choose a design solution which best meets your needs, how to obtain specialist advice and steer your project through the local council planning approval process, how to select a builder, get a competitive price for your building work and ensure that building work is properly constructed and completed to a quality standard you can be proud of.


By the end of the Home Building and Renovating Class, students will have:

  • Gained an understanding of home building and renovating as an integrated process through which needs are questioned and refined by a thorough consideration of all constraints and opportunities.

Course content

  • Clarifying your needs and intentions
  • Establishing your project budget and preparing a strategy
  • Preparing your project program
  • Knowing your site, its context and working with existing buildings
  • Negotiating the approval process
  • Identifying the problems and developing a plan
  • Communicating your intentions
  • Understanding building contracts and finding the right builder

The content will be exchanged through a combination of:

  • Brief whole group discussions facilitated by the presenter
  • Small group discussions feeding back to the whole group
  • Sharp focus on individual students' project status and requirements
  • Worksheet handouts for use by participants during each session

Specifically, the course is intended to assist participants in preparing for their building project, by addressing the following questions:

  • How can I maximise my property’s potential?
  • How can I be confident about the design for my project?
  • How much could my building project really cost?
  • How long will it take to complete my project?
  • How can I make sure that the Council will approve my project?
  • How will I know when to seek professional help?
  • How can I find the right builder for my project?
  • Is a building project really the answer to my problem?

Please bring to class

  • A notepad and pen.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: Very worthwhile course to do if thinking about home renovations and council applications

  • said: I wasn’t sure what to expect but the course has provided me with the knowledge I need to take on my building project. Matt is a great Instructor. He really got me to think outside the box in looking at getting the best outcome. Very enjoyable all round.

  • said: 4.5 Stars

  • said: Excellent content.

  • said: Matt Dickson is an excellent and very knowledgeable tutor. I am pleased and grateful to have attended this course where Matt selflessly shared his vast experience and expertise in this important area. The course notes were also excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to others and would be keen to join any other classes that Matt Dickson tutors. I would rate this course and tutor 10/10