We all like to improve our home, and with a growing family, it is not unusual to add to the living space, and building an extension is usually something that we eventually look into. If you have decided to explore the possibilities of adding a room or two, here are some important points to consider.
- Planning Permission – It is more than likely you will have to obtain planning permission to build an extension, and if you enlist the help of a freelance architect, he would be able to handle the paperwork. Of course, he would work with you on the design, and once the plans are finished, the architect would submit the plans to the local authorities for approval. There might be an inspection when the work has been completed, to ensure that the building regulations have been adhered to, and once that is over, you are in compliance with local building regulations.
- The Budget – This is the first thing any builder would ask you, so it is important to calculate the cost at this early stage. Obviously, you would want to use quality materials, as the extension should last for many years, and although this might bump up the cost, adding to your home is an investment that will add considerable value to the property. Some homeowners top up their mortgage to fund an extension, as this is perhaps the cheapest way to borrow the money, and your mortgage lender would be happy to oblige.
- The Contractor – Sourcing the right builder is essential, and when choosing such a company, look for an established firm that has a good local reputation. You might also want to look for a roofing contractor, as this is a specialised field, and if your home is located in the West Country, there are expert roofers in Newquay that can carry out the necessary work.
- Choice of Materials –Modern construction offers the homeowner an alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar, and many homeowners opt for a glazed conservatory with a flat roof, which is ideal for the British climate, and with a choice of either UPVC or anodised aluminium, you can forget maintenance. Double glazing ensures the new living space will be warm and you won’t experience much heat loss in the winter months.
- Building Warranty – One thing you do want to ensure is that the contractor offers a sound warranty on both materials and labour, as this will be an adequate guarantee that the work will stand the test of time. Most builders will be happy to give their customers a good warranty, and should you need to call them back for small alterations, they would usually be happy to oblige.
Building an extension will give you and your family a lot more living space, and if the design is in keeping with the existing structure, your property value will increase substantially.