Deciding to extend your property is a big decision, so it is crucial to get it right. Completing it correctly and to a good standard can add significant value to your house.
As we understand what a large and invasive project a home extension can be, we have compiled the most important considerations to take into account before undertaking any extension work.
Consider Your Initial Requirements
First things first, it is important to outline the purpose for extending your property and your initial requirements. With this comes the decision whether to opt for a single or double storey extension. As you may already know, obtaining planning permission is much easier for single storeys, however a double storey will allow you much more space and flexibility.
The next factor to take into account is how you plan on utilising the additional space. Identifying what type of rooms you wish to add will help your decisions further down the line. For example, a guest room will require less room than a master bedroom.
Once you have acknowledged your initial requirements, you can then begin to specify the location of the extension. This is a vital consideration – will you be extending on the front, rear or side of the property? Will this impact any other properties or neighbours?
Consider Planning Permission
The next step after you have decided your basic requirements is to obtain permission from your Local Authority Building Control. The type of property, location and type of extension may require different levels of permission before work can begin.
The inability to comply with the set regulations may result in legal action being taken and in the worst case scenario a destruction order may be issued. Therefore, it is very important to obtain the appropriate permission and advice before any building work commences.
Consider Your Finances
Home extensions are renowned for being costly, therefore outlining a budget is an important process. It is always advised to allow yourself a contingency fund which will cover any emergency or excess spending.
When enquiring about quotes, it is recommended that you obtain quotes from numerous providers so that you can select the best deal for you.
Consider The Design Of Your Extension
Considering the design of your extension can be the fun part, however the design must correspond with the building regulations. Will the extension follow the existing style of the property? Will the interiors match the current décor of your property or will you opt for a new look?
Integration between your property and the new extension also needs to be considered in the design process. For example, will entry points need to be moved etc?
Consider The Power & Water Supplies
Before you allow any construction work to take place, it is important to consider how you are going to heat and power the additional space. Considering where you need to connect any power or water supplies is an important decision. Some rooms may not require any water connection, but all rooms will need a power supply.
Rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens require extensive plumbing and electrical work. Similarly, any rooms without windows could benefit from an extractor fan for additional ventilation.
Consider Your Additional Features
Once the basic requirements have been decided and finalised, you are able to consider the type and style of the components to be used. It is important that you buy quality materials that will last for years. For example additional features that need to be considered include the roof, windows, floors and doors.
There are many considerations when deciding to undertake a home extension. However, these considerations listed above are merely the basics. We would strongly recommend that you seek professional advice throughout the project to ensure a legal, safe and high quality job is carried out.