So, you’re thinking of extending your home for an extra bedroom, living space or a new kitchen but want to avoid the common home extension mistakes many homeowners make?
Well, we are all scared of making mistakes and losing money. Generally speaking, if you make mistakes when extending your home, it would take at least the double time, money and effort to get your project right. So what can you do about it?
You can be very careful whilst considering extending your home by taking extra time to avoid hassle and getting into trouble! Here are some of the most common home extension mistakes you should avoid for your perfect home extension.
By all means a home extension will create an additional space to your existing home, so it is crucial you consider the entire layout of your house.
Things to consider are:
• How will the new space enhance the circulation of your home?
• Who will be using the room/space?
• How will it add value to your property?
Think I’m exaggerating?
A poor design will not only keep you from the spacious living experience you desire, but can also mean financial damage.
Being impatient will only result in getting your extension knocked down at the planning stage and having to start all over again. Not a big deal right?
One of the biggest problem is avoiding rules and regulations, as this will always find its way to ruin what you have already started. As such, waiting for up to 8 weeks will do you a massive favour.
The extension types that may require planning permission or lawful development certificate (for permitted development) include but are not limited to:
• Basement Extension
• Rear Extension
• Side Extension
• Front Extension
• Wrap-around Extension
• Multi-storey Extension
• Roof Extension
• Additional Floor Extension
So, given these potential complication, can you really afford not to get the statutory consent for your project?
Regardless of whether you get along with them or you absolutely can’t stand each other, you must always inform your neighbours about the renovation that is going to take place on your site.
You should observe the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, as failing to do so will interrupt the construction process and create unnecessary headaches. The agreement with your neighbours usually takes place in letter form, and could also be done by a third party such as a party wall surveyor.
So, your local authority grants permission, your neighbours are informed and you have found builders who are willing to work immediately. Perfect! The construction begins and it all seems to go smoothly until completion. Suddenly your property is in great danger with leakages, cracks and builders out of sight!
But remember this: To avoid the nightmare of falling under the spell of cowboy builders, do your research properly and always be suspicious. Ask builders for references and speak to their past clients. Ask to see their previous work to get an idea of their competence.
Or even better, you can appoint your architect to be your Contract Admin and Project Manager to avoid disappointment.
The choice of materials is really important as they must be compatible with the existing building type and the period of your property. Some modern building materials will later damage the traditional materials and result in great danger for your property.
The external appearance of your extension should be sympathetic to the existing typology of your house and neighbouring properties, particularly if you decide on a side extension.
Local Authorities also focus on the impact your renovation will have on the overall typology of your street. Being selective and getting professional advice is extremely important – trust me – you will be glad you did.
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