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Home Extensions - What to Consider Before Moving Forward


Home extensions are cool changes you make to improve your residential structures. While people may opt for such structural changes for making their private properties trendy – there are many who do such things to get comfort, ease, convenience and efficiency. In order to get a quick flavour of what and how your home extension would be, consider the following factors.


Legalities


While planning to extend your home, Check your need for planning permission first. Home extensions also require submissions to building control. However, nobody is required to obtain, or submit any kind of legal or statutory documents if work is of minor nature – underpinning, installing green shades, getting windows that do not cover any extra space or don’t become a nuisance for neighbours in the town. Also, if you are planning a home extension in an area with sewers, you may have to obtain a building or work permit from their respective water boards or authorities.


Logistics


There are two things you need to decide beforehand. What’s your reason for a home extension? Whether the home extension process should be started with you and your family being onsite? That’s because your chosen materials, designs, architectural structures and several other factors would change depending on the purpose of your home extension. Common home extension ideas take roots from the need for automation, structural integrity, thermal efficiency, better lighting and enhanced ventilation. So, answers to both of the aforementioned questions are simultaneously and mutually exclusive. For example, if your purpose is to get the house more ventilation and lighting, which doesn’t require a lot of digging etc. can be performed while you stay onsite. However, if you want to change the residential structure more than 30-40%, then you’d have to consider moving somewhere else for some time.


Financial Feasibility


Any project, whether personal, private or commercial, requires sufficient financial resources. For that, a spending plan also referred to as a ‘budget’ has to be prepared which accounts for the costs and benefits of any changes made during the home extension process. You can only decide on particular home extension ideas after thorough market research. Compare and contrast the type of home extension you wish and weigh it against your budget. Do not forget to account for the fees of an architect or a designer.


Also, you shouldn’t allow a limited budget to discourage your plans for extension. For that, you need to manage more using lesser resources. Make sure to plan size for extension and then get in touch with a professional builder. Let him visit the site for an accurate idea of costs and materials.


Project Management


If you wish to change your personal property into a dream home, make sure to project manage your home extension process. Whether you’re getting a vaulted extension or a side house extension, with all of the factors mentioned above, hand over your home only to the trusted professionals. One great way to evaluate the expertise is to check whether your property extension team has onsite designers, architects, consultants, and home extension builders working together. Study their portfolio and previous work experience. Also, check the customer reviews. Remember that you don’t only want a ‘bigger space’ – you need personal space that’s splendid and elegant.


Indeed, home is where the heart is. And so, put your heart and soul before and during your home extension process to get the most out of your time, energy and money!

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