For many of us our homes are ongoing project, what initially seems like enough space can be stretched beyond its limits sooner than you think. Especially if you are planning a family or a new child for many of us it is a simpler and more beneficial choice to add an extension to your property instead of relocating and going through the process of putting your house on the market.
When planning and designing an extension for your home there is a vast array of different options available. Some extensions suit certain properties more than others and depending on what you hope to obtain from your extension, whether it’s increasing space and functionality or simply adding value to your home, some choices are much more logical and beneficial than others.
When considering your proposed extension it is advisable to have a clear plan as to what you want and how you are going to realistically achieve it. Although it is fun and inspiring looking at completed projects in architectural magazines and on property websites sometimes the sheer volume of ideas presented can inundate your senses and actually make the decision process harder work than it needs to be.
When you have a bit of time to yourself think of the following aspects as early as possible to help make the decision easier
Budget – Try to at least set a rough budget as early as you can to make the decision process less complicated. Ideally set a range instead of a figure but try to adhere to it as best as you can. If after exhausting every avenue you are not entirely happy with your end decision alter your budget range and begin again. It may seem frustrating but you will soon get the feel of this stage of planning and should find it easier to make definite and clear decisions.
Style – Depending on the kind of extension you have planned aesthetics may be less significant than the actual function of the proposed addition to your home. Regardless of the type of extension you have planned styling and visual appearance will inevitably be a factor to take into account at some stage of the process. Many people today choose to have exceptionally beautiful additions added to their home which look breath taking and are a genuine marvel to behold. Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of style and personality into your initial plans but also be aware of how it will tie into and accompany the existing appearance of your house. Important questions to ask yourself are how will it look ten or twenty years for now and how much could it affect the overall value of your property.
Materials – Your choice of materials will make a huge impact on your budget, style and overall appearance of your extension. Depending on your personal tastes and preferences you may choose materials and details that are complimentary to your existing home or alternatively choose glass, wood and brick types that completely clash with your existing property. Whichever direction you go in making a firm decision early can potentially save your large amounts of time procrastinating and potentially slowing down progress at a more advanced stage of the project.
Planning Permission – Obtaining the correct planning permission is an essential stage that some people unfortunately overlook. Planning permission guidelines and regulations are different in England Wales and can vary between each local council. Your local council will ultimately approve or reject your proposed work so it is essential to adhere to what they advise. When you are at the right stage in the proposed plan for your extension we will advise how to go about obtaining and securing planning permission for your project.