5 things to consider before starting your house extension

Are you thinking about completing a home renovation? Perhaps you want to extend out the kitchen or maybe you want a larger living area. Perhaps you’re being even more ambitious and are keen to build out the first floor of your home with a brand new spare room. If you are going to do this then there are a few things that you should consider first.


Is Planning Permission Necessary?


You may find that you need planning permission to build an extension on your home. In some cases, this will not be necessary at all. For instance, you can add 8 metres onto the back of a detached property that is a single storey without the need of planning. However, if an extension covers more than fifty percent of the garden then you will need to get permission before you start to build. Any extension without planning permission must also use the same materials as the current property.

As well as planning permission, you will also need to consider building regulations. Even without planning consent you must comply with building regulations, providing either a full plan submission or a building notice.


Consider The Total Budget


You do need to consider how much it is going to cost to build your extension. Various factors will impact this including size, location and general specifications. For a typical extension you could be looking at anywhere between one and two thousand per square metre. An extension that reaches the highest quality standards could exceed two thousand.

Some extensions will be cheaper such as a two-storey extension. This is due to the fact that you are really only adding floor and wall joists.


Finding The Right Designer


Before you find a builder in birmingham, you must find the right designer for the new extension on your property. To do this, you need to complete research and find the right fit. You might wish to create the designs yourself but you will still need a structural engineer to complete plans for building regulations.

Once you have found the designer, you can then look for your builder. Finding a licensed builder is an essential as this will provide you with legal cover. Make sure that you do talk to previous clients of builders to ensure that you will be getting the level of quality that you expect.


Is There Access?


When you are extending, it’s important to be aware that there is going to be a lot of heavy-duty equipment and workers on your property. You need to make sure that your home is accessible. Remember, to provide fresh access points of a B road you do need additional planning permission. Many roads in the suburbs will match this category.


Keeping Disruption Levels Under Control


Finally, you need to make sure that the site is safe and disruption is minimal. Make sure that rooms being worked on are sealed off and that welfare facilities are provided for workers. This could include toilets and rest areas.


We hope this helps you understand some of the many considerations that must be taken into account before extending and if

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