Planning an home extension? What you need to know



Planning a Home Extension in Altrincham? Here is what you need to know

A home extension is a way to increase your living space, add value to your home and give you a better lifestyle with a nicer living environment. But before you dive into it, there are some key tips that we are happy to share that may help planning your house extension that little bet easier.

1. Work out what you want as an end goal

This may sound obvious, but often our initial idea for what we think we want may not be ideal. You may have in your mind that you want a huge kitchen adding or an additional bathroom. However, planning the layout and also including proper allocation for storage such as utility rooms or boot rooms often get overlooked. The best bet is to initially create basic sketch of your dream extension. This gives you the opportunity to share the ideas with others and discuss pitfalls and benefits of your layout plan.

2. UK Building Regulations

Yes, our dream extension may be a large double storey one that gives you double the living space. But before you get into any detail, its a good idea to know what size of extension a property like yours can have. The UK Building Regulations may not allow you to do exactly what you want. This is why you pay a qualified planner who will be well versed in the topic. They will be able to provide you with an idea of what is acceptable and what the local council are likely to approve before any plans created.

3. Your Budget

As with all home extensions, they are generally a big financial decision for most people and knowing likely costs is crucial. You need to factor in design fees, planning applications, labour, materials and more. When we say more, the unknowns are that materials may increase in value by the time you are ready to start on your extension so its a good idea to get a firm fixed quotation, or have additional budget should it be required. Again, an experienced local builder will be able to guide you on predicted costs in best and worst case scenarios so that you know what you are dealing with.

4. The Extension Design

Choosing a company that can design and build your new extension is a good idea but not the only way. You can bring in your own architect and structural engineer to create the designs and then find a builder. As with all design projects, experience counts. It is a good idea to choose a company with a good portfolio of work and one that has a good solid reputation for doing a good job. The key with all home extensions is to remember that its your money and you are in control. You can dictate the design but keep in mind that a designers experience could prove invaluable.

5. The Build Phase

As soon as you have the green light to start, choosing a reliable and trusted builder is essential. Ask for references, check insurance documents and ensure they understand your expectations. Work with them to set realistic timescales for when works are to be complete and you will be able to identify the best local builders.

Additional bonus tips

  • Think about the long term, not the short term – you may want to think about accessibility features or an extra bedroom.
  • Think Green – there may be government grants to opt for the lates more energy efficient heating systems, they may cost more now, but could save money in future.
  • Disruption – remember that extensions are disruptive and it may be a good idea to think about moving out for a short period while work is underway.

We hope that this guide to planning a home extension helps our local clients in and around Altrincham. If you would like to have a chat about your plans, pick up the phone today. We would be delighted to hear from you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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