Extending your home provides you with extra space without the need to move. There are many benefits to adding an extra room or more to your property. But it is a major renovation and a big upheaval and should be given careful consideration. Ask yourself these questions carefully before making your decision.
- What Are Your Reasons?
There are many reasons for wishing to extend. Each will present their own challenges and considerations. Common reasons are:
- Your family may have grown, and you need extra bedrooms
- Your home is small, and you have little space for storage or to move around
- Your kitchen or bathroom etc. is too small, and you want to increase its size
- You intend to work from home, and you need extra space to do this
- You want to make the most of the garden and build a conservatory as part of this
- You want to increase your home’s value for when you sell at a later date
Consider your reasons carefully and take advice if necessary. If you are extending to add value, speak to your real estate agent and ask about the likely increase in asking price. Ensure this will be worth the expense and upheaval
- Is Your Budget Realistic?
It is likely you will already have an idea of budget. But it is important to determine whether this is realistic. Costs will vary depending on your contractor, materials used, etc. You will need to work out whether you intend to do any of the work yourself, with the help of plant hire equipment such as digger hire, etc. Or whether you intend to contract it out. As with any major renovations, always shop around and obtain several quotations. Gather as much advice as you can from architects, contractors, builders, etc.
- Do You Need Planning Permission?
The good news is that not all home renovation projects require planning permission. However, it is important to determine whether this applies to your project before you go ahead. Your architect will be able to advise you on planning permission. He or she can also talk you through the building regulations you will need to adhere to.
- What About Your Neighbors?
Extending your home is likely to impact on your neighbors. While you don’t necessarily need their permission, it is important to keep them in the loop. At the very least, they are likely to experience some disruption as the works are in progress. Building work is noisy, and there will be large vehicles coming in and out of the street.
You also need to be aware of potential disputes such as blocking light, overlooking, and boundaries.
- Where Will You Live?
Renovation work causes disruption. The amount of upheaval will depend on the nature of the upgrade. It might be necessary for you and family to make alternative accommodation arrangements for a while. If so, this will need to factor in your decision.
Spending a little extra time in the planning stages, and considering every point carefully, will save you time and money.