Extending your Home
Renovating and extending your home is a great way to increase the quality, the space, and the value of your residence. Whether you have a growing family, wish to add an extra bedroom or bathroom, or simply want to transform the floorplan and add value to your property, home extensions can prove more cost effective – and more rewarding – than simply moving home.
We look at ten key points to consider before you embark on planning an extension for your property.
The primary concern for consideration will undoubtedly relate to budget. How much do you have to spend? Where will the money come from (savings, loans, credit cards, etc.)? Do you have any additional funds should they be required? Home renovations don’t come cheap, so making sure you have the money available to pursue a project is vital.
What is it you wish to achieve by building an extension? Identifying your exact requirements will influence the home extension options available to you, so make sure you are clear in what your goals are and work towards achieving those goals.
Flexibility is essential when renovating your home, with the presence of builders, materials, and equipment causing disruption to regular home life. It also takes time to complete a project, so making sure you’re comfortable with the length of time necessary for any extension to be undertaken is key.
Depending on your requirements, it may be necessary to instruct professional architects to help you plan and develop your home extension. Complex projects should always be undertaken with input from experts, with the need to design safe and compliant structures essential.
Before embarking on any renovation work, it pays to consult with the planning office at your local authority to determine whether planning permission will be required. Alternatively, by working with an architect, you can let them communicate with the necessary people at the requisite time.
Read more about Planning Permission:
When do you need Planning Permission
The Difference Between Planning Permission and Building Regulations
While many extensions will go ahead with the minimum of fuss, there is always the risk that the required work will impact your local neighbourhood in a negative manner. Early consultation with your neighbours demonstrating your proposals will be key to avoiding hold ups and objections once work is already underway.
If your property is located within a designated conservation area, or even if it is a listed building, you may well find that any work you can undertake will be heavily restricted. Check with your local authority – or request your architect does so – to ensure you’re permitted to redevelop your property.
How to extend
Depending on the layout of your home, deciding how to create more room should be taken into consideration. You may wish to build an extension to the front or rear of your property; alternatively, there may be space to build a side extension; or finally, you may choose to redevelop your loft space. Identify which option is most practical for your needs, as you may well discover that one option proves far easier and more affordable.
A quality extension means using the best designers, the highest-quality materials, and building professionals that work efficiently and affordably. It’s important, therefore, that you research potential contractors before you employ them. Seek out builders that come highly recommended, and ask to see portfolio of previous work.
Plan, plan, plan
Creating a project plan and a timetable for your extension will enable you to identify key milestones for the work. In addition, if you have a defined timetable in place, it puts you in a position of power with those you work with, giving them deadlines to meet. While you should always allow time for certain elements of a project to run over, and make allowances for unexpected events (such as poor weather), you will better achieve completion with a structured plan in place.
Advice on Extensions
For more details on home extensions – including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and loft conversions – get in touch with the team at Bluelime Home Designs today on 01322 521026, with offices in Bexley, Bromley, Erith, Dartford and Croydon,