When you’re planning on starting a new family or adding to your existing one, you need more space in the house. The obvious thing to do is move but when house prices are high, that’s not always viable. You might also want to stay where you are because it’s a great house in an ideal location and you can’t find anything similar nearby. So, if moving isn’t an option for you what do you do? Your only other option is to extend your existing house. If you’re going to build an extension, this article will tell you everything you need to know.
Get It Approved
Before you get carried away and start buying materials and hiring contractors, you need to know whether you can actually build the extension in the first place. In most cases, you need to get planning permission for any extensions, especially if they might obstruct the view of your neighbors. They’ll be consulted as well before a decision is made so make sure you knock on doors up and down the street and ask people whether they’re ok with you putting an extension on your house. You don’t necessarily need their permission but it will make the whole process a lot smoother if they’re on board. Once you’ve spoken with the neighbours, you can contact your local authority and put an application in.
Find An Architect
Once you’ve got that approval, you can’t start planning the extension. For that, you’ll need the services of good renovation architects who can help you design your extension. The best way to decide on the best one is to look at their past work. They’ll each have their own style so think about how you want the building to look. Do you want something that blends in with the rest of the house or do you want something modern and experimental? Keep your aim in mind when you’re choosing an architect and you’ll get the design that you’re after.
Set A Budget
When you’re drawing up designs, you need to keep in mind that you have a budget and that will limit what you can do. If you start making plans without thinking about your budget, you’ll be disappointed when you realize you can’t afford to build it. Have a look at your finances and work out what you can afford to spend on the extension. Give this figure to the architect before they start planning so your expectations are managed.
Decide On Decor
Now that you’ve got your plans and your budget sorted, you’re pretty much ready to start the build. There isn’t much more you can do at this point, you’ve just got to leave it to the contractors. What you can do though, is start thinking about the decor for the kids room. Planning it all out while the build is happening means that you’ll be ready to start decorating as soon as it’s done. That’s particularly important if you’re trying to get the room ready in time for a new baby.
These are the main steps you need to take when you’re planning and building a house extension.