If you need some extra space in your home, forget moving – why not build on what you have? You’ll have total control over the exterior design and the new rooms, as well as adding value to your home. If you’re planning a home extension in Warwickshire of elsewhere in the UK, here are some top tips for making sure it goes without a hitch.
Get the Go Ahead from Your Neighbours
You probably already know that you’ll need planning permission for any type of extension apart from a small conservatory, but it’s not just the law you want to stay on the right side of. Especially if you live in a semi-detached or terraced house, you should speak to your neighbours about your extension plans. Obviously you should warn them about the amount of disruption and noise and the expected amount of time the building work will take. If your plans to extend could prevent light coming into your neighbours’ house, they have the right to block your plans – so get them onside from the start. You may also need access to your neighbours’ gardens or property in some cases to dig foundations etc, so let them know as soon as possible.
It’s tempting to get overexcited and keep adding to your original plans – setting a strict budget should keep everything under control. Set a fair budget for the amount of work that needs doing, and get a few different quotes so you know the average cost of the extension. Then you should also have a contingency fund just in case work overruns or do you do need anything extra which wasn’t considered beforehand.
Ratio of Bedrooms and Bathrooms
If the main aim of the extension is to increase the number of bedrooms in the property, then it’s also a good idea to increase the number of bathrooms. There are no legal requirements but it is practical to have a bathroom on each floor where there are bedrooms, even if it is just a small en-suite.
Consider an architect
If you want your new extension to really have the wow factor, then you should consider hiring an architect to design the space. Building contractors can help you design a practical extension, but architects are creative specialists and will have many more ideas which are less conventional. They can also advise on using modern materials which you may not have thought of yourself.
Contact the Prior team if you need further help planning your home extension.