5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Extension

September 12, 2022

Want Some Extra Space?

Typically, if you’re looking for some extra space to add to your home, a home extension is the correct route to consider. Many homeowners are quick to jump onto the bandwagon of opportunity to have an extension. However, before you get carried away with your dream extension, there are a few important things yon need to understand before ploughing forward with a new project.

Here is just 5…


1. Harmonising The Extension With The Existing Home

When planning a home extension, it is crucial to take into consideration the design aspect of the build. Most importantly, how the design will exist alongside the original house.

It is important to design an extension that either matches and blends with the original building to create a seamless finish. However, depending on your house, there could be the challenge of finding the materials that match exactly.

Or, you could design an extension that purposely contrasts against the existing building to achieve a different style that compliments the original style of the house.



2. Quality, Cost & Time

One of the first things you should consider as a home owner is the; Why? What? How?

Why – Do you want to add value to your home? If so, your project should focus on producing a high quality finish but also not spending excess amounts that cannot be made back once the property goes up for sale.

Or …

Do you need some extra space to create your ideal home? If this is the case, the project should focus on maximising the value of the space for your home.

What – budget do you have for the project? Often when unfamiliar with the Build & Design industry, many people are unaware of the purpose of setting a realistic but also proper budget when approaching an extension project.

However, many homeowners desire more than what they can afford, therefore it is crucial that you discuss your budget with your architect. The key is to be honest and up front about what you are able to spend.

How – long is it going to take? Additionally, many people think extensions are quick and easy processes than can be done in a matter of weeks. However, an extension can take up to 6 months till you even see construction beginning on site.



3. Site Access

If you live in a house which has no or restricted access, like a terrace house, lack of access can affect the options you have for your extension.

You may have to arrange the removal of fence panels with your neighbours, or, in extreme circumstances, hire in machinery to lift materials over the house to gain access.



4. Planning & Neighbours

If you don’t already talk to your neighbours, now is a good time to start.

If planning is required for your extension, sometimes neighbours will object due to the disruption of construction and any need of site access.

Pre-warning them of construction that will be taking place well in advance can prevent them from raising a material planning objection with your local authority.

It would be ideal to discuss what is going to happen over the next few months over a cup of tea or coffee just to get them on board.



5. Home Services

When we refer to Home Services, we mean your electricity, water, drainage and gas in your property.

When designing your extension, you need to consider whether it will affect the services to your home. For instance, whether you need to move the water, electric or gas metres.

Also, it is important to think about the drainage of your property. Often forgotten, there needs to be a drainage in the area of planned works.

In any case, if you are unsure just task your architect.


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