Things to Consider When Planning an Extension

Building an extension onto your property is one of the most popular ways to add extra space to a home. Many homeowners plan an extension when their family is outgrowing their current home or they are simply looking for a way to extend a kitchen or living room. Extensions can be added to a home in a number of different ways and if you’re planning to add an extension there’s a lot to consider. From planning permission and legal fees through to the design and size of your new extension, building an extension gives you a large amount of decisions to make, not just in regards to style and size, but also the logistical side of things.

  • Pick Experienced Builders or Contractors

Having an extension built isn’t an easy job and it should never be a case of finding a cheap builder or contractor with a little bit of background in home renovations. Instead, it’s important to pick an experienced builder or contractor that has a lot of experience in Essex extensions specifically. Not only with these ensure you’re left with a high quality end result, but you’ll also have an expert on hand to help with any questions or queries. After all, professional insight goes a long way.

We asked Robert McHardy of RCM & Co what to look for when choosing a contractor. He tells us “Picking a company that specialises in a specific area will ensure they are very efficient and give you a high standard of work. RCM & Co have specialists in many different areas allowing us to take on entire projects from start to finish with outstanding results”

  • Renovations Can Be Expensive, Gather Multiple Quotes

When you’re looking at quotes and finding contractors, shop around. Different builders will have different costs and you don’t want to be left paying more than you should. However, bare in mind that cheaper doesn’t always mean better and it’s important to consider workmanship and experience.

  • Ensure You Have Planning Permission

A lot of people assume that adding an extension to their home is a straightforward process and sometimes it is. However, you do need planning permission and this is true even if you own your house. Before any work begins make sure you have planning permission and then ensure the extension stays within these parameters. Planning permission isn’t usually too difficult to obtain, but building without it can cause major problems in the future.

  • Find Inspiration By Researching Other Extensions

With so many different types of extension available it can be difficult to know what to choose, especially as you’ll need to consider size, style, materials and design. Look at other extensions and carry out research, this will provide the inspiration you need.

As you can see, when you’re planning an extension there are a few things to consider. However, these are all centredaround making sure you are left with the perfect extension and that everything goes according to plan.