Planning your extension
An extension offers many benefits, but in order to get the most out of it you need careful planning.
Adding an extension to your home will not only provide you with space that you can use however you desire but it also has the potential to add value to your property. Planning your home extension carefully will increase your chances of being provided with a home that suits your needs and compliments your existing home.
The following factors should to be taken into account when planning your extension.
Think about what you intend to use your extension for. Is it for a practical purpose such as a kitchen extension? Or is it simply to improve the appearance of your property? Deciding what you intend to use your extension for will enable you to make decisions on other factors, such as the design, size and shape.
Extensions should always be bespoke designed to suit your individual home and personal needs. Consider how it will fit in with the existing building. An architect will be able to assist you with this if you are unsure. Try sketching some ideas yourself.
Depending on the area where you live and the type of property you live in, you may need planning permission before you go ahead with your extension project. Homeowners that live in a listed building or conservation area will need planning permission. You can check whether or not planning permission is required by contacting your local planning department or visiting our project category pages. Not all extensions require planning permission. You can find out what permitted development might be applicable to your home by visiting our project categories.
Your extension project will require building warrant. This details how the extension will be constructed. An architect will be able to assist you with this.
What size extension can your home accommodate? Think about how it will affect your garden space. How will you use the space and how will it affect your existing home. Plan how you would set your furniture out to ensure you can use the extension for its intended purpose.
Think about what features you would need. Consider your room layout and how you will use the space, location of furniture, electrician points, TV location, access to adjoining rooms and access to the garden, French doors, bi fold doors and roof windows can increase natural daylight.
What is your budget? Find out what your proposed extension might cost by using our project cost estimators.
Planning your extension carefully will enable you to avoid any complications when it comes to the construction process and will increase your chances of being provided with your dream home.