home extension

Everything you need to know about your home extension

Deciding that you want to extend your home is a really exciting feeling, but it can also feel a little daunting if you are new to home renovation.

You might be extending in order to increase the value of your property before selling, to change its appearance or extend to make room for your growing family

There is so much to consider when beginning a home renovation, so we have put it all in one place for you in 10 easy steps.

1. Costs and budgeting

Before you begin the renovation, it is vital that you draw up a detailed plan of your predicted costs, budgeting and search for any renovation finance options that can help you. Learn more.

Be as realistic about your own money and your budgets as possible. This will ensure that you get the best loan that is suited to your needs as well as avoiding your project going over budget.

If your long term goal is to increase the value of your property, then make sure that you consider home insurance.

2.  Planning permission

Whether or not you need planning permission on your property will depend on its regulations and what your extension plan is.

If your property is a listed building of any kind then you will not be able to develop it without planning permission and listed building consent.

You will also need planning permission is your property is:

  • On a World Heritage Site
  • In a National Park
  • In an area of Oustanding Natural Beauty

The planning permission in these areas can be more restricted and harder to obtain.

3. Timeline

A typical project plan will take around 7 months before building work is begun.

Project plans include surveys, planning processes, drawings and applying for planning permission, tendering a project, and hiring a contractor.

With this in mind, you can plan when you would like building work to start. The amount of time the renovation takes to be fully complete will depend on the size and complexity of the project itself.

4. Style and Design

When planning, think about the style, design and feel of your extension. You can seek advice from contractors regarding which materials are the highest-quality and most sustainable to use.

Interior designers can help plan out the decor of the renovation, so that you can fully visualise the new part of your home.

5. Sustainability

It is becoming more important than ever to live and build in a sustainable way, not only for the environment but to make your home more energy- and cost-efficient.

Undergoing a home extension can also be an opportunity to increase the sustainability of your whole home too, for example:

  • Adding double or triple glazed windows
  • Loft and wall cavity insulation
  • Upgrading your boilers and radiators for more efficient energy use
  • Renewable options like solar or wind

Your architect will definitely be able to advise you on the best strategies and materials to use for a more sustainable home, that keeps the heat in and the cold out.

Sustainable and renewable energy options used to be very expensive, but they are becoming more popular and affordable.

So, although there may be higher costs initially, it will save you money in the long-term as your home will be so much more energy efficient.

Read more about how to make your home more energy-efficient.

6. Telling your neighbours

A renovation will often mean either minor or major building work. Be courteous to your neighbours. Tell them that you are planning a renovation and ensure that you are not breaching on their light, land or comfort.

  1. Let them know of any renovation you are planning
  2. Do you share a wall?
  3. Consider their right to light and the height of your own ceilings
  4. Do they have fences or trees that need to be moved?
  5. Who owns the boundary fence, trees, hedge or wall?
  6. Will the building work or construction site significantly affect them?

If your neighbours object, due to restrictions of light or planning permission, they will have to submit what is called a material planning objection to your local authority.