How To Plan A Home Extension
An extension is a big commitment. It’s not something you take lightly or rush into. Planning is key to a successful project, but if you aren’t in the construction trade, it may not be obvious how to plan it. The road to building an extension can sometimes feel like a minefield. With time limits, regulations, and unexpected costs, it’s never simple. But we’re here to make the process a bit easier. As expert providers of home extensions in Guildford read our tips and tricks.
Meet the regulations
These are the main hurdles that you have to overcome. They’re sadly never a fun part. You must make sure that your plans are in line with the planning permissions, this is especially important as every project is different. Some projects do not require planning permission as the size and scope of the project falls into the permitted development category. This means that they do not require planning permission for their project, provided it matches the restrictions and its built under a certificate of lawfulness. Try to use a construction company that works in Guildford and its surrounding areas, as they will be able to understand local planning constraints, having worked on similar projects before.
Financing a big venture like this isn’t easy. Depending on how drastic the change, the cost can vary greatly. If it is a small cost to you, a personal loan may be the best way to raise the funds, but a larger project may even require you to remortgage your home. Make sure you take into consideration an extra lump sum of at least 10% extra for contingency. Depending on the amount of changes you want, the cost can vary dramatically. There are a variety of factors that can cause costings to fluctuate; however, this is usually due to finishes such as flooring, sanitaryware, kitchens, and appliances. Generally, you are looking at approximately £2,000-£2,400 per m2 within Surrey and North Hampshire.
The right size for you
Home extensions in Guildford vary greatly depending on the house’s capacity, client’s budget, and planning constraints. Single and double storey extensions are a popular choice when undertaking home renovations; however, Central Guildford is full to the brim with town houses that have limited garden space to expand. These types of home require a different construction method such as basement and loft conversions. Larger more spacious homes with bigger gardens can expand into this space rather than up or down. The options are limitless, but the final decision needs to be right for you. Cost is obviously a huge part of how big your extension is, but you also need to consider the use of space and purpose of the extension. If you only need the space of one room, there’s no point in building a 2 story extension; whereas, if you need lots of space, you need to make sure that your budget includes a portion for unforeseen extra costs.
Find the whole team
Finding the right team to build your home extension is key. We know that there are several stages to any build, but bringing the whole team together early in the design process can speed up the build. Having a project manager can also help make sure that any external plumbers and electricians can see their tasks from the beginning and allow them to be more efficient.
If you’re looking for a team to build your extension or larger project, get in touch with our experts today. As top providers of home extensions in Guildford , our team is experienced in working with a range of designs and ideas. Call us today on 01252 338 801 or drop us an email at email@example.com and let us create your dream home.