How to make your home extension work

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Extending your home can be a fantastic investment and the perfect way to add more space to your property. You could build a two-storey extension on the side of your home or extend the kitchen into the garden. There are plenty of options when it comes to extending your home. You just need to secure planning permission and find the funding. An extension could add value to your home so you can earn money back when you sell it.

Follow this quick guide to make your home extension work.

Planning

You need to plan your extension as thoroughly as possible. Think about the location of the extension, the purpose of the new space and how you will fund it. An architect can draw up some designs to make sure you are getting the most out of the space available. They will think about everything, from the layout to where the plug sockets should go.

Budget

Once you have a rough plan for the extension, you need to look at your finances. Ask around and get a few quotes for how much the extension will cost. You need to add an emergency fund on top of this quote in case anything goes wrong. Separate your budget into the different parts of the renovation process – from the construction to the decoration.

Materials

Choosing the materials for the project is a big step. You need to find high-quality materials that are within your budget. You can save money on some materials, like decorative items. However, you need to invest in high-quality roofing sheets to prevent water later down the line. You will save money in the long run by opting for high-quality construction materials.

Contractors

Ask your friends and family in the local area for contractor recommendations. They might have had a bad experience with one company and a great outcome with another. Research the companies they recommend and go with a trusted contractor for a high-quality extension. Watch out for hidden costs on the contract and set an agreed rate before work begins.

Integration

The extension should blend seamlessly with your home. The exterior and interior should integrate with the rest of your home, so it doesn’t look out of place. Make sure the interior design of your extension matches the style of the rest of your home. If the original property has a rustic style, do not build an ultra-modern extension that will stand out like a sore thumb. Try to replicate the appearance of the original property with similar materials and decorative features.

It’s time to create a new space in your home with an extension project.

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