The Benefits of House Extensions

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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.

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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 refrain2015-12-15_2205 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.0DU466L58G

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.

5 Interesting Reasons to Prove A Loft Conversion Is Not Expensive

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Most of us could do with a bit of extra space in our houses – another bedroom for when guests visit, an office, a playroom or just a decent storage room – but how many of us are actually using the existing space in our home to its full potential? With a loft conversion, you could gain that extra space you need.

While the initial cost may sound daunting, a loft conversion could increase your home’s value by up to 20% according to market research released by Nationwide in 2014.

Here are five reasons why a loft conversion is more affordable than you think.

  1. It’s cheaper than moving house

Yes, major home improvements may seem costly, but what’s the alternative? If you cannot manage with the rooms you’ve got, the only other option is moving to a bigger property. Moving house is an expensive business, with stamp duty, estate agent fees, surveys and removals costing nearly £12,000 on average in 2014 – and that’s before you take the deposit and increased mortgage payments into account. Loft conversions generally cost around £20-30,000 and a straightforward conversion can cost as little as £10,000, making it far cheaper than moving, and much less hassle too!

  1. It’s cheaper and less disruptive than extending out

So moving house is not an option financially – but what about a side extension? Extensions generally cost around 2015-12-15_2218£1000-1500 per square metre, meaning a modest single storey extension of 20 square metres would cost in the region of £20-30,000 before any fixtures and fittings are put in. This may seem similar to a loft conversion, but when you bear in mind that the average loft space is estimated to be around 35 square metres, you can see that a loft conversion is more cost effective for getting the space you need. Plus a loft conversion is far less disruptive to your property than a side extension, and usually much quicker too.

  1. You could avoid planning permission costs

Most loft conversions fall within Permitted Development (PD) rights, so do not need planning permission. If you are not making changes to the roof (apart from adding windows which follow the pitch angle of the roof) this will probably be allowed under PD. Dormers and hip to gable extensions are also usually allowed under PD too depending on their size and location. However, you should check with your local planning department to be on the safe side. The government’s Planning Portal has a useful guide to PD and loft conversions.

This all means that, not only can you save yourself the time and hassle of getting planning permission, you can save yourself money too. Submitting a planning application costs £172 in England, and if you need professional assistance in completing your application this could increase the costs to up to £1000. While it’s not a huge saving, it certainly helps when making home improvements!

  1. You can get involved

Depending on the type2015-12-15_2159 and size of your roof, loft conversions can be very straightforward – the structure is already there so your main concerns are the windows, plumbing and heating, and the staircase. This means that if you have the time and are good with your hands you could save yourself hundreds or even thousands of pounds in labour costs by doing some of the work yourself. However, make sure you are realistic about your abilities and seek the right guidance – if it goes wrong, you could end up paying more to fix it than it would have cost to get the professionals in originally!

  1. It could reduce household bills

If carried out properly using the right materials, a loft conversion could reduce your heating bills. The important thing is to fit the best insulation possible during the conversion to prevent heat escaping through the roof. Utilising natural light will keep additional electricity costs to a minimum, and while you’re doing the work you may want to consider adding solar panels or a wind turbine to the roof to further increase your home’s efficiency.
Major home improvement can seem expensive at first, but by using the space already available in your home with a loft conversion, you could boost its value and get the house you want and need – which in itself is priceless!