Once you’ve decided to add an extension, we understand you’ll be ready to dive in and start the process. Before you do, there are five steps you’ll need to take first to ensure the entire building process is smooth sailing.
5 Things You Must Do Before Adding an Extension
As a homeowner, you’ve decided to add another one or even five rooms to your home. As much as you’d like to get the process started, following our five steps will help make everything much more enjoyable and stress-free.
1. Be clear about your reasons for choosing an extension
It sounds simple, but have you clarified the exact reasons why you would like to add an extension to your home? Is it to add living space, increase your indoor-outdoor flow or add another bedroom for a new baby? What are your plans for the future for your home?
2. Decide on the type of extension you want
Are you going to increase the footprint of your home by building outwards? If you are unable to do this due to space constraints, you could consider building an additional storey or even go downwards into a basement. While it is costlier to build upwards, it lets you still utilise your existing outdoor spaces.
3. Have your finances sorted
Unless you have the funds to pay in full, it is important to have the approval from your bank before the build begins. Many homeowners can extend their mortgage due to the rising equity they have in their property. This insures you are not left with an unfinished property due to a lack of funds. It also lets you and your builders know your budget too.
4. Consider the design
A period or historical home differs in appearance from a 1950’s bungalow. As such, both will require a different looking extension. Your extension will need to work well with your existing home, both in function and design. Chances are you will need to think about the cladding of your home too. If you can replace like with like, the extension will look seamless, but sometimes this is not possible. Your builder and designer will be able to suggest alternatives. Now is also the time to think about the location of your extension, factoring in views, sunlight and access to site.
5. Choose the right builders
When you add an extension, you are going to need to use a Licensed Building Practitioner. This is because it will involve working with the weather tightness of your home. An LBP will need to be involved right from the start when you begin the design process through till final handover. Pzazz builders are Licensed Building Practitioners and this means you can rest easy, knowing the job will be done to the highest standards.
Once you’ve worked through these five steps, it’s time for the fun to begin! We’re here to walk you through the entire process from start to finish. Give our team a call today and together we’ll build you the home extension of your dreams!