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Things To Consider When Planning a House Extension

Things To Consider When Planning a House Extension

Are you looking to add more living space to your home? Perhaps you need an extra bedroom to accommodate a growing family? Considering a House Extension?

You may have considered moving house, however with the added costs of stamp duty, legal fees and moving costs, considering a House Extension may be a better answer. Home Extensions not only provide you with the extra room you need, they can also add significant value to your home. 

Below we have a beginners guide of things to consider when planning your home extension. 

1. How much will a House Extension cost? 

House Extension costs can vary greatly depending on what you are looking to achieve (your design brief). As a rough guide, house extensions cost between £1,000 and £2,000 per square meter. It is worth considering that this is for a plaster finished room and does not include the costs for items such as flooring, fitted kitchens or bathrooms. A two storey extension will not cost a substantial amount more per square meter as you are already paying for many of the essential parts such as foundations. 

It is also important to think about how you will finance your extension. Do you have savings? If not there are lots of options to research, you could remortgage your home, apply for a loan or for a small extension a 0% interest credit card could work. 

2. Will your house extension need planning permission ? 

Depending on size, you may or may not require local planning permission. In fact, in some cases your house extension can fall under ‘permitted development’ and not require planning permission at all, providing it meets certain criteria. It should be noted that if your home is within a conservation area you will more than likely be subject to reduced permitted development rights. 

Learn about the criteria on the Gov.uk website. You can also informally contact your local planning office to discuss your ideas and find out if it will require planning permission. 

3. Let your insurer know 

Be sure to inform your insurance company that you are adding an extension to your home. Some insurers will not cover your home whilst the works are taking place, however many do offer specialist home extensions insurance which is worth considering. 

4. How to find the right builder? 

A good starting point is to ask for recommendations from friends and family. Working with an established local architect like us means we also have lots of contacts for reliable local builders, and can even project manage the extension for your convenience. It is important that you like and get along with your builder as you could be working together for sometime. 

Whilst researching builders you should ask them if they can provide a warranty. If any structural defects or faulty workmanship become apparent, you will only have recourse if a warranty was provided before work commenced. This may also focus the builder’s mind on doing a good job. 

5. Should I hire an Architect ? 

We would strongly advise hiring an Architect. As well as ensuring you get the best design and make the most of your home extension, architects ensure that it is safe. They have a wealth of invaluable knowledge and will be able to help you with planning permission and building regulations, making the home extension process much more stress free. Local Architects will be able to give you more accurate extension costs and be able to point you in the direction of recommended builders and tradesmen. 

Hungerford Design are experienced home extension Architects in Berkshire. If you are planning an extension to your home get in touch with us to discuss your project.

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