Extending your house is one of the best ways to get more pleasure and use out of your home. This can also add more value to your property should you decide to sell it in the future. On the other hand, if you want to try and start with an extension project without any proper planning, design, construction and law knowledge, chances are it will go horribly wrong. But before you start, what are some of the things that you have to know to make the house extension project go as smoothly as possible.
Check the Building Regulations in Your Area
Even though you do not need any planning permission for your house extension, because you will use permitted development rights, you will need to get a building regulation approval. The building regulations are the ones that set out the requirements for the fire safety, structural integrity, damp proofing, energy efficiency, ventilation as well as other important aspects that will ensure that the building will stay safe.
Are You Living in a Conservation Area?
For those living in conservation areas, you might be subject to various development rights. Every local area has its very own policy for the conservation areas although the basis is to prevent character loss. It means that things such as changing the windows or roof needs to be approved first. An attic conversion might also require a planning permission in conservation areas.
Determine the Minimum Sizes
Although the legal minimum height of the ceiling has already been removed, there is still a practical height. The standard ceiling height is 2.4 meters and the practical minimum height is 2.1 meters. This is particularly worth thinking about with basement and attic conversions.
There are also minimum sizes of rooms to ensure that you will not divide up space to make your property look bigger than its actual size. The minimum size of the room will depend on the type of the room.
Avoid Through Rooms
Trying to figure out the most practical and efficient way to access the extension is among the hardest things that should be done if you are planning one. If you will sacrifice more than what you are gaining, it will be a pointless thing to do. For example, if you will need to cut up a bedroom to access another bedroom, it will just be a futile project.
Know the Difference Between a Quote and an Estimate
When you speak of an estimate, this is the guess of the contractor as to the possible cost of the work. This is not legally binding and it can even be exceeded by the final bill. On the other hand, the quotation is the definite price. When you decide on a builder, see to it that you get a written quote from a minimum of three contractors. These two are not the same so better be clear on what you have.
Do You Have an Extension Insurance?
The extension insurance is very important for you to have the peace of mind, not to mention that it can help in covering you for the things that might possibly go wrong.
Keep these things in mind for you to have a successful house extension project.