5 Things To Consider Before You Start A Home Extension

Committing to a home extension is an exciting yet overwhelming step for any homeowner.

If you’ve decided you want to carry out a house extension, you likely have a lot of questions on your mind.

There are numerous factors to consider before you start a home extension. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Your budget
  2. Your requirements 
  3. Finding the right design and build firm
  4. Speaking to your neighbours
  5. Timelines

1. Your Budget

The first thing to consider before you start a home extension is your budget.

Ask yourself how much you can realistically afford to spend on your home extension project.

When setting a budget, you’ll also need to factor in a budget buffer to account for any unexpected costs.

How Much Does A Home Extension Cost In The UK?

Home extension costs in the UK vary, so the answer to this question depends on the project itself.

According to Checkatrade, the cost of an extension can range from £8.5k – £20k for a garage conversion to £100k – £160k for a basement extension, with some projects rising above this. 

Many things can drive up costs alongside the extension, such as lighting, flooring, and more.

2. Your Requirements 

A key consideration before you start a home extension is your requirements.

Write down your requirements and how you envision your concept. Remember, the bigger you go will impact the price of the overall build and whether you can keep it within permitted development.

Also, consider why you’re extending. You might want an extension to increase the value of your home before you sell, especially when you consider that a home extension can add up to 25% of the value of your property.

On the other hand, it might be to increase the space you have because you want your house to be your forever home.

Letting your chosen designer know your requirements and why you’re extending will influence the overall build, from the materials you use all the way down to the interior storage solutions you decide on.

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According to Checkatrade, the cost of an extension can range from £8.5k - £20k for a garage conversion to £100k - £160k for a basement extension, with some projects rising above this.

 

3. Finding The Right Design And Build Firm

The next thing to consider before you start a home renovation project is finding the right design and build firm. 

A design and build firm will be able to check project viability and the feasibility of turning your dream concept into a reality.

Finding the right design and build firm can be the difference between a stressful home extension project and a seamless one, so it’s important to do your research and opt for an experienced company.

If you’re undertaking a home extension project, Rose Line Premier are on hand to help.

From single-storey extensions to multi-storey builds, our team have over 20 years of experience and the expertise to manage the entire construction project from start to finish.

Visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team to discuss your home extension today. 

 

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A home extension can add up to 25% of the value of your property.

4. Speaking To Your Neighbours

While this might sound like an obvious one, it’s absolutely crucial to speak to your neighbours before you start a home extension project.

It’s important that your neighbours are happy with your proposal, as this will make the whole process smoother from start to finish.

Depending on the construction you’re carrying out, you might be required to give notice to your neighbour(s) in writing under The Party Wall Act later down the line.

That said, a conversation in the first instance will go a long way.

5. Timeframes

Lastly, timeframes are something to consider before you start a home extension project, especially if you’re planning to sell soon after your extension is complete.

Although home extensions can cause significantly less disruption than an entire refurbishment project, there are many steps to an extension that can impact timeframes.

These steps include preparation, design, and planning permission.

How Long Do House Extensions Take?

How long a house extension project takes depends on the size and scope of your project. 

From conception to construction, house extensions can take between 7 and 15 months.

That said, delays can occur for a number of reasons, so you will need to factor the potential for delays into your timeframe.

Finding the right design and build firm can be the difference between a stressful home extension project and a seamless one, so it’s important to do your research.

How We Can Help

Our team at Rose Line Premier has over 20 years of experience designing and building stunning properties. We believe every project is unique and pride ourselves on prioritising and understanding your needs and overall vision.

Contact us today to discuss an upcoming architectural design or construction project at enquiries@roselinepremier.com or on 02079987679.

Written by Jemima for Rose Line Premier.



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