How To Plan An Extension

House prices are on the rise once again – great news if you’re already on the property ladder. While this is excellent for anyone thinking about selling their home, it’s also a boon for those thinking about an extension. In recent years you might have been put off extending your home due to concerns about not getting the money back when it comes to selling, but now the future is looking rosier. As we pull away from several years of recession, you might find it is becoming easier to finance your dreams of more space in your current home, too.

But where do you start?

There’s no doubt about it, planning an extension is exciting, allowing you to create your new space exactly as you want/need to  – but it can also be a difficult and stressful experience if managed incorrectly. Follow some of our list of hints and tips to help get you moving in the right direction.

1. Consult the experts

Builders might be exceptional at the practicalities but their eye for design isn’t what they’re qualified in. So enlist the help of professionals such as architects at the outset, and interior designers (like us) too. This will help you ensure your space isn’t just built right, it’s built to meet your exact needs – the ideal solution for you and your family. This can help you save costs in the long run, as you get it right first time, and professionals can also help you with inspirational, out-of-the-box thinking.

2.  Talk it through

Talk to professionals, your family, others in your position and determine what works best. If your other half has different ideas to you at the outset of the project, you might be in for a bumpy ride as one or both of you is disappointed with the result.

3. Get down to the details

This means considering everything from the kitchen doors to the location of plug sockets from the outset. It gives your builder the opportunity to include them in the price so you’re not landed with extra charges as the build goes on. It also allows you to source and plan for these items so you can include them in your budget. There’s nothing more disappointing than having to compromise on perfection because you’ve not set aside enough cash for your pot.

4.  Use tried and tested building professionals

Read reviews and ask for recommendations when it comes to using any building professional. We’ve all seen the cowboy building programmes on TV. Don’t let a cheap quote and no references sway you in the wrong direction.