7 Tips for Extending Your Home
Planning your extension can be tough. There are so many questions surrounding it: Where to start? How much does it cost? The best way would be to use the help of specialists who dedicated their lives to developing and building houses. They can show you designs that wouldn’t cross your mind. But even then, you still need to be sure about certain things. Some of them are obvious but they tend to be forgotten. The general tip is to think about future tenants of your home, their lifestyle, age, and any special needs they may have. Here are some tips based on the experience of our builders.
1. Sun vs Shadow
Find the source of light in your house. If you want to read books or grow in-house veggies in your extension, try to get as much sun as possible. On the other hand, you could build your own cinema or silenced recording studio if... you rock ;) In that case, the shadow will be your friend.
2. Chaos vs Logic
Remember you are building an extension, not another house. Different styles in your rooms can be a good thing (e.g. if you’re building an office). But in other cases, a variety of styles can be overwhelming, and you might have to adjust the “old house” to a new style. The same goes for a loft conversion.
3. Elephant vs Ant
If you have a limited budget, always put the quality of materials before the size. Building a big place for little money can cost you a lot in the future. Also, you don’t want the extension to dominate the rest of the house. Just remember not to give up about your dream design - where there’s a will, there’s a way.
4. Fire vs Ice
When planning to build a big extension, it is crucial to consider heating. Maintaining a large place may cost you an arm and a leg if you don’t use the right materials or if you put the radiator in a random place. Glazed extensions are one of the solutions for winter problems. And remember, next winter might be colder than the last one, so be prepared.
5. Old vs New
Living in a really old house has its charm, but sometimes, before building an extension, it is good to check the condition of your walls/roof. Remember that the health of your home is also the health of your family - both physical and mental. Regular damp inspection is crucial and in some cases, it might be a good idea to choose refurbishment over extension.
6. To stay vs To go
Being able to stay at your place is the advantage of making an extension or a loft conversion in comparison to building a new house or getting a complete refurbishment. If all health and safety rules are followed, staying seems convenient. However, it can be tough to put up with all the inevitable noise. No matter what you choose, ,always ensure your kids avoid the construction site for their own safety.
7. Price vs Nice
And the final tip - Extension Prices. Obviously, the price will depend on the technique, the materials and the crew you choose. If you feel limited by your budget, contact our team for ideas. There might be a design you wouldn’t think of that provides everything you wanted within your price range. From our experience, an extension usually costs about £2000 per square foot. If you are interested in a more accurate quote, contact our team. You can also divide the work into stages and pay in instalments.
Oh, and one more thing - always be nice to your neighbours or they may complicate your extension plans ;)
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