26 March 2018
Why build a house extension?
In a current slow housing market, an increasing number of people are deciding to add extensions to their homes instead of moving. This brings a number of benefits. The most obvious may be that adding an extension adds value to your home & makes it more appealing to potential buyers. Of course, it also gives homeowners more room in their property, if they have, or are planning to have a family.
What factors should I consider when building an extension?
- What is your budget? How much money do you anticipate on spending on the extension? You will need to factor in architects fees & the cost of the planning application. Remember that costs can quickly escalate so once your budget has been confirmed, stick to it.
- What kind of room are you hoping to use your extension as? The type of room you wish to use the extension as can have an effect on the overall design. For example, do you require a larger living room? Or do you require an office or bedroom? Different rooms have different purposes.
- How long do you expect the process to take? In some circumstances, getting planning permission & building regulation approval can be a lengthy process. It is necessary to be patient. Also consider that family life can be disrupted. You may want to consider arranging your extension around a family holiday to minimise this disruption.
- Do you require planning permission in your area? In many instances, planning permission is not required for most house extensions. However, it is strongly recommended that you check local planning rules to ensure 100% compliance.
- Is an architect required? Planning & building a house extension can be a complex process & resultingly, can be complex for even the most skilled DIY persons. In most circumstances, a skilled architect will need to produce drawings.
- Could your neighbours be affected in the process? During your house extension, it is vital to communicate with your neighbours. Building an extension can be a messy process & adversely affect your neighbours whilst potentially damaging their properties. If you are un-sure about how to do this, please speak to your architect.
- Does your property fall in a conservation area? If your home falls within a conservation area, there could be strict rules about what changes can be made. It is vital to make sure that you make sure that your property does not fall into a conservation zone before commencing work as special measures will need to be put in place beforehand.
- On which part of your property are you going to build the extension? There are several ways an extension can be added to your home. If you have un-used loft space, this can be converted into liveable accommodation relatively quickly. Alternatively, a single or double storey extension is a relatively easy way to add more space to your home.
- Which builder are you going to choose? Before choosing a builder, make sure to gather recommendations if possible. It is also possible that your architect may be able to offer this information. If possible, check the quality of your builders work before committing to using them.
- How long is the project going to take? If you have an idea of how long you would like the extension completed in, convey this to your builder. This ensures that no delays occur. By developing a tight schedule with your builder, it is more likely that the project meets your deadline.
Thinking of building a house extension? Speak to us today & see how we can help
Adding an extension to your home is not only a great way to add value but it also adds more room to your property, giving you & your family more space. It also makes selling your home easier. Increasingly, more & more people are deciding to add extensions to their existing property instead of moving, due to the slow market.
If you are thinking of building an extension, Phoenix Design Man can assist with this. Contact us today to discuss your project further. ❮ Back to Blog