Extending Your Home – 9 Points to Consider
20th February 2018
Are you thinking of extending your home? Are you planning an extension for your home? What should I consider when planning an extension on my property? Will an extension add value to my home?
The current property market is not as buoyant as it was a decade or so ago, with fewer people taking the step to move house and more people deciding to stay put. Consequently, there has been an increase in the number of people improving or extending their current home – a great way to not only increase living space, but also to add value (if done properly).
Here is our list of things to consider before you go ahead with any work…..
Decide on a budget
This may sound obvious, but it’s far better to have an idea of your budget before you take any further steps, such as seeing an architect. Take a look at your finances and work out what you can afford as a total expenditure – then try and stick to it.
Is your property in a conservation area?
Check with your local council, as you may not even realise. Conservation areas may have strict controls governing any alterations to your property.
What is the purpose of the extension?
Decide what type of additional accommodation you require, for example, an extra bedroom, an office, extra living space??? This will determine where the extension will go.
How long will it take?
House extensions can be long-winded and disruptive to your day-to-day life, so check how long the process will take from start to finish and choose a time that suits your family/work commitments. Some people decide to move out while an extension is being built!
Is planning permission required?
Not all extensions need planning permission, for example, some loft conversions, conservatories or small single-storey alterations may be able to be done without. Always check with your local planning department to make sure you end up with a legal extension, or it could cause problems further down the line when you come to sell. Your architect will also give you advice here.
Visit https://www.planningportal.co.uk/ for advice on planning permissions.
Seek advice from an architect
We would recommend that you always seek advice from a local architect, as even small extensions or loft conversions may be improved with the advice of a qualified architect. Any major alterations will require plans from a qualified architect, and probably also structural engineers. It’s always best to be safe and get advice from the experts.
Will your neighbours be affected?
It’s always worth maintaining a good relationship with your neighbours, particularly if the extension is going to affect their lives in some way. Your extension may encroach on their space or light, or it may impact on their quality of life during the build (noise, dirt, etc). If you keep them up to date with everything that is going on, they will feel much more relaxed about the changes happening around them, and will be less likely to cause you any problems.
Where should the extension go?
You may be lucky enough to have large gardens surrounding your home….in which case you will need to decide where the extension will go, and which side of the current building is best. Perhaps you want to extend upwards? Or even downwards into a cellar space? Chat to your architect to see which is best for you and your family.
Find a trustable and recommended builder
Often, the best way to choose a good builder is through word of mouth. Ask around in your local area and see which building company is recommended. You could even have a chat to a previous client. Do your homework and don’t just go for the cheapest quote.
If you follow our guidelines and spend time planning, you should end up with a quality extension that improves your life.
Can we help with any questions about extensions? Would you like us to give you an idea of the new value of your home after an extension? Have you had an extension done recently? Do you have any tips you can share with us?
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