How long have you been living in your house? Are you contented on what your house looks like up to now? Or do you plan to have an extension to have a new look? Do you know the things that you need to do or consider when planning for an extension in your home?
Planning to have a home extension may take a lot of things to consider. This includes if there’s enough space in your home for an extension, design for the new extension, budget for the project, etc. Planning takes time as it must be thoroughly done and also to avoid mistakes. Here are 6 steps for planning an extension:
As property prices inch inexorably higher more of us are choosing to renovate and extend our homes, rather than upgrade and move on. There are a number of practical advantages to this approach, especially if you like an area and have kids settled in local schools. Not least is the fact that buying and selling property has a whole host of associated costs above and beyond the price of a home. This includes agent’s fees, stamp duty and the not inconsiderable hassle of packing and moving your home/life. So where to start for getting a home extension project off the ground? Here are 6 pointers to get you started…
- Practical Practicalities
Before you even get started on the nitty gritty of a home extension project you need to carefully consider the concept. This includes practicalities such as the economics of the project, where you are going to live during the works and how much value the extension may add to your home. Also take time to consider anything in your life that may get in the way of a smooth running project…
Every home extension project requires money and you need to save for you to achieve your desired extension. Saving your hard earned money for a few years makes it difficult for you to spend it on just one blow. People sometimes look for means to save money on their project. Some hire affordable and reliable home contractors, others do things by themselves, select a cheaper materials, etc. So if you want to spend money wisely on your project, here are some ways:
- Keep your design simple
Curves and corners are costly to build, so keep your extension’s design as simple as possible. A rectangular or square footprint with a simple pitched roof will be cheapest. Design the build around off-the-shelf products, such as standard-size doors and windows.
Avoid any products that have to be made to order; choose materials that are readily available and easy to use. So, stick to cast concrete for the sub-floor; concrete blockwork for the walls; brick, render or timber cladding; and a softwood timber roof structure. Try rooflights instead of dormer windows and interlocking concrete tiles for covering the roof…
If you’re looking for some inspiring home extensions, Melbourne have an incredible range of designs that might just whet your appetite. If you head on over to that website, you can always get some advice from them.
Remember, whenever you’re looking for a home builder, make sure you first do some digging. You can always ask them to provide you the contact details of previous customers so you can quickly find out what their experience was like. Custom Outdoor Living are one such example of a building company that have been maintaining a very high standard for a long time and they’re extremely helpful, so give them a call if you’re in the area. You can find out more on the Custom Outdoor Living website.
Check out some further designs in the video below, entitled “Home extension design ideas”