On the fence about adding an extension to your home, looking for some answers and information?

Here are four important areas to consider before the decision is made…

Reasons for Extending

Family Expanding
The first reason anyone would have to extend their home is a requirement to do so; another family member joining the household for example. This could be a child on the way that needs their own room, an elderly relative that needs better care and can’t live on their own any more or even an unforeseen family or friend who needs a long-term place to stay. The bottom line is; if you’re not willing to bunk up similar to the grandparents in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory then an extension will need to be built.

Increase value to the house
If you’re not planning to stay in your current home for the rest of your life then you’ll need to concern yourself with the value of the property. Most forms of extension or a loft conversion will add value to the property. Providing the extension is made to a high standard; when it comes to time to sell, people looking for a new home will be drawn to a property with a new and modern extension.

Improving quality of home
The other side of the coin to the previous point; if the house you own is where you’re planning to spend the foreseeable future then you need to ensure that the property will be able to stand the test of time. An extension for an extra bedroom or a loft conversion will improve the quality of the property and creates future proofing for the needs of the family further down the road.

Optimise the property
If there is an area of the property that isn’t being used or is looking run-down then it may be time to use that space for an extension or to recreate the room entirely. It could be a particular part of the garden that is never used or space above the garage that could be used for a study or extra bedroom. If you’re finding you need extra space for whatever reason; take some time to see what space there already is and think about how to make the most from it.

Time and Budget

The very first question you need to ask yourself is; can I afford to see this through? There are few things worse for a homeowner than returning home from a long day at work to a construction site with no end in sight. There are always horror stories of tarping being up, sawdust covering the entire house and even a hole in the side of the building. To avoid this nightmare; take steps to guarantee that either the work can be finished in steps that doesn’t disrupt the lives of your family or can been completed without money being an issue (within reason).

Work closely with your builder to get a mutual understanding of how long the project will take and what processes will be in place throughout the project. In all relationships communication is key, construction and work on your home is no exception. Be confident with the time scale and be prepared for unforeseen events occurring; if there is good communication with everyone involved the problems can be tackled efficiently and the project can keep on track.

Talk to the Neighbours

You need to ask yourself the question; will your extension plans affect the neighbours? If you’re sharing a party wall, planning to obstruct their view or any impact on their gardens or boundaries then a conversation will need to be had.

It’s important to remain calm and rational when discussing the matter with neighbours because they’ll likely have some objections and the situation can become heated. It’s best to let them voice their concerns and talk through them. If they’re still going to object and are unwilling to change their minds; it will have to go to a local planning authority and dealt with officially.

Be Future Proof

Regardless of the extension your property is having; sustainability and future proofing is a vital component. Your vision may not be practical in a few years’ time and in practice features might not work the way you hoped.

There are several additional factors to consider; wall insulation, loft insulation, energy efficient windows, solar panels and more. They may not be the first thing you think of when extending or converting a room but they’re certainly options to consider to create a better home for the future or save some money in the long term. Architects and construction experts will be able to advise you on some of the best practices for future proofing your home.

Of course if all of these aren’t issues have a chat with us on 01273 539124 or email us on [email protected].

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