Tips for extending your home – Getting an extension

When extending your home, there are many different considerations to make. Here are our tips for extending your home.

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Why should you extend your home?

For one, the added floorspace can make your home feel much more spacious and luxurious. By creating an extra room, you can get creative – whether you are planning a conservatory, sunroom, a kitchen with lots of light coming from the surrounding windows, building a workspace, a children’s bedroom or simply extending the living room, the results can be worthwhile.

Will small extensions add value?

Smaller extensions can add value by simply opening up the existing space, widening the living area or adding a tiny home office.

How will it affect the house price?

If correctly done, an extension can increase the price of your house. An extension that has the purpose of adding resale value should be carefully planned. Some renovations may increase the resale value more than others. If done without consideration, it won’t increase the house price and you may lose money.

Choose which room to extend

The practicality of the room heavily depends on which room you choose to extend. Rather than only focusing on the way the extension will make your home look, choose to extend the space in a way that makes sense and is practical in order to increase the value of the house.

Getting planning permission

There are many rules to follow when it comes to building an extension. You will need the council and landowner permission before you can start building and will need to follow the government’s building regulations.

Choosing builders

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Make sure to choose reliable and trusted builders who will build your extension to a high quality. Cutting costs by hiring cheaper builders could lead to costs in the future and could even be unsafe.

Choosing materials

You should choose materials that blend with the aesthetic of your home and that will provide protection to your extension – choosing high quality roofing sheets will protect your extension from water damage in the future and some materials such as wood could be more of a fire hazard than others. Don’t cheap out on materials.

Furnishing the interior

How will you furnish your new interior? Which furniture do you want to place in the room and how large is it? Make sure that everything will fit well once the structure has been completed. Planning a design scheme with an interior design app can give you a much more accurate idea of how the room will end up looking.

Informing neighbours

Construction work on extensions can last a long time and neighbours may feel disturbed by the noise levels. To stay on good terms, discuss the project with them first and if necessary, consider moving out. In certain cases, it can be easier to move to a larger home rather than cause a disturbance. Also, share details such as the size and placement of the extension with your neighbours. A new building may block their light or take away some of their privacy, so being transparent before you start is often a good idea.

Once you have considered all the details and gained the approval of the council and landowner, you can begin building your new extension!

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