Everything You Need to Know About House Extensions

With a slowing housing market, the decision to remain in a home and extend is becoming an increasingly popular and valuable investment homeowners can make to their property.

To avoid unnecessary and costly fees, it is important that you thoroughly plan your home extension to your needs, and carefully consider the costs of such an investment.

We discuss below the key things you should consider before extending your home.


Decide on Your Budget

A home extension can be an extremely costly addition to a house, but if done correctly can also add significant value to the property and prove to be a sound investment.

Ensure that you have the sufficient funding to extend your home, and budget how much you are willing to spend before you begin planning in order to avoid spending more than you can afford. Make note of all additional expenses you may need to consider – architect fees, builders fee, planning permission etc.


Design and Planning

Think about the design of your extension – do you want something contemporary and ultra modern? Or an extension that seamlessly blends with the rest of your home? Discuss your ideas with your architect and be precise. At AKB Loft Conversions, our professional architects value your needs and aim to meet them in a way you are happy with.

You should also consider the reason you are looking to increase the space in your home, be it to add in another bedroom, or to increase the space in your kitchen or living room. Loft extensions are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners, with an additional bedroom increasing a home’s value up to 15-20%. However, if you are looking to extend the general living space your home has, you may consider a conservatory extension, and decide whether you will want to extend your property from the side or rear.

It would also be advisable to research which type of extension will add the most value to your property – the buyers in your area may favour a particular type of development.


Are You in a Conservation Area?

Before moving forward with any extension plans, check if you currently live in a Conservation area. These areas aim to maintain the character of the surrounding buildings, so your permitted development rights could be limited and may require planning permission for alterations to your home.


Do You Need Planning Permission?

For some extensions, such as conservatories or loft conversions, you may not need to obtain planning permission.

However, it is advisable to check the regulations that apply to your local area before you make any definite plans to extend.


How Long Do You Have After Planning Permission is Approved?

Generally speaking, you have up to 3 years after planning permission is granted to begin building. It is advisable to check the details of your planning permission specifically, however.


Building Regulations

Building Regulations are enforceable by law, and ensure that an extension or new building is structurally sound, and also set out minimum requirements for fire safety, ventilation, insulation, and any other aspects needed to ensure a building is safe.

Any new building or extension you carry out on your home must comply with the Building Regulations.


Find the Right Builder

A high quality extension is important if you want to add value to your property, so finding to right business to work with is key.


Here at AKB Loft Conversions, we cater for loft and house extensions for all your needs. Our specialist knowledge and trained experts are able to design and create an extension that suits your requirements and enables you to optimise the space in your home. Get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to discuss our house extension process and the services we offer.