Sometimes, we may need more of something in order to satisfy new needs. This may be the thought process of a homeowner when thinking of why a house extension needs to be constructed. There are many reasons you may need more space or rooms in your home. Some of them include the addition of new family members, to facilitate some work-related activities, to have extra room for comfort, etc.
Regardless of what your intentions are, you still need to be knowledgeable about what you are doing. House extension projects shouldn’t be embarked upon without proper deliberation. This could be with a general contractor and/or stakeholders (e.g. family members). You need to make an informed decision to begin construction work, or else it may lead to avoidable setbacks and regrets.
This guide will provide information on what homeowners should know in the planning phase of the construction process. You would be surprised to find tips that might have been easily overlooked. Check them out below.
Value vs. Cost
Be sure that the cost of the project is less than the value added. If the calculation is not in your favor, then you should make adjustments to the building plan.
Learn about the minimum requirements for obtaining building safety approval in areas such as structural integrity, energy efficiency, ventilation, damp proofing, fire safety, and so on.
How to Select a Professional Designer
Do you know that there are various options to choose from when it comes to hiring someone to design the building extension? You can make use of the services of an architect, specialist designer, architectural technician, or the in-house design teams of construction companies.
Extension Size and Compatibility
Your hired design expert will advise you on the best measurements for the extension. Of course, it is a no-brainer that the additional structure must be built to match the older building in terms of interior and exterior characteristics. Matching materials should be purchased in order to make this possible.
There are challenges that come with deciding on where to site an extra building. You would have to ask yourself the following questions.
- What is the law guiding the siting of a part of the extension on the boundary between your property and that of your neighbor?
- Do I want to build the extension on top of a single storey building? If so, is the latter strong enough to support the former?
- Is the structure going to be sited close to a sewer? If so, what steps should I take in order to get approval?
Changes to the Main Structure
If you are extending a room in the house (e.g. the kitchen), you may want to take note of aspects like the HVAC system, electricals, plumbing, etc. There is a need to include them in the building plan because significant changes will definitely be made.
It is a good idea to check some websites where you can find building extension specialists. If you are able to see one that piqued your interest, ask them to give you a quote for the project. Be sure that you know enough about the building plan before contacting your potential contractor.