10th January 2018
Considering an extension to your home is a big thing, and making the right decision can add value to your home as well as living space. Here are several tips to help you make the right choices when it comes to extending your home
Planning Permission/Other Restrictions - You may require formal permission from your local council or government before you can proceed with an extension. This depends on the location of your home and type of extension you are planning. If you fail to do so, it may result in legal action and even in you having to remove your extension. Ensure you obtain to relevant permission before any work begins
Extension Requirements - What do you want from your extension? What will it be used for? And will it be single storey or double storey? Planning permission is easier to obtain for a single storey extension, but a double storey extension will add not only more space but more value to your home.
Funding - The best advice when it comes to budgeting for your extension is to shop around for quotes. It is important to set yourself a budget, and perhaps keep a contingency fund for any unforeseen expenses that may crop up.
Power and Water Supplies - It is vital you consider this. How will the extension be powered? And will it need connecting to the water supply. Obviously, this would depend on what the extension would be used for, as not all rooms need a water supply, but there will be extensive plumbing involved if you are planning on making your extension a kitchen or bathroom.
Extension Design - Design is something that requires a great deal of consideration. Will the style be in keeping with the rest of the house, externally or internally? Do you go for a traditional design, or a contemporary one? Ensure you consider how the extension will integrate with the rest of your home
There are so many things to consider when expanding your home, but one thing you should always do is seek professional advice to ensure your extension is not only legal, but safe and built to last.