Things You Should Consider Before Extending Your Home

A great way to adapt to any lifestyle changes is through home extension. Whether your family got bigger or you decided that you need an extra living space, one manageable option that you can choose instead of moving to a bigger house is extending your home. This way, you don’t have to stress yourself with selling and moving as you get to stay in the place you’re accustomed to. But before starting the build, here are some things that you have to take note to ensure that your project runs smoothly.

The budget

Before planning your designs, the first thing that you have to consider is your budget. Ask yourself how much money you are willing to pay for your house extension. Set a realistic budget for yourself and see to it that you only go with a project that you can afford. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy your home extension without having to struggle financially in the end. Make sure that you also take into account any costs that you might incur if problems arise during the build.

Get quotations

After determining your budget, ask for quotes to ensure that the money you allocate for the build will align with the cost. To get an idea of the overall cost, consider the people you’ll be hiring during the build. These may be builders, electricians and even architects, especially if the main structure of the house will be affected. You will have to consider other expenses as well, like the building materials and interior design.

Purpose of your extension

Have a plan on how you will utilise your extension. Would it be a bedroom, a living room or a home office? Once you know the purpose of your extension, it will be easier for you to make a design that will suit its purpose.

The duration of your home extension project

Construction can be disruptive to your daily life especially if you have young children. As such, it would be best if you know how long your home extension will take to build. Also, since you’ll be paying for people’s time, you wouldn’t want delays. Talk with your builders and come up with a sensible completion date. This way, your builders will do their best to meet the set deadline.

Do you have to move out during the build?

You can probably stay in your home if you’re only having a small extension project. However, if you’ll be having a larger extension, you might need to move out of your house during the build. When there is construction going on in your home, it can be difficult to move and perform your everyday routine. Therefore, it would be helpful if you find a place to stay in the meantime.

Seeking approval for your extension

Some extension projects require approval from the Local Planning Authority so before you start working, make sure that you have the necessary planning permission to proceed. Also, consider if your neighbour will be affected by your construction. Talk to them about your plans and ask them if they have any objections, to avoid having any unnecessary hold-ups.

Hiring people

To make your dream extension a reality, determine who are the people you’re going to hire for the extension build. Get in touch with different home builders to check their prices and reviews, to make sure you choose a company that will meet your requirements and your budget.

Lawrence Services is a family run company based in Bristol that specialises in construction and maintenance. We have the knowledge, experience and skill required to build your additional space. Our team ensures to deliver your project on schedule and to your specification. Contact us on 0117 329 0094 or at info@lawrenceservices.co.uk or book a site survey today.

By |2018-12-05T03:14:42+00:00December 5th, 2018|News & Tips|