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Building an Extension? Where to Start...

building an extension where to start


Building An Extension Where To Start?

You may think that the idea of building an extension is easy enough to do. After all, you are simply adding to your already existing property, what can be easier than that? The truth is building an extension, albeit being a useful addition to your home, might not be a straightforward as you may think.

The best way to ensure that your extension is perfectly built is to speak to an expert and let them do whatever they can to plan, prepare, design and then build your extension. However, just because you trust the process to a professional, that doesn’t mean that you can’t gain some understanding of what is going on.

To help you to understand more about building an extension, we have put together our guide on where to start when building an extension.

Will It Add Value To My Home?

Whilst your main reason for adding an extension to your property is going to be to make more space for you and for your family.

Another added bonus is that when you have an extension built on your property, it is going to raise its value. If you are interested in how much that could be, or you find that you may want to consider the options open to you for a variety of extension choices, then it is always worthwhile talking to an estate agent who can tell you how much money can be added to your home.

Do I need Planning Permission For My Extension?

One common question when it comes to building an extension on your property is whether or not you need to have planning permission to build it. Some extension projects fall under the permitted development regulations which means that you do not have to apply for planning permission before you build; however you should never assume this is the case for you. It is a much better idea to err on the side of caution and to speak to an expert who can let you know what you may want to apply for should you want to extend your property. Especially since there are so many variations to consider.

Let The Key People Know

When you are planning an extension you are going to want to make sure that you let those who can impact know. Of course, the main people that will be inconvenienced is you and your family, however, you also need to think about your neighbours too as they will hear the noise and may have to change some of their plans. You also need to let your home and contents insurance provider know that you are having work done so that they can work out if this changes your current policy and premiums that you pay out.

Find Yourself An Experienced Architectural Designer

There are a number of professionals who can help you during your extension planning and building. One of the first ones that you should contact is an architectural designer.

They are going to be able to help you to draw up your plans and designs, making sure that your extension is not only perfectly designed to your needs, but also that you fit in with the regulations that are set out in your local area.

Tell Them What You Want

Once you have found an architectural designer, then you can start to brief them on what it is that you want.

Of course, there is a chance that you might not know what you want yet, or have an idea but not know if it is possible.

They are going to be able to make sure that you understand what is possible with the space that you are planning, as well as what it actually is that you want in the first place.

Find A Contractor

The next stage in the process is to find yourself a reliable and trustworthy contractor.

Someone who is going to be able to take a look at the plans and designs that have been created by your architectural designer and bring them to life for you.

Whilst cost is an important part of deciding who builds your extension, you should also think about the quality that they are going to provide you with as well as how long your extension is going to last.

Get Ready

The last step in the process is to get ready for your new extension to be built.

Things are going to be tough for a little while, but we can promise you that in the long run it will all be worth it.

Not only will you have more value added to your home, but you can also make sure that you have as much space as possible for you, for your work, your hobbles and of course for your family too.

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