House extensions enable you to design the living space you want, adding to the home you already love. Extending your existing home may even prove cheaper and less stressful than buying a new house and moving. Whether you want an extra bedroom, a home office, a play room for your growing family, a workshop, larger kitchen or extended patio, house conversions offer the best solutions at prices to suit your budget.
Purpose of the Extensions: When considering extending your home, there are a few points to consider, the most important being the purpose of the extension. Is the new space going to be a self-contained area such as a granny flat, is the new space going to accommodate a growing family or are you using the add-on for commercial use? Regardless of the reason for wanting the extension, they should be seen as an investment to increase the property value of your home. For this reason, extensions should only be done by professionals.
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DIY extensions of any kind are strongly not recommended. Adding construction to your existing home requires specialised knowledge of architecture and engineering and should not be attempted by anyone without the proper training. House extensions directly affect the structural integrity of your home and could result in serious damage to the existing building if not done correctly. Compromising the structures of your home could even place you and your family in danger from structural failure.
Types of Extensions: Before deciding on the dimensions of the extension, consider the size of your property and the general value of the homes in your area. Over capitalising on a smaller property may have adverse effects on your property value in the long run. Typical home extensions include larger kitchens, lounges and patios, extra bedrooms and home office space. Always check with local councils before starting construction as certain building permissions may be required.
Cost of Extensions: The cost of house extensions depends on the scale of the project, materials required, ground conditions and physical labour involved. Any additional services such as structural re-enforcing, installing new electrical and plumbing systems, adding insulation or installing new heating/cooling system will also affect the price. Affordable options do exist. Don't go cheap just to save a few pennies. Shabby extensions may negatively impact the value of your home.
The Extension Process: Before a single brick is laid, the architect and or structural engineer will conduct a survey of your home, drawing up plans for the extensions to suit your needs and ideas. Given a satisfactory plan, you will then be provided with a quote for the estimated cost of the job before signing the contract. If you approve of the quote and plans, you will sign the contract and construction will begin.
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Your house extension questions answered
- Can I modify my floor plan at the same time I have an extension added on? Yes, although some layouts are more difficult and time-consuming than others are. Your builder can discuss any modifications you would like during the consultation phase.
- Do I need really need permission for a house extension? Most local governments do require permits before house extensions can be added. There may be exceptions if extending under 10% of your current footprint, but you should always check in advance.
- Can house extensions be a do-it-yourself job? This will depend on the type and size of the extension that is being done. Some small house extensions can be done as a do-it-yourself job, but larger or more complex extensions should be done by a professional contractor.
- Are loft, garage, and basement conversions considered home extensions? Yes. Any time you make alterations to your home, whether they are internal or external, they are considered an extension. It also includes loft, basement, and garage conversions that don't change the dimensions of the room.
- Is there a minimum size that my house extension must be? No, house extensions can be as small or as large as you would like, and are often performed simply to stretch the size of a home by only one or two metres.
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