PREPARATION FOR A HOME EXTENSION
- Author: Scott
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING FOR YOUR HOME EXTENSION.
There are many reasons for extending your home, but before you begin work on your home improvements, it really
pays to do your homework properly and that starts with the
In this article we will look at all the main points in preparing for a home extension.
Firstly, you need to consider what extension it is that you want doing. This seems like a fairly obvious point, but your preparation will vary accordingly. For example, what are your reasons for the extension? Are you a homeowner who is planning to stay in their home for some time and wants it to be as comfortable as possible for their needs? Or are you planning on moving on in the near future.In which case, you may need to consider some other factors than just pleasing yourself.If you are planning on selling your home – whether it is in the dim and distant horizon or in the more immediate future, then you need to think about its resale potential.This means giving your extension plans some cold, hard, thinking.Things to think about include the types of properties and the occupants in your locale.If you live in an area stuffed full of young professionals, putting in an extension which is exclusively intended for a senior, may not make it the most attractive option to potential buyers, later down the line.
Next, consider the cost. This is naturally going to make or break the project. We would urge realism here and adding
in an extra 20% margin of error. Projects have a habit of overrunning their costs if you
don’t rein them in. It’s easy to get carried away and go for a high end finish that can increase costs greatly. You will need to set a budget and stick to it – don’t forget to add in the VAT!
Knowing how long the project will take is integral to its success. Especially if you will have to live there whilst it is happening! When it comes to timescale, we would advise you to add on 20% to any estimate that a builder gives you. Things have a habit of going over, even with the best will in the world! As a rough guide, an average sized single storey extension should take between 12 and 14 weeks. You should add on a few weeks extra for additional storeys.
Now you are at the practical planning stage. This means thinking
about the nuts and bolts of the project. Some things to consider include;
DO YOU NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?
Not every type of home extension will require planning permission. Many loft conversions will not need it. However, other types of extension do, so your first task is to see if your project requires planning permission.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE PROPERTY DURING RENOVATIONS?
This question will naturally be first on your list and the thing you need to ask the builder in charge of the project.
DO YOU NEED A SKIP?
Building can get messy and there will be a lot of things being thrown away. It makes sense to have a skip somewhere
on the site, to remove
all the waste materials safely. This could cost between £40 and £150 per
load to remove.
WHERE WILL YOU STORE MATERIALS?
Do think carefully about exactly where you will store the building materials during your renovations and how the team will access them.
TOILET FACILITIES FOR THE BUILDERS?
Have you got adequate toilet facilities for the builders? If they are going to be outside, they may require a chemical toilet. These can be hired fairly cheaply and cost around £45 a week.
Your builders should have insurance, but check this fact. A call to your own insurers may also be prudent.
WHO IS PROJECT MANAGING?
Will you be project managing – or someone else? If you are, be prepared to take charge of calling building control and think about site safety, as well as the presence of water and electrics. We can take over
the job or advise you on the best building practise.
Before doing anything else, you probably need to have a conversation with your neighbours. Even if your extension
does not seem to impact upon them directly, there are issues such as noise and access to consider. Also, you need to be mindful of whether you could be blocking
their light or impacting on their property in anyway. A friendly chat is the best way to go. Remain calm and be prepared for the possibility they might not instantly fall in love with your plans. Is it possible you could meet their concerns halfway with some adjustments?
Sustainability is also a consideration for your project. Not only because this will help its resale value, but also
because by installing low energy devices it will help save you money in the long run. Factors to consider include;
- Low Energy Lights
- Insulation – Cavity Wall And Loft
- Double Glazing
- Energy Efficient Walls And Doors
- Solar Panels
- Energy Efficient Boiler
- Sustainable Materials (i.e. Bamboo)
PREPARATION FOR A HOME EXTENSION
Now for the practicalities of the project. More than likely, you will need some outside help. For nearly everyone this means hiring a builder and possibly hiring an architect.
Your architect is invaluable in helping to oversee the small details that may arise on the way. There are always
certain things from build to build that arise that need an extra opinion or advice on. A good architect is always on hand to help with these problems.
As well as the practical considerations, spare a thought for your own mental preparations. We can’t lie – having building work done can be stressful and you need to prepare your own headspace accordingly, before it begins. Make sure you are completely ready for the invasion of your home. Put away anything valuable or that you don’t want damaging, for the duration of the project. Remember to cover up everything that matters to you – there will be dust. Ensure that small children and pets are kept away from any potential dangers. Next, take a deep breath and try to remain calm – people will be traipsing in and out of your home a lot. It is going to get hectic – and very messy but with our expert help you will get through this. It wont be that bad, don’t worry.
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