The best way to add some extra living space to your home and boost the comfort and value of your property is to invest in a home extension. However, projects like these come with their set of different issues that can cause a few headaches if not conducted properly. So, if you want to skip all the stress and go straight to a beautiful final result, make sure to consider these things.
Don’t build aimlessly
Many people are rushing into the building process without thinking it through and setting good aims for their project. Make sure your extension plan serves a good purpose and reflects your personal needs and preferences. Being clear on what you want to do with your extension will help you create a detailed brief and save time and money.
Consider your space
Are you aiming to create a new home office area or maybe want to build a family room that the whole gang will love and enjoy? Well, the purpose of your room will also dictate the size. Setting the right size will allow you to follow through with your extension plans and end up with a space that’s cost-effective and practical. If you can’t visualize how much space you need, use a rope to map out the area. After you’re satisfied with the addition, don’t forget to take a look at the remaining space. Tweak the size until you’re satisfied with it!
Get your permits
Every homeowner who’s planning a home extension is obliged by law to have all their building and renovation plans approved by the local authorities. No matter if what you’re planning to do is add a room, a floor, a pool or a fence, check with your planning department and get a building permit. Find an experienced architect to draw and submit your plans. If you’re planning only a small alteration to your home, a draftsperson might be a better and cheaper choice.
Consider new building technologies
Times sure change and some building ways that were popular during your house construction might already be outdated today. So, don’t hesitate to check out some new or alternative building technologies. For instance, prefabricated formwork systems not only cut down on your construction time, but also reduce costs and labor! You’ll not need to wait until the concrete sets before removing nails, timber ply and patch hobs.
Set the budget
One of the most important elements for most homeowners is the cost of their extension. In order to set the budget, you must count in the cost of permits, architects and designers, materials, contractors and demolition work and debris removal. For instance, each wall you remove or add will also require the presence of carpenters, plasterboard experts, electricians, plumbers, tilers and painters. If you don’t like noise, hotel rooms also cost a pretty penny. So, don’t forget to account for all of these costs before you create your budget and set around 10% to the side for unforeseen expenses.
Find a good contractor
Another very important factor that leads to a successful home extension is your choice of a contractor. Finding the right experts might not be easy, but it’s truly essential. Appoint a contractor who is registered, licensed and has plenty of experience on similar projects and good reviews from many people.
Be a good neighbor
Your home extension is not an insulated event and it can really affect your neighbors, especially big construction works. In case you’re sharing a wall with your neighbors, you might even risk damaging their property! So, make sure to be a good neighbor and inform them of your building plans. They too need time to prepare and alter their habits during your extension period.
So, don’t let some home extension issues surprise you and ruin your construction project just because you were not well informed. These tips will certainly help you end up with a beautiful and practical extension while minimally disrupting your life and peace.
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