What to Consider When Building an Extension

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The dip in the housing market has somewhat forced people to stick with their current property for the time being, this has led
to a number of homeowners choosing to extend their current home in order to gain extra space without having to sell and
move. Although the cost of building an extension can be significant, it is an easy way to add some value to your home, and
will serve those looking to move away in a few years time just as well as those who are settling down for the long term. 


Renovations North Wales can help you to consider the important factors when it comes to undertaking work on an extension.
From the initial designs, to planning applications, supplies to labour costs, each stage of the process has the potential to
cause untold disruption and stress if it is not carefully considered beforehand. 


Design
It is crucially important that you keep in mind the ‘look and feel’ of your existing property when designing your new extension.
Try to match the most prominent features, such as the roof, with those of the existing building and use similar materials
where possible to ensure a sense of continuity - this will also help the new extension to blend in instead of looking like it’s
just been plonked there. 


During the planning application process, your neighbours will be able to air any possible misgivings they might have
regarding your proposed extension, so it is a wise choice to make sure that your proposed extension will blend in with the
other properties on the street. 


Hiring an architect for advice on extensions, issues concerning planning permission and any other local factors that might
influence the modifications that can be made to the property, as well as drawing up detailed specifications. 


Planning
For most people who are looking to extend a property, a successful application for planning permission will be necessary
before any work can even begin. Planning is used to control the way that neighbourhoods, cities and towns are developed -
looking at the way in which land is being used, the appearance of buildings and the impact that a potential development
might have on the environment. 


Building Regulations
In most cases, it will be crucial when extending a building to make sure that everything done complies with the Government’s
Building Regulations. Unless your planned extension is a porch, conservatory or detached garage building at ground level,
taking up less than 30m2 of floor space, it is likely that Building Regulations will be highly relevant. These apply to any
building work undertaken in England and Wales, they set minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to
ensure that they are compliant with health and safety rules. 


Labour & Supplies
When choosing your tradesmen, it is so important that you avoid cowboy builders who might be willing to charge you less,
but will cut corners, complete the job in a shoddy manner and end up costing you more money to fix their mistakes. 


Budget
The budget that people set aside for their extension is always where problems can begin to arise, people often underestimate
the time and money that is required to complete the project. Having a realistic budget for your extension is one of the most
important things to consider when planning your project in the first place. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Always be realistic in what you want to achieve
  • Don’t over-stretch yourself financially; only take on or start a project that you think you’ll be able to comfortably manage
  • Have some extra money set aside in an ‘emergency fund’ just in case things go wrong
  • DIY is always an option, but it could take a lot longer and the quality of the final project could be compromised
  • Set aside some money within the budget for decorating the new extension and any furniture you might need to buy.

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