Are you outgrowing your current space? Or maybe you just want to create a new hobby room? Home extensions are a great way to expand your living space without the hassle of having to leave your current home and area and increase the value of your home (click here to read what upgrade projects pay off at resale). If you’re considering a home extension, here are some important things to think about!
- What’s the purpose of your extension?
First thing to ask yourself is what is the extension for? Do you need an extra bedroom? Are you out of storage space? Or you just want a bigger lounge room? Having a clear idea of the purpose of your space will help you determine where your extension should be situated, how big the room/area should be and what facilities will be needed.
- Your budget.
The cost of home extensions can range widely and can accumulate quickly. Knowing your budget will make communicating and evaluating design and build elements with your builder easier, ensuring everything is within budget. No one likes a nasty surprise at the end of the project.
- Do you have enough space for the build?
So, you know what you want and how much you want to spend. Now comes reality – do you have the actual space for what you want? Take caution here, as not only should you assess whether you have room to fit the extension, but also whether you’re satisfied with how much open space/backyard you have left after the extension.
- How long will it take to build?
From consultation, design to build, extensions take time. Knowing how long the project will take will help you manage your expectations and allow you to organise your lifestyle whist the build is in progress. Any extension project will more or less require work to be done to the existing part of the house and may cause disruption to your lifestyle. Having an idea on how long this will take, can help you be prepared and organise factors like temporary living arrangements.
- What are the building restrictions in your area?
There are many rules and regulations that govern builds. Making sure you know and understand them will prevent costly delays and the risk of your application being denied. To get all you need to know on any of these regulations, simply contact your local council.
Extensions are a great way to make your home even more amazing than it already is. To get an idea on what the possibilities of extension are – check out this amazing second-storey extension we completed in Happy Valley. If you’re look to transform your home, click through to learn more!