Home extensions increase the square footage of your property and its functionality and appeal. However, you must be cautious and calculative as you plan and execute your home extension project. Below is a piece with some insights on how to go about your home extension project

Design and Compliance 

You must consult with the authorities or your local building surveyor to establish the dos and don'ts as you extend your property. For example, the local council could prohibit vertical extensions. Moreover, the law could require you to underpin nearby structures if you plan to conduct excavation works close to their foundations. It helps prevent incidences of foundation shifting. Remember to inquire about the required permits and licences. Otherwise, the extension could be declared illegal in the future. 

Engaging a draftsperson or architect as you design the extension is always a wise idea. The general principle is that the addition should improve your property's appeal. For instance, it could complement the original architectural style or integrate new features that enhance the property design.  


How do you intend to use the extension? Remember, the extension should not be very apparent. Instead, it should seamlessly blend with the original structure. For instance, if you plan to use the extension as a kitchen, you may want to consider an open floor space. This way, you can extend your living area without making your interior seem mismatched. For example, you could add a dining table or an extra sofa. Moreover, think about how you can improve the functionality of the new space. For instance, if you intend to build a garage, you might want to consider an attic that serves as guest living quarters. Alternatively, you could include expansive storage spaces to help you declutter your home. 


What materials do you plan to use for your extension? Your material choice significantly affects the construction budget. Given that extensions are return-on-investment projects, you may want to avoid going overboard with your material choice. For instance, you could consider manual demolition to preserve bricks and concrete as you demolish walls adjacent to the extension. This way, you can recycle these materials at the site, preventing wastage and ensuring sustainability. You could also source fixtures such as sinks, toilet seats, tiles and trusses from demolition sites. It is a sure way to reduce your construction budget. 

When creating a home extension, check the building code, go for appealing designs, consider functionality and use recycled materials.