Home extensions are in particular popular among home owners. However just like other home improvement projects, the question is: where do you start? Here are helpful tips to get you underway.
First, you need to decide on the part of the house that needs to be extended. Will the new addition be on the side? Perhaps to widen the living room? Or is it going to be the kitchen that will be transformed into a breakfast room with a view? Before making a choice, it’s important that you do some research on the best home extension projects. Check out your favorite home improvement blog or look through home improvement magazines for ideas. Your family members can also suggest an idea or two.
Stick to planning rules
Check with your local council to make sure you don’t have any restrictions in your area. This gives you an overview of any additional requirements you may need. Each extension project is different. However thanks to a number of changes in planning rules, you can now carry out an extension project with little or no intervention from the local government’s planning office.
Talk to your neighbors about your plans paying particular attention to the fact that the work team may have to use their property for access. You wouldn’t want the excitement of your ongoing project to be dampened by a feud with your neighbor, would you? Of course not.
Set up a budget and identify the design
Decide on the budget. It won’t do you any harm to talk to an estate agent who will tell you how much the resale value of your home is expected to increase. Do not be disheartened by quotes. Keep on researching and you’ll be surprised to learn that the costs aren’t as high as you might have expected.
Decide on the design. You can opt for an eye-catching contemporary design or stick to something more conventional. Let your creativity out. This is the ideal time to unleash the genius in you.
Go clean, go green
A home extension project could also be a great way to improve on your home’s energy efficiency. Think about the inclusion of solar panels or highly insulated building systems like the Structural Insulated panel (SIP) system or underfloor heating. Isn’t this a great way to reduce your heating and electricity bills? There is need for you as a homeowner to be energy conscious which at the end of the day reduces the carbon footprint.
As you can see, home extensions shouldn’t make you scratch your head. These tips should guide you through the project. Nothing beats preparation.