Planning and undertaking a home extension has always been desirable for homeowners. Careful planning, opening up and creating new space can, over the years, transform a home’s size and functionality. For example, adding an office extension means that at person can work from home. As well as involving a large amount of physical work, a new extension must be carefully planned, so that it improves rather than retract from the overall look and value of the property. This article looks at some important things to consider when planning a new home extension.
Plan for Better Access to the Extension
It is important for you to plan a practical and efficient method of accessing a new extension. There is no point in altering a good-sized bedroom so that you can access the extension, which turns out to be the same size as the original bedroom. This is an example of sacrificing some space and not really gaining anything extra.
Instead of creating an entrance in the middle of an existing room, try to plan the extension so that it can be accessed without carving up a room; this may mean building another small corridor or entrance that doesn’t involve making massive adjustments to an existing room.
Avoid Turning Rooms into Dumping Grounds
When a new extension is added, many people allow the room immediately before the extension to turn into a kind of place for dumping clutter. As the new extension is accessed by family members, the area immediately prior to the extension is a hot spot for clothing, toys and other household items to be left in before they access the extension.
When planning, ensure that the room that you access the extension from is designed so that doesn’t become an area for clutter. Avoid putting cabinets or other storage areas in this room; a few pieces of seating or a small sofa would be ideal.
Understand the Difference Between Estimate & Quotation
It is likely, at some point, that you will have to rely on the services of a professional for some parts of the extension; indeed, some parts, such as gas installation and some plumbing and electrical work, must be carried out by a professional. Don’t be misled by the use of the words ‘estimate’ and ‘quotation’. Here’s what they actually mean:
- Estimate—This is not legally binding, it is a best guess at a price. Even if you get an estimate in writing, it is not legally enforceable.
- Quotation—This is legally binding and is a much more accurate reflection of a tradesman’s price. In other words, this is a final and definite offer to carry out work at the given price. Can be enforced legally.
Adding the right extension—with due consideration given to the whole project—can increase the value of a property. Learn more about your options by consulting home renovation contractors.