5 Tips for Adding an Extension That Works For Your Home

by - 8/15/2017 10:23:00 PM

Of all the ways in which we can improve our home, few are more sensible than adding an extension. They can boost the value of our properties, turn a modestly sized home into a spacious home, and allows you to get creative and have the type of room you always wanted to have in your abode. Of course, there’s a lot of scopes when it comes to extensions; they call in various forms, shapes, and sizes, and you’ll need to think carefully before going ahead with plans. Here are five tips to get you started.

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Think of Home Value

An extension is a cost effective way to add value to your home, but just how much you add will depend on the type of extension you have built. Also, you’ll want to set a budget - and then stick to it - to ensure it’s worth the time and effort, especially if home value is the primary objective. Adding a loft extension to a house is one of the best ways to increase the value, as it effectively creates another bedroom (or another room). Also, keep in mind that more and more people are after big kitchens, so consider that if you think it’ll work well within the home.

Get Creative

When you bought your house, you didn’t have much say over the layout of the room. Adding an extension allows you to put your own ideas forward, creating a space that works well for the needs of you and your family. Work with a professional to see what’s possible in the space you have to work with. Some home extension builders will show you a 3D model of the design, so you’ll be able to trust that you’ve made the right design choices before work begins. By adding a few unique details, you can set your extension apart from the crowd.

The Right Materials

Along with the design, it’s crucial that you think carefully about the materials you’ll use for your extension. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, no matter what the style of architecture your home is (modern and traditional can blend quite well), so make sure you look at a few options to see what will work with your home and the surrounding area.

Talk to the Neighbours

You will, in all likelihood, have to get planning permission from the relevant authorities before you start work. However, the approval process starts much earlier than when you submit your paperwork for consideration; it begins by having a simple conversation with your neighbours. Inform them of your plans while you’re still in the planning stages and see if they have any objections. It’s much easier to rectify any issues at the very beginning than it is when you’ve already drawn up your plans.

Living in a Building Site

Finally, remember that an extension can’t pop up overnight. It could take months before it’s completed. If you’re used to hosting big events like Christmas dinners or a summer party at your home, schedule the extension during a time when it won’t interfere with your plans.

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