What to Consider When Planning an Extension

Posted on July 20th, 2013

Planning An ExtensionWith house prices ever escalating, many people are choosing to extend their homes in order to gain a little extra space without having to move. With the advantage of adding value on to your property, extensions have become more and more popular. Thus we’ve come up with some things you may want to consider if you are planning on building an extension:

Design and planning

You’ll need to consider the size of your new extension and its location. For example, will you be adding to the back of your house, or extending at the side? And will your extension be one or two floors? You will also want to keep in mind the look and feel of your home right now. This will help you add and maintain a sense of continuity with your existing home.

Consulting an architect

It’s worth consulting an architect for advice on how to best utilise the space you have and how the extension will fit in with the rest of your house. They will also be able to tell you about local planning rules and regulations, and how your plan will fit in with the local environment.

Neighbours 

Prior to any building works, inform your neighbours of your plans and work through any objections or concerns they may have. This could save you a lot of bother, money and time later on.

Planning permission 

It is likely that you will need planning permission before you start works on your house, visit your local authority or http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/ for more information. The process can take up to 8 weeks, so ensure that you’ve accounted for this time in your planning process.

Labour 

The best way to find a builder is by contacting several different contractors and asking for quotes, often word of mouth is a good way of finding one you know you can trust. It is essential that you outline the terms of your agreement in a contract, including a timetable with a defined completion date (however you will probably have to be quite flexible with this). Also ensure that the cost of supplies falls within the price that has been quoted to you.

Budget

It is very easy to underestimate the time and money you will need to complete this project and budgeting realistically from the beginning is vital. It is important that you don’t stretch yourself financially and that you have access to emergency funds, however, in case you do go over budget or need to make changes. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of decorating and new furniture, and also application fees for planning permission.

Storage

Extending your house can be messy business, with dust and noise playing a significant part in the process. You may want to consider putting some of your goods in self storage to prevent them from dust and damage. With prices starting from just £6/week, if you live in or around the South Woodford area, BWI Self Storage is ideal. Call or visit us for more details today.