Do you and your family feel like you’re living in each others’ pockets?
Do you have to make visitors sleep on a blow up bed in the dining room?
Are you a growing family in need of another bedroom, living area, an office space or simply somewhere to put excess furniture and storage?
If so, getting a house extension is a great way to increase the living space in your house and to enhance the comfort of you and your family members. Before extending your home, it is mandatory to be aware of all the aspects of house extensions, not only in order to ensure that everything will go as planned, but also to avoid surprises that might come with pretty high costs. Apart from this, extensions can be very rewarding.
These are the main five benefits of house extensions:
1. They are cost-efficient
Building a new, bigger house from scratch is highly expensive and requires extended knowledge in the field, as well as substantial financial resources. Moving also involves many costs such as estate agents commissions and fees, temporary accommodation, redecorating and paying a company to transport everything you own. House extensions involve much less money and upheaval.
2. They can save you lots of time
If your priorities have changed lately and you need extra room, a house extension will spare you of all that time-wasting energy of moving out. Packing up all of your belongings and reorganizing them in a new place is very stressful and time-consuming, especially for busy people – not to mention everything that goes with relocating; new jobs, schools, changing post details, getting used to a new area, different neighbours, etc.
House extensions allow you to take advantage of extended space without interfering with your regular schedule. Also, they are built much quicker than new structures that require extra walls, electrical lines and plumbing.
3. They allow you to transform your home into the home of your dreams
Everyone dreams of their ideal home. House extensions can get you as close to your goal as possible without moving from the comfort of your current home, which might be a place you treasure dearly due to many pleasant memories.
An extension allows you to express your creativity and to take your property to the next level, without altering its charm. This works great for families who can’t afford to have two houses and wouldn’t want to let go of the place where the children grew up.
4. They are not intrusive
Many people refrain from engaging in any renovation because they dislike having strangers in their most private space. House extensions don’t really invade your privacy. The workers don’t have to enter the house often during construction as most of the extension work will take place outside the current living space.
5. They boost the price of your property
Basically, any work done on your home will increase its value on the market. Whether we are talking about minor or major house extensions, each can significantly contribute to getting a better price for it when you will decide that it is time to move on and move out. If interested in specifically how much value an extension will add, speak to a local estate agents about valuing your property with the extension in mind, as most agents will do this free of charge.
In the UK, you will need a planning permission for most extensions as they will add extra external space. There are different exceptions in England and Wales, so make sure you get familiar with the rules in your area. You can find out more by visiting the UK’s Governement website, https://www.gov.uk/browse/housing-local-services/planning-permission.
Also, check with the planning department of the local council or with a local expert too as there could be local rules that apply to your property. Listed buildings require listed building consent as well. There are very strict rules here, so don’t even think of altering the building without obtaining official consent first.
Building Regulations are also important as they refer to elements that make a building safe for its occupiers. Therefore, it is compulsory to satisfy all the requirements in terms of aspects such as foundations, ventilation, fire safety, electrics, roofs, drainage or external walls in order to stay out of trouble.
Speak to a member of our team at EssexRooms, who can advise you or put you in touch with an official regarding all of the above rules and regulations.