Home additions, when done right, can be pleasing and functional additions. Many opt for home additions to add more value to their home or just get more space for the family. However, just like any other project in the world, it is wise to count the cost before diving into it. Many have started home additions without planning it out completely and they have failed or ended up with horrible result.
So to help you out with your next endeavor, here are certain important things that you need to consider before implementing a home extension project:
1. Get the Objective Clear
Before starting with home additions, ensure that you are clear about what you are going to do and why you will be doing it. Often, home additions are not needed and the home can become more spacious with just a little bit of planning of interior décor. If home additions are absolutely necessary, then just think about for whom you are doing it and what design would be most appropriate for them. For example, if the home extension is for kids then add more fun and zing to the design, whereas for the elderly a more cozy and relaxed design that is accident proof is needed.
2. Finalize on The Design
While considering the design, you will also need to think about the availability of space that you want to extend. Is it wise to extend sideways or does an upward extension makes more sense? Along with this, you will also need to consider the budget and see if the home extension design and plan fits well within your budget or not. There are other such important factors that come into picture such as should the home extension design match with the existing design of the home or can more sunlight come into the home extension. Considering these factors will help you get the best design for your home additions plans.
3. Planning Permission & Building Regulations
Check with your local building department to make sure your home extension meets set building regulations. If it meets the material requirements and other regulations, then go ahead and apply for your building permit. Be sure to include the costs of acquiring one in your budget before even planning it.
4. Inconvenience to Neighbors as Well as Yourself
While planning your home extension project, make sure to create a timeline of the different phases in the project. This will help you see if the project overlaps any holidays or family events and if any inconvenience will be caused to you or not. Sometimes, the home extension project may need you to move out for some time. So, think about the moving out arrangements for your family.
Additionally, the home extension may cause inconvenience to your neighbor so think about them as well. If you need any permission from your neighbor’s get them well in advance or inform them of the home additions project so that they are prepared for it.
5. Do I Need an Architect or Builder?
The complexity of your home additions design will help you determine if you need an architect or a builder or not. If the design demands for anyone of both of them then search for the right one that you can rely on for high quality work as well as to do things within your budget. Ask around for recommendations and your family and friends can help you with this.
Consider these factors well in advance in planning stage of your home additions project. Doing so will ensure that you accomplish the project smoothly without any hindrance or problems!