One of the most popular ways to add more space and value to your home is through a building extension. While the prospect of extending your home is an exciting one, many people do not know where to start. There is a lot to consider before taking the leap and extending your property. Jeremy Blake, a project manager at www.loftconversions-oxford.co.uk top things you need to consider when starting you building extensions.
Will your plans add value?
You building extension is the same as any other big project you want to undertake. You need to make sure that the idea that you have makes sense before you simply jump in. Unless you have millions to throw around, it may be worth chatting to a local real estate professional to get their opinion on your extension. The last thing you will want to do is over capitalize on your property. A professional will also be able to tell you exactly how much additional value you extension will add to your property.
The last thing you want happening is you building extension getting shut down right in the middle of the project because you did not get the relevant planning permissions ahead of time. You need to make sure that you comply with local laws at all time and therefore it is a good idea to ask for a little help from a profession draftsperson. If all else fails why no pop downs to your local town planning offices to ask if anyone could offer you advice.
Regardless of whether or not planning permission is required, any renovation project must comply with building regulations. You’ll need to ensure whoever carries out the work can either self-certify the work they do. Check with the relevant oversight bodies to make sure that the people you have hired are certified to do the work you are paying them to do.
Finding an architect
Depending on the scale of the project, you may wish to involve an architect. While there are no laws which state that you should hire a professional, doing this is always a good idea. Enlisting the services of an architect generally means you end up with a better result. Just remember that you will need to factor in the costs of hiring a professional.
Choosing a builder
The key to completing a successful extension is the professional you have chosen. When looking for a builder get a feel for the service they have offered others by reading through online reviews. Alternatively, you could always ask a trusted friend or family member to recommend someone they have used. If you are opting to do this, be sure to pop around to your friend’s house to have a look at the workmanship of the builder they used.
As with any service, it’s always a good idea to shop around. It is highly recommended that you get at least three quotes for services. You then need to sit down and compare the quotes item by items. Make sure you always pick the builder that gives you the most value for your money.