Are you thinking of expanding your family tree so you are in urgent need of an additional room? Or perhaps you wish to create a complementary space to practice some of your favourite hobbies?
Whatever the reason, it is important to realize that, contrary to popular belief, home extensions can be easily managed alone, without hiring professional help. Of course, every beginning is challenging and this kind of venture could seem a bit tricky.
This is exactly why we have prepared a simple guide to help you in creating an ample space in your home:
Before you start with your building venture the first thing you need to consider is all the legal regulations. Depending on the country or the city you live in, these regulations can quite vary. In certain states it is necessary to acquire certain documents before you start with your construction. This is why it is important to check with your local authorities about needing possible warranties, building regulations, building controls or even perhaps applying for a local authority grant whose goal is to assist people with low incomes in their projects.
Consider Your Budget
Another thing that you should consider prior to beginning construction is, of course, your overall finances. Extensions, even if done all by yourself, certainly do not come cheap. Because of this, it is important to make a detailed plan, list all of the materials you need and compare whether the final budget matches your available funds. Also, it is not a smart idea to start an extension without carefully planning the complete project and including the complete costs, as it could actually make you lose money in the process. The aspects you need to consider are definitely the costs of materials, the quality of your construction and the amount of time you will spend on the extension and whether it will pay off in the long run.
Use of Space
The next thing you need to think about is how much space you actually have available for your project, and also what are you going to use that space for. This is important for a number of reasons, but especially because certain extensions require installing new structural elements. If your goal is to add another floor for example, you will need to consider new load bearing walls, changes in your foundation and steel connections between the floors. But not only this, building an additional room will require installing fixtures, flooring, wall coverings and the overall furnishing of the place, which is also a reason to thoroughly plan your budget.
One of the most important aspects of a home extension is to carefully check all of your home installations and make sure that they have the capacity to sustain an extension like the one you are planning. This is especially important when it comes to the heating system. This means checking whether your system is large enough to sustain an extension or if you need to install a completely new one. This is also important when it comes to the wiring and plumbing in the house, as some of these installations might need to be replaced. These kinds of projects can be handled alone, but there is always an option of seeking an advice from professional extension builders if you get stuck.
In the end, what many people are likely to forget is the overall safety. When making an extension, always make sure to secure the additional space by placing fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Also, it is a good idea to enable a fire escape plan. These safety regulations are not only important for securing your home and your family, but are also required by the law.
Home extension projects might seem challenging, but they are quite easily manageable. Do not let someone discourage you from extending your home and creating more space for you and your family. Just make sure to gather all the needed information and to make detailed plans before starting a project like this one.
A student of architecture from Sydney. She writes regularly about home improvement and likes to read about sustainable architecture and design. In her free time, Lana loves cycling and spending time outdoors.