Kirk-Brown Ltd

Independent Chartered Building and Property Surveyors

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Building An Extension Where To Start

There are many benefits to adding an extension to your home, and there are many reasons that homeowners decide to add more space to their home. 

Maybe your family is growing, or you want to increase the eventual resale value of your home. Maybe you want to add a very specific type of room to your home for your work or hobbies. Adding an extension to your home is a worthwhile investment, but it's important to plan ahead. Here's where to start when building an extension for your home. 

The main thing to consider when building your extension is the return on investment that you will get. It's important that you see the value provided from the amount of money you are spending.

You might see your ROI in improved resale value, but ROI for home extensions can also be just the convenience and happiness you get out of living in a home with an extension. Therefore, you'll need to determine what makes the most sense when it comes to choosing an extension design.

There are many design functions you will need to make decisions about before you can proceed with your extension project. For example, many people find it's more efficient to build a two-storey extension as opposed to a one-storey extension. You also should consider how it affects your yard and your parking situation. You should make sure that your drive is still very accessible, and you may need to add a garage to ensure that no one gets blocked in. 

 Working With Contractors

You'll also need to work with your contractors to determine a plan of action before you can start work on your extension. You will need to take care of scheduling matters beforehand to make sure you have an appropriate timetable, and you will also need to ensure that your contractors will have the access to the house that they need while working on the project. 

Your contractors can also help you figure out the building codes and laws in your area to determine what you can and can't build safely. 

Finally, you will need to determine how much your extension is going to cost. There are many factors that play into the cost of the extension; for example, what materials you will be using, the size of the extension, and if you will need any speciality services. It's helpful to budget for more than you think your extension should cost, just in case.

In the UK, costs for an extension average between £1,000 and 2,000 per square meter. The specific costs of the extension depend on the quality of materials and design you are using. Typically, the more detailed your design, the more expensive your extension will be.

Two storey extensions don't add much to the cost per square meter because they are fairly easy to build if you are already building a one storey extension. If you are on a budget, be sure to work with your contractor to determine what you should spend your money and what you should save.