I Want An Extension, Where Do I Start?
As a company that designs and builds extensions, renovations, and new builds in the Surrey area, we know that extending your home is a popular way to add extra space and increase the value of your property especially within the current market state. We often hear the question “I want an extension where do I start?”, so to help you get started we’ve shared some of our top tips on what you’ll need to consider when planning a home improvement project.
The projects definition?
When it comes to your big project, the first key step of our design and build process is to outline the projects core requirements. Every home has form and function; therefore, the aim here is to consider both the style (form) of your property and interior and what is the purpose (function) of the space you are looking to create or extend going to be.
Preparation and brief?
Once we’ve established the definition, the next step is to develop the projects core objectives. Now with extensions in particular it is key to consider your overall budget so that extension design is feasible. The average extension within surrey and north Hampshire depending on its form costs between £1,500 and £2,000+ as stated online amongst many home renovation sites such as the link here.
This is the real fun part; all the architectural and interior design elements are covered here. With extensions particularly it is key to consider the flow your existing home, the feel of the space you are proposing, and your outline specification of the space itself whilst always resorting back the your project definition…..’Is the extension in keeping with my existing form and does it fulfil the function of the space in which I wish to truly use it in?
Developed and Technical Design
Lastly and prior to putting your project out to tender, is to obtain planning permission and building control approval. Most extensions require planning permission and approval from building control; however, before you submit your plans there are a few more tips to think about. Planning permission only consider the external facades, your proposed material, and the impact in which your extension is going to have on your surrounding neighbourhood and environment; therefore, don’t worry if the size of your bifold doors or roof lantern is too big as you can always reduce them onsite.