8 Things You Need To Know Before Building A House Extension

A House Extension being built on a Property in UK.

Most people are enthusiastic and keen to get started with their house extension. With some thought, careful planning, and patience you will be more likely to get your dream house.

Before you get carried away and start choosing new furniture, there are many more important things in a house extension that you need to consider.

Doran Bros Construction has the expertise and experience to help you with your dream house extensions in South London. From designing, planning, and building – we will make your dream house a reality.

To guarantee that your project turns out to be a resounding success, we’ve put together a list of 8 important factors that you need Consider When Extending Your House.

8 Tips to Consider Before Building a Home Extension

1. Value Added

Your house extension should increase the market value of your property. The easiest way is to look at how much similar properties in your area sold for compared to yours.

2. Get Permission

If you neglect your local building regulations you will be breaking the law, which could result in your local council ordering you to tear down your extension! Although some extensions can be built under Permitted Development rights, you still need the Building Regulations approval before starting.

3. Contractor Expertise

Partnering up with a reputable contractor will not only guarantee that your extension design comes out exactly as planned structurally but also according to the design plan.

4. Cost

As exciting as your project may be, try to be realistic about your budget and how much you are able to pay.

5. Project Timeline

Make a plan for when you want the construction to begin on-site. Allow time to design, get your permissions, get the builder scheduled and give them time to buy materials.

6. Maximise Energy Efficiency

Your existing house may currently suffer thermally in areas due to single-glazed windows, condensation, poor ventilation, and lack of insulation. This could be an ideal time to improve energy efficiency to save you money long term.

7. Match the Extension to Your Existing Property

The new extension should blend seamlessly with the older parts of the property to give the illusion of having always been there.

8. Stay or Go

A relatively small extension or loft conversion may not have too much of an impact on your day-to-day life but for larger extension projects, you may want to consider moving out part or the whole project.

If you have any questions about home extensions in Southwest London visit Doran Bros Construction online to learn more about our services, or why not give us a call and let’s get your project started!