If you’re weighing up the decision as to whether to move house or have an extension built, you may find that going for the extension could be the best decision you could make. If you like the area in which you live and the majority of the house provides you with what you need, then it makes sense to stay put and add to what you have already got, without having the hassle of moving house.
Moving house might seem exciting, but it is one of the most stressful things you can ever do – not to mention expensive. Just think of the solicitor fees, estate agent fees, plus the risk of spending all of that money only for the sale of the house to fall through at the last minute.
So what are the key points to consider when planning a home extension?
Utilise all of the space available
The main thing when planning an extension is to ensure that you make the best use of the available space. You may not have a huge amount of space at the rear or the side of your home to house the full extension, so you might want to consider a two storey extension. A builder or architect should speak with you to find out exactly what you want to achieve from building the extension, and will let you know whether the plans will be viable. They should then create some drawings which will showcase ideas of the layout for the extension.
Consider your budget
Your budget will determine the size of your extension. Be aware that many building projects end up exceeding the original budget, as various problems can unexpectedly occur, so be sure to allow for extra funds to allow for these issues. Be honest about what you can afford, particularly if you need to borrow money to pay for the extension.
Seek relevant planning permission
You may find that you don’t need to seek planning permission for your building work. However, if you are opting for a two storey extension or if you have major plans to change your home, you will need to contact the local authorities to gain planning permission. Your builder should be able to provide advice as to whether you will need to seek permission.
Try to organise the project at a time to suit you
If you do require planning permission for your project, it may take a few weeks for the paperwork to be complete, so don’t go expecting the building work to start soon after you make the decision to go ahead! Reputable builders will often have a waiting list, so you will also need to bear this in mind. If you have a holiday or family event planned, then you may want to consider this when scheduling in a date with your builder. It’s also preferable to have any building work carried out during the summer months, as this way you should have fewer disruptions as a result of adverse weather conditions! If you find that you’re getting frustrated with the project taking longer than you wish, just remember that many houses which are on the market can take months or even years to sell.
Once the home extension is complete, hopefully you will have everything you need for you and your family in your home, and you will have no need to move house for a very long time.
To speak to a reputable builder who can carry out building extensions, feel free to visit the Cameron Butcher website at http://cameronbutcher.co.uk/.