Lots of people embarking on a home extension project are well aware of the need to gain planning permission and to comply with Building Regulations. However, it’s not so common to find people familiar with the Party Wall Act.
You’ve decided to extend your home. Now you need to prepare yourself so you’re ready to give a decent brief so they can give you an accurate quote. So what exactly do you need to think about? Here’s a starter for 6.
It’s a really common question: do I need planning permission for my home extension? If the thought of applying for planning permission fills you with concern you are not alone. You only have to watch TV programmes like Homes Under the Hammer to learn that planning permission can cause major delays in projects, not to mention adding great costs.
When we speak to homeowners about extending their properties the main question they ask – and rightly so – is how much is all this going to cost? Of course we can provide a quote for labour, materials and fixtures and fittings. But there are other costs you need to consider too so make sure you factor these into your budget.
If you’re thinking about extending your home then unless you’ve got plenty of savings, you’ll need to consider a few financing options. When it comes down to it there are three main ways of funding a home extension, or any other major home improvement for that matter.
The question of whether you’re going to add value to your home by extending is a good one. Of course it all comes down to how much it’s going to cost. So once you’ve got your quote and plan of works then you can start to work out whether it’s going to net you some extra value on your property.
For those considering home extensions, you may be interested to hear that you’ll gain more than just a bit of square footage of living space. There are many reasons why you may wish to extend your home, but if you’re still trying to decide if it’s for you, here are our top five reasons to take the plunge and extend.
One of the biggest worries for anyone extending their home is the idea that their outside space might be gobbled up by an extension. For a growing family, outside space is just as important as the interior living space, so it’s a shame to lose any of it. Of course, home extensions can be done in a sympathetic fashion, but wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to lose any garden? That’s where loft conversions come into their own!
The idea of improving rather than moving has been around for a while. Most homeowners will, at some point and if space allows, think about adding an extension to their home. But have you thought about just how much potential home extensions can unlock?
One of the most sought-after results of homeowners looking to extend is the dream of open plan living. Every building expert will sing the praises of open plan living, and if you’re looking to extend your home, going open plan could have big benefits for you and your family.