Top Considerations For Your Home Extension
Extending your property is a big commitment, and getting it right is important. Do it the correct way and you can add considerable value and living space to your home.
With so much to consider before taking the step, we’ve outlined several top tips to simplify the process for you.
Consider Your Extension Requirements
Firstly, you need to think about what you need and want from the extension – single storey or double storey? Planning permission can be easier to obtain for single storey extensions, however double storey will obviously generate more space, further increase property value and provide greater flexibility for its use.
Secondly, identify which type of room that you wish to add as well as what is will be used for. This will obviously influence your decisions. For example a small bedroom will require less room than a large bedroom complete with en suite.
Once you have recognised your requirements in this area, you must consider the actual location of the home extension. Will it occur to the front, rear or side of your property? How will this impact on your existing building and that of your neighbours? Will they become overlooked or lose valuable sun light?
Consider Planning Permission & Other Restrictions
Depending on your home, location and type of extension, you may require formal permission from your local council or government before any extension work can commence.
Failing to comply with specific regulations and completing the extension project without prior consent can lead to legal action and even the destruction of the extension once built.
It is therefore of paramount importance that you obtain the relevant permissions prior to starting any work. This will ensure that all extension work is legally sound and will eliminate the risk of action in future.
Consider Your Funding
Home extensions can be expensive, so it’s important to set yourself a budget to work to. In conjunction, it will be wise to set aside a contingency fund in case of complications further down the line.
When considering your options, it’s vital to shop around for quotes from multiple providers to secure the best deal.
Consider The Extension Design
In line with your extension requirements you must consider the element of design. Do you want the extension to be in-keeping with the current external property style?
Internally, do you want the interiors decorated similarly to the rest of your home or in an entirely different way?
Contemporary, modern, traditional etc. – the choice is yours.
Also think about how the extension will integrate with the rest of your property and the potential entry points you will need in place.
Consider The Power & Water Supplies
When constructing your extension, appropriate connection with your power and water supplies needs to be a key consideration. How will the extension be heated and powered? Will it need to be connected to the water supply?
Some rooms will not require a water supply; however a bathroom, toilet or kitchen extension will require extensive plumbing. In conjunction, any kitchen, bathroom, utility room or WC without a window will need an extractor fan in place for ventilation.
Consider Your Additional Features
When it comes to constructing a home extension, you will clearly need to ensure that it will stand the test of time. For this reason, you need to consider the style and quality of all components used. For example:
- The roof: Whether it’s a flat roof or a tiled roof, the roofing material used will need to be strong, waterproof and durable. For flat roofs in particular, one such quality roofing material is that of EPDM rubber.
- Windows: Identify your window needs – do you want uPVC windows? Aluminium or wooden sash? Do you have a desire for additional window features such as roof or sky lights, stained glass windows or other styles – this would naturally depend on whether you’ve going for a traditional or contemporary look, either bricks and mortar or an all glass extension?
- Flooring: What are your flooring requirements? Tiled, carpeted, laminate, wooden – each type of flooring has its own merits.
- Doors: Consider the location and types of door required for both internal and external access. If external doors are needed, do you prefer traditional doors or alternatively, sliding or folding doors?
When it comes to extending your home, there are a great number of considerations to take in. What we’ve explore here is simply the very tip of iceberg. One thing is certain; you should seek professional advice throughout the process to ensure that the home extension of your dreams is legal, safe and designed to last.