So, it’s settled, you want to keep your address and extend. What is the best way to approach siting an extension?
Pre-planning your dream
All major projects begin with planning. How much will the design cost? How much will the build cost? Will you need to move out, and if so, for how long? For most projects building permits will be required. This will all be project managed via our director, Nick.
Howse Constructions can offer advice on all of the above and provide you with some solutions for your extension. We can help you consider what kind of extension you want.
Designing your dream
Once we have all the nuts and bolts sorted out, we will need to meet with a draftsman or architect to get plans properly drawn up. Architects are usually a lot more expensive than draftsman, so take that into account. After this, the creative process can begin.
Be willing to compromise your designs if they are impractical for any reason; the draftsmen will do their best to find a viable solution to meet your wishes, within the practicalities of the site, the climate and the building materials.
Building the dream
Way back in the planning stages you will have had some idea of budget – now it really starts to get serious. Building is subject to all kinds of difficulties, too, so even the best builders can be slowed down by weather, materials shortage, even illness. Just be sure you have allowed for any delays back in the planning stage, especially if you are staying off-site for the duration of the build.
Finishing the dream
When the building is done, it’s up to you to make the extension livable, along with the rest of the house. We can organise a meeting with our Interior Design partner to enhance the interiors, (sometimes including the exterior), of your space or building, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for you.
So relax and enjoy – it’s time to make your new, larger house a home. Just don’t forget to update your home and contents insurance to reflect the new value of your extended home. It’s a perfect time to re-evaluate your policy by comparing home and contents insurance providers and ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
When a choice has to be made as to which side of the house is best to extend, the roof line and ground contour is the major structural consideration.
Renovating your home is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, so it’s important to consider both the pros and cons of renovation.
Reasons to renovate or extend your home include:
- adding value before selling
- renewing the look of your home
- expanding family that needs more space
- improved quality of living
- save time and money by renovating rather than relocating
- adding features such as extra bedrooms, bathrooms, a deck or second living space