Home Extension Step-by-Step Guide
A well-planned home extension has the potential to turn even the humblest of properties into a comfortable, stylish and light-filled home.
With the right design and execution, we can create you a wonderful new space
Why extend your home?
One of the big advantages of adding more space to your existing home, of course, is that you won’t have to pay stamp duty or agents’ fees – which should free up more of your budget to put into creating a truly tailored space that suits your family.
That said, it’s important to keep future resale values in mind. One crucial consideration is how well-balanced the finished house will be. It’s all very well adding a kitchen-diner with two new bedrooms above, for example, but do you have enough bathrooms or ensuites to serve the extra accommodation?
Thinking through how the new extension will integrate with the rest of your home – and possibly remodelling the original ground floor layout – could help you make the most of your new build.
1 What’s my extension budget?
It’s tempting to be cagey about what you have to spend, but if you are open with us about your budget we will be better able to assess what we can achieve for the money you have available. As good professionals we will of course aim to deliver the wow factor – but above all we want to create the space you want at a price you can afford.
2 Do I need planning permission for my extension?
Most single storey and certain multi storey extensions are allowed under permitted development rights, which means you don’t have to make a formal planning application. Your project will have to fit within a range of criteria relating to size, height, orientation and materials – and if it falls outside of the rules, you’ll need to make a full planning application instead. We are able to assist you with this process.
3 How easy will access be?
If you’re considering a rear or side extension and live in a terraced or semi-detached property, then getting materials and plant on site is sometimes more difficult, although never impossible. Generally, this can mean manual digging of foundations instead of using machinery and may result in adding a couple of days extra work to the overall project.