Looking to create extra space in your existing home? Whether you want to upgrade your home to increase its value or accommodate the needs of a growing family, undertaking a home extension project is a great way to achieve your goal.
Before embarking on the expansion of your home, there are several things that you will need to consider in order to ensure your entire project goes smoothly. Below are some of the key areas to focus on when planning your home extension.
The Use of Your Extension
Why are you extending your home? Have you outgrown your kitchen? Do you need to build an extra bedroom for guests or visiting relatives? Building an extension of your home successfully will depend on how well you communicate your wishes to the builders. It is vitally important to extend with a clear vision and specific purpose in mind.
Figure out the use of your extension so you can have a clear vision of the type and amount of space you need to create. At this juncture, you may require the help of a house design expert to determine a suitable way to reconfigure your home.
The Need for Planning Permission
There is a glut of rules and regulations that focus on the construction sector. Before you attempt a home extension, it is important to familiarise yourself with these rules and regulations. Often issued by your local council, a planning permit is required to ensure your extension will be carried out in accordance with the relevant regulatory standards and requirements.
Prior to applying for the permit, it is a clever move to talk to your neighbours who will be affected by the extension project. Explain your project and assure them that you intend to ensure all works are carried out with minimal disruption to their daily lives.
Your entire project could be jeopardised if there are objections to your proposal, so it's important to seek your neighbours' approval.
The Costing of the Extension
A home extension costs money just as a new home build or a renovation does. A critical part of the planning process is working out how much money you will need to complete the extension and then making the funds available.
Working with a specialist can help you estimate the cost of your project from start to completion.
The Safety of Your Family
Living at an on-going construction site can be a health and safety hazard to you and your family. If your extension is going to involve major construction work, you should plan out where you will be staying during the period of the extension. If you have a second home, you can stay there until the project has been finished.
Need help with your home extension project? Contact a home extension builder to get your quote.
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