Essential Advice To Heed Before Planning Your Extension
Planning an extension can feel extremely exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. In fact, it can sometimes feel more nerve-wracking than moving home, because at least you know the home you are moving to is fully constructed, and the responsibility for that does not lay on your shoulders. However, does this mean that an extension is a cursed affair that will only cause you difficulty and worry?
Of course not. In fact, an extension can help revolutionise your home space, give you the space you need (such as when needing more for a new family member), and absolutely skyrocket your property value. Additionally, it can be a fun project to manage and maintain. Get your first extension out of the way, and you’ll likely notice that you are now able to think more creatively about the buildings you occupy. Perhaps in the future you will feel more comfortable building your dream retirement home on a rural plot of land.
But let’s focus on the present first, namely the essential advice you may need to heed before planning this extension to begin with:
It’s essential that you stay completely realistic about your extension and how you hope to develop it. Applying for planning permission from the local housing authority will likely give you no uncertain amount of humility, especially because they need to cross every T and dot every I. It might be that you’re in a busy residential area, that you are in an area protected from potential construction (common in rural landscapes) or that there are simply too many home renovations going on in your area for this to be considered feasible. Staying uber realistic about your planning and having everything, down to millimeters of your blueprints defined can help you show you are in it to win it. That being said:
- Hire Professional Architects
Residential architects are experts at helping you squeeze the most out of your space. No matter if you’re hoping to go for a small extension or to add an entire wing to your house, they are capable at effectively giving you the best space possible with the most reasoned layout possible while also trying to conform to the best design ideal. If you have plans for an impressive extension, or you simply want to get it completely perfect the first time, then these services couldn’t be more valuable.
- Over Budget & Overschedule
It’s important to plan for being over budget and overschedule when considering your extension. Invariably, variables always crop up. This can lead to an unpredictable experience, and so it’s essential that you measure yourself and allow for a rainy day emergency fund for this, or that you can hire excess labor to finish a job, or even take time off work to help you finish that last week of internal repair. When you plan for this, surprises will never hit as hard as they might otherwise.