Are you thinking of opening up that cramped kitchen? Adding on another bedroom? Creating an outdoor living space perfect for Sunday BBQs? Extending your house is an exciting adventure, and can really make your home feel complete. That’s why it’s important to get it right. Before you dive into creating a new space for yourself, slow down and plan ahead. Any renovations, big or small, can feel a little overwhelming and frustrating. Don’t worry, the whole process can be painless if you know what you are doing. On this blog, we are sharing tips to help you get the perfect extension for your home.
Have you consulted a designer or architect?
This might seem like an obvious step but you would be surprised how many projects are ruined by poor planning. An extension needs careful planning. For example, if you don’t have proper foundations your extension will end up costing you more.
You may already have your own ideas. A professional will be able to elevate your idea and come up with a practical design for you. They will also be able to flag any potential layout issues with your new space. You should always plan out your layout before building the space. Things like if you extended your kitchen but didn’t leave enough space for your fridge could easily be avoided with planning.
Does your extension match the rest of your home?
It can be tempting when extending your home to go all out on an ultra-modern design. No doubt it will look amazing, however, if the rest of your home is a little more traditional looking then your extension can look odd or out of place. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to this problem, but a good start is to consult a designer to come up with solutions. Your house could be due for a whole exterior makeover! Trade your weatherboards for rendered brick or vice versa.
Is everything up to code?
You might be itching to get started on your extension, but if you don’t slow down and make sure you have the right permits your project might end up costing you a pretty penny. It doesn’t matter if your project is big or small; always assume you need permission for it. Take a good look at building regulations and make sure you get the right permit for your extension. There can be a long wait time to get your project approved, which can be frustrating. Just remember that nothing good comes fast and easy, and cutting corners will only land you in trouble.
It’s also a good idea to inform your neighbours of any upcoming construction. Not only is it the polite thing to do, but they also have a right to know and you have a legal obligation to inform them. Especially if there is a potential issue of property lines or fences! You’re better off starting the discussion before construction starts and come to an agreement everybody is happy with.
How long will it take?
Between the noise, the mess and builders coming and going, getting an extension can be quite disruptive to your daily routine. So, before you construction starts get a reasonable estimate of how long it will take so you can plan around it. If your extension is in a tricky area you may even need to stay somewhere else until construction is complete. This is rarely the case, however, you don’t want to be caught couch surfing with friends or rushing to find a hotel because you haven’t planned ahead. Also, if a plausible deadline is set then builders and contractors won’t rush the job.
Have you gotten a few quotes?
Finding the right service your home and your budget can feel like a daunting task. It is always worth taking the time to call around and a range of quotes for you to compare. If you run with the first contractor you find you may not be getting the best service for you. This is for every service. Just think of your self as the project manager for your new home. It may seem like a big task at first, however, it’s the price you pay for perfection. By the end, when you step into your perfect new bedroom or outdoor living area, it will feel worth it. Remember, always ask for references and check them.
A sturdy, long-lasting extension needs a good foundation. Your friendly concrete experts at Prestige Concrete Services, provide concrete slabs that are essential for extensions along with a wide range of residential services. Get in touch by calling 0411 440 157 for more information or a quote today.