Things To Consider When Doing Home Extensions

Considering extending your living space through home extensions? Go through our guide to know the essential things you should keep in mind for it.

If the lack of space in your house is a problem for your growing family, then home extensions are the best way out!

It spruces up your property and makes it more functional and valuable. So, if you have an outdoor space, there’s no better way to utilise it.

But, how does one go about it? Well, there are several factors that you must keep in mind, like space, budget, time and how you will design the new space. To make things easier for you, we've done our research and compiled this guide on things you should consider when doing home extensions.

So, without further ado, let's get started.

Things To Consider When Doing Home Extensions

1. Purpose

Why do you want to extend your home? This is an important question and you need to have enough clarity about the purpose of the project before beginning with it.

For instance, some people extend their houses to increase their living space to accommodate a growing family. Here, a modest budget and a few alterations can completely transform your property and make it more attractive and comfortable.

Some others intend to sell their property in the future and therefore extend it to increase its value and get a good deal out of it. However, it is always advisable not to spend more than what you can recoup post-sale in such cases.

2. Budget

Let's face it; home extensions are a costly affair. What you need to decide is the upper limit of your budget. Remember, structural modifications and demolition are a part of any extension project and they require material and labour costs, for starters. So, decide on a budget and convey the same to your architect.

This will allow the professional to make relevant suggestions and guide you in the right direction. They'll also alter your initial design to fit into the budget.

We want to warn you that extensions are liable to GST and the tax is applied to materials, building control fees and labour costs. So, inquire about the tax rates and plan a budget accordingly.

Long story short, keep your expectations realistic and your budget reasonably flexible. Also, keep a contingency budget aside to meet unexpected repair costs that might crop up.

3. Time

The home extension timeline can vary depending on the type of extension you opt for. Usually, it can range from six to fifteen months. However, having a basic idea about the time frame of the project can be of tremendous help. So, here's a quick overview.

Preparation involves listing down your requirements, briefly surveying the area and choosing a financing option. This takes anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks. Then, you pick an architect and make a layout of the entire project, complete with sketches. This can take around 5 weeks.

Once that is done, the builder will submit the design plan to local authorities for approval and this usually takes 6 weeks, following which you can tender the project and mobilise contractors. This takes around 4 to 8 weeks.

Finally, the construction begins and the time depends on the type of extension, weather conditions, etc. However, your architect will be able to give you a rough idea of the time frame.

4. Services

Once you have an idea of the time and budget, there is another critical consideration. You also have to make provisions for supplying certain utilities to the new space like electricity, water, ventilation, etc.

For instance, if you're going to use the extension as a kitchen, then adequate drainage, plumbing, cooking and electricity lines must be made. Similarly, if the extended area has two floors or multiple rooms, you have to add a new electric and plumbing system.

Ask the builder about the additional costs involved in this and make careful plans about how you intend to position your appliances.

5. Neighbouring Properties

When you're building the extension close to the neighbouring properties, notify the neighbours in advance, as per the Party Wall Act. Your property shouldn't overlook or overshadow theirs, or else they might raise valid objections.

Thus, ensure that your extension isn't compromising your neighbours' privacy or blocking the light to their house.

We recommend reaching out to them in advance, conveying the plan properly and politely asking them to remove any trees or fence that might hinder the building process.

6. Style

Now, we come to the fun part! After dealing with all the technical and legal aspects of the extension, it's time to design the interior.

Make sure that the new area perfectly complements the existing spaces of your house and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. Choose the flooring material, types of windows and doors, furniture and other decor items. Create a uniformity between your house and the extension.

Style the new space in such a way that the overall appearance of your property looks consistent and aesthetically appealing and pick a colour scheme that flows with the rest of the house.

Some people choose to design the new structure in complete contrast with the original one. This is a great idea, as long as it blends well.

7. Look At The Entire Project

It's essential to look at the project in its entirety. If your original house needs repair, then set aside a specific budget for it. As we've mentioned earlier, the extension should look like a part of the property, so ensure that the entire project looks well laid out.

For instance, if you're building a new kitchen that leads to the patio or garden, then you might want to improve the appearance of that area. This makes sure that the overall space looks impressive.

That’s Our Guide On Home Extensions

With that, we come to the end of this guide. We hope you have enough clarity now and can go ahead with the extension project.

Remember to choose a reputed architect who matches your requirements and offers suggestions that make your new space look splendid. Also, be clear about your expectations and budget from the outset to avoid any disputes later on.

Now, we'll take our leave, but here's a tip. Make your new project more sustainable to save money in the long run. Explore options with your builder's help and opt for greener choices like solar panels, upgraded appliances and so on.

Do reach out to us if you have any queries in the comments below. Until next time, take care!

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