A home extension is a popular way to add both space and value to your house. Moving home is very stressful, and very costly, from legal fees to stamp duty, the reasons for improving your home, instead of moving to another one, soon add up. But, where do you begin when it comes to a home extension?
There are many different types of extension to consider, garage extensions, side extensions, double or single storey extensions or a rear extension. There are also many different areas to consider.
Before You Start
- Will your plans add value: as with any major home development it is worth considering whether your plans will add any value to your home, before diving straight in. A local estate agent may be able to give you an indication of how much your home would increase in value, if you were to complete the planned work. They should also be able to give you an idea of how much the home would increase by, which can be helpful for budgeting.
- What development and planning permission do you need: some home extension projects can be undertaken without the need for planning permission, but it is always worth looking into it thoroughly so that you don’t find yourself facing fees.
- Check with your insurance provider: Before starting the house extension it is worth contacting your home insurance provider, and telling them about your plans. The extension will probably increase the value, and also the rebuild cost of your house, so the insurance company needs to know.
Designing an Extension
- Finding an architect: Depending on the scale of the project you might want to get an architect involved. Whilst there is no law saying you need to have an architect for a home extension, it may be easier to have a professional draw up the designs.
- Structural engineer calculations: A structural engineer can also provide technical drawings and calculations for your house extension. These will be used to seek building regulation approval, and will then be used by your building contractor during the renovation work.
- Getting quotes: As with any development service it is always a good idea to shop around, we recommend getting at least 3 quotes so you can compare the prices.
- Setting budgets: When it comes to budgeting for your home extension it can help to make a list of everything you would like included. You can then compare your quotes item by item, you should also remember to check whether VAT is included. We would also recommend setting aside around 10% of the total cost for unexpected additional costs.