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How to Plan, Design and Build a New House Extension: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to housing and property, the modern age is unlike any other. The rapid urbanization of recent years has led to an increased demand for homes that are compact, functional and forward-thinking. As a result, the extension of existing properties has become a popular trend among homeowners.
Whether you are looking to add value to your home or create a modern space with ample living and entertaining areas, an extension is a cost-effective way of doing so.

However, many people have reservations about adding on to their homes as they worry it could impact their value.

But when done correctly, adding on can actually increase your home’s value! This blog will walk you through everything you need to know before planning, designing and building an extension – including what type of extensions are available and which one is best for you; pros and cons of extending your home; design considerations such as positioning and height restrictions; how much it will cost; planning permission; building regulations; materials and finishes; lighting strategies; parking space availability; accessorization options; outdoor space availability; foundation alteration options; utility availability – electrical & plumbing services availability etc…

House Extensions: What Type of House Extension is Right For Your Home?

Extending your home can be an ideal way to expand your living space and enhance its functionality, whether accommodating for increasing family needs, increasing natural light flow or simply giving the house some breathing room.

Building up is often the more economical way of expanding a house as it reduces the costly roof and foundation work needed for expansion.

What are the different types of house extensions?

House extensions can be ideal for homeowners looking for extra space to add living areas, create home offices or add bedrooms. Extending also increases natural lighting flow throughout their home, linking different parts of their property together more seamlessly. When planning an extension project, it is vital that all aspects are carefully considered, including how it will sit alongside existing structures and future needs and uses.

Rear extensions are one of the most sought-after home extensions, allowing homeowners to expand key living areas without occupying garden space. They can create kitchens, dining areas, playrooms, utility rooms or even basement bathrooms – bi-fold doors can help bridge old and new places while bringing in lots of natural light. Rear extensions come in single and two-storey versions.

Selecting a builder specialising in renovations and extensions can be invaluable when planning a practical attachment. They can assist with budgeting, drawing designs, gaining planning permission and working directly with you so that the finished result resembles exactly how you imagined you. They have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process efficiently, helping ensure you receive maximum value from your budget.

An extension completed to the highest standards can add significant value to a property, while inferior quality extensions could reduce its value.

Home extensions can be an attractive alternative to moving, especially for families with strong bonds with their neighbourhood and community. Relocating can be disruptive; therefore, selecting an experienced builder is vital.

Garden room extensions

Garden rooms could be the answer if you’re seeking an economical house extension solution. These freestanding structures create extra living space for a lounge, playroom or home office. Various companies specialise in producing garden rooms – manufacturing can occur off-site before being assembled quickly at your property – making this an efficient solution to expand living space quickly.

These buildings can be made of wood or covered in other materials like timber, brick or stone for various styles and sizes to complement your garden space. Some firms even provide prefabricated garden rooms, which may be less costly.

Garden rooms provide many advantages over conventional structures, one key one being that you don’t require planning permission to build them under permitted development rights. You will still have to submit documentation and apply for a lawful development certificate.

Garden rooms provide another significant advantage over home extensions – they can often be completed much more quickly as construction takes place outside, thus creating less disruption and mess for you to deal with during construction. Furthermore, you won’t have to find temporary accommodation during this process which can save both money and stress.

Add value to your property, whether with a garden room or traditional extension, by creating extra living space that can serve as a gym, yoga studio, office space or as an escape from everyday noise and stress.

Double storey extensions

Double-storey extensions can be an ideal way of expanding living space without demolishing walls, but the overall design and layout must be carefully considered before beginning work. Doors will have an enormous effect on how your extension appears; bi-folding and sliding are both available options; therefore, visiting home improvement stores and comparing features before making your choice would be beneficial.

Before embarking on a double-storey extension project, it’s wise to consult an architect or planning consultant to ensure your plans comply with all necessary approval criteria. It can speed up the process by decreasing the chances of changes to plans later.

Once you have decided on a design for your extension, you must apply for household planning permission from local councils. This process may take time, as they must approve your plans before construction. It would also be wise to research any regional policies that could potentially affect what design or materials can be chosen as they can influence what decisions need to be made about building projects.

The rules may differ slightly if you’re expanding into a conservation area. Here, it is necessary to obtain heritage approval to ensure that your extension matches up with surrounding buildings. Although this can take more time and effort, it will keep your house harmonious with its neighbours.

Consider including an en-suite bathroom or additional shower room when planning to extend your home; this will make the space more usable and increase its value when selling off.

When selecting a builder for your two-storey extension project, they must possess sufficient experience. Before hiring anyone, be sure to confirm they have relevant qualifications and ask to see examples of their past work. Furthermore, ensure they carry liability insurance that can protect you in case any damages or injuries occur during construction.

Single storey extensions

Many homeowners might assume that if they have the budget, a double-storey extension is always necessary or desirable; however, depending on your property layout, style and architectural surroundings, single-storey extensions can often look just as stunning (and be more cost-effective) than their larger counterparts.

Single-storey extensions are an ideal way to increase living space and add value to your property while adding to its aesthetic appeal. Best of all, most single-storey extensions don’t need planning approval as most are considered permissive developments – allowing them to be constructed up to specific sizes without incurring costs such as planning permission fees if they meet certain criteria such as not going beyond half the width of the original property, height exceeding roof peak height and lacking any balconies or raised platforms.

Ensure that you give neighbours adequate notice about any upcoming building work to prevent objections or complaints, and also, arrange for a risk analysis and health and safety briefing before beginning construction works.

As with any house extension project, creating a wish list of must-haves and nice to-haves for your new living space can help ensure you stick within budget while adding maximum value to your home. A budget should also be set aside for furniture and luxury accessories as this area can often cause overspending.

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