If you are considering building a house extension you will likely be excited to jump in and get the ball rolling. But, a little thought, careful planning and patience can go a long way.
Before you start picking out wall colours, curtains and furnishings, there are some things you should consider first.
1. Why are you extending?
Before you jump into the extension it is a good idea to think about why you want it.
If this your forever home that you want to enjoy for years to come, then a house extension can be a great idea. Or, if this is almost your dream home, but you want to add on a little something else, a house extension can offer that.
Alternatively, if you want to add value to your home then it can be worth speaking to an estate agent beforehand, to see how much value the extension will add in comparison to how much it will cost.
It can be difficult to set a budget but this is the only way to make sure the project is staying on track. Having a solid budget from the start ensures the designers plan a house extension that will be within your limits.
As exciting as it is, try to be realistic about what it will cost you and what you have available.
Don’t underestimate how long a house extension will take you. The planning, surveying and designing process can take several months, and that’s before any building work starts.
Once the building does start you will have to contend with the British weather, the availability of resources and sometimes surprise delays that can’t have been foreseen.
Basically, if you want the house extension done soon, start soon.
4. Neighbouring properties
Another factor you have to contend with is the properties surrounding yours. Do you share a party wall, if so, do you need a party wall agreement. Could there be any issues with overlooking? Could your neighbours be within their right to complain about their ‘right to light’.
Also, you may want to offer them some courtesy and let them know of your building work before it gets started. If you aren’t that friendly with your neighbours, start thinking about inviting them round for a cup of coffee to butter them up.