Planning an Extension for Your Home?

Thinking about expanding the size of your home? Whether it’s a side or rear, garage, or a single or double storey extension, it can be a great way to add more living space to your home whilst saving you the hassle of having to move. You’ll also increase in value of your property. A loft conversion will add up to a 20% increase in value, while a bathroom will add an extra 5%. The additional living space is also a welcome benefit, especially if you are looking to expand your family, add an office space, or a conservatory.

If you’re planning on adding an extension to a house, here are some things to keep in mind that could make the process easier.

What You Need to Know Before Adding an Extension to a House

One of the concerns people tend to have when thinking about an extension to their house is whether or not they’ll need planning permission to proceed. Finding out about your permitted development rights will give you a clear idea of where you can develop without needing to get permission. For example, unless your extension is going to extend to more more than half the area of land around the home, you are allowed to build upon it without the need for planning permission. It’s also useful to know that the ridge height of an extension must not being higher than the original property, and if the rear wall is to be extended on a single or double storey property, there is a cap of 8m and 3m respectively.

It’s a good idea to contact your home insurance provider, to make them aware of the building you plan to do. They can then calculate any risks involved, evaluate the rebuild costs and see whether your policy covers the extension. Your neighbours will value being told about a planned build early on in the process, even if you don’t require planning permission to go ahead. Finally, you’ll need to ensure that your planned build is compliant with building regulations, and that those carrying out the work on your home are accredited professionals.

How to Choose the Right Contractor for Your Home Extension

Choosing the right contractor can make or break a successful home renovation project. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right contractor for your build? Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make sure they are bonded, licensed and insured. A contractor with a license demonstrates their knowledge and credibility. Make sure a contract is drawn up outlining the cost, work intended, building materials, drawings and start/finish dates.
  • Get quotes from different companies. Having quotes from a handful of companies will allow you to deduce the best option for your build. Make sure each quote contains the same tasks and materials, and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
  • Choose a contractor who specialises in your project. finding a contractor who has carried out multiple home extensions, or more specifically specialises in extensions will save you from hiring potentially inexperienced builders and prevent mishaps.

My Build My Way Makes Adding An Extension Simple

My Build My Way acts as an introductory service for clients who need construction work doing. We put them in touch with verified builders who they can trust. We only work with Trustmark approved building companies, who have been through our tough vetting process. This eliminates the possibility of cowboy builders being hired for your project, ensuring you get the most professional work available.

If you have your plans and you’re ready to begin, we’ll make sure you get the right builder at the right price while ensuring high-quality workmanship. Once you’ve found the right contractor for your project, using our 8 stage process, we’re able to quality check each stage.

Need My Build My Way to help you find a contractor for your home extension? Give us a call on 0800 2465453 or message us online.