Things to Consider when Building an Extension
As an experienced company in the industry, the team at NBC Construction are all too used to questions asking about what things to consider when building an extension. There’s actually a whole host of things you need to think about during the whole process, but we believe the following three are the most pressing to consider before you begin.
What do you actually want to achieve from an extension: what function will it have, and what do you plan to use it for? Whether your extension will function as a kitchen, bedroom, entertainment area, or something else entirely will affect all sorts of concept designs. For example, bathrooms will require frosted windows, dining rooms may feature double sliding doors, and a bathroom would obviously need plumbing work. You can also start to think about more homely touches, including lighting and decor – both of which again are affected by what sort of room you plan to build.
When thinking about what to consider when building an extension, you can’t truly begin to plan an extension until you know what your limits are. The biggest limiting factors to take into account are time, money and space/planning permission.
Knowing how much money you have to play with allows you to set realistic goals for your project, rather than starting off with lofty dreams that end up unfinished because you ran out of funds or time. Researching what sort of size extension you will be allowed to construct will also prevent you from getting carried away, which can only serve to help the project overall. Ideally, you want your project to be complete and fully legal, which can only happen if you plan accordingly and stick to your limits.
Before beginning any kind of building work that may cause a disruption, it’s a good idea to inform your neighbours of your plans, if only for courtesy. Of course, if you share a wall with your neighbours then you will need a party wall agreement before you can actually begin any construction work on your extension. This is generally quite easy to obtain and any disputes can be solved without too much trouble too.