Are you about to embark on a home extension? Congratulations! This is exciting, albeit a bit daunting…
If you’re new to the renovating game, the whole process of building a home extension might seem a bit overwhelming. Yes, it’s a financial and emotional investment, but believe us when we say it’s not as hard as it might seem. That’s why we’ve taken the time to break the process down for you here:
HOW TO BUILD AN EXTENSION STEP BY STEP:
1. Have a Clear Goal
Nobody knows what you need from your extension better than you do yourself. Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve from your renovation is super important and being able to communicate this goal to your building team is essential to ensure that your project is 100% successful.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What do I/we love about the house?
- What drives me/us crazy about the house?
- Is the current floor plan functional?
- Do I/we need more bedroom/living/kitchen space?
- Do I/we need an extra bathroom?
Making a physical list of what you need can help to bring clarity to your vision.
2. Involve the Experts
Getting the experts on board early in the piece could save you a pretty penny and a lot of headaches too! An expert team, who understands the ins and outs of renovating, can give you professional advice and help you turn your renovation dreams into a reality.
We at Combit Constructions, specialist builders in North London understand what it’s like when you’ve looked at your plans for so long that you get stuck in a rut with your idea but that’s where we can help. With 20+ years of experience, we understand what it takes to craft beautiful and functional home extensions for homeowners in North London, and our team can offer advice and suggestions that simply mightn’t have occurred to you.
3. Planning Permission
Depending on the size, style, and complexity of your project, you may need to obtain planning permission. Speak to your local building authority about what you need to complete your home renovation and apply for the relevant permissions – sometimes they can take a little time to come through.
4. Do Your Sums
Budgeting is an important step in your renovation process. Renovating is a different ballgame to building from scratch and it’s important to remember that when you’re dealing with an existing structure there’s likely to be some challenges and costs that you weren’t expecting. Allowing a 10 – 20% buffer amount for these hidden expenses will help to ensure that your budget is realistic and achievable.
5. Choose Your Builder
Your builder is the one that is going to be responsible for realizing your renovation dreams, so don’t rush this decision – it’s one of the most important stages of building an extension, the UK.
Spend time doing your research: look at reviews online, visit showrooms/display homes, and ask for referrals. Don’t just look at the recent work of each builder – sometimes faults only become obvious as the structure ages.
Once you’ve narrowed your options down to a couple of teams, ask them to visit your property and give you a quotation for your extension. A face-to-face meeting is a great way to assess the professionalism of each builder and their approach to your project.
WARNING: beware of builders who only give an estimation. An estimation is merely a ballpark figure, whereas a quotation is a detailed document that clearly sets out each stage of the project and the relevant costs associated.
6. Plan & Purchase
Are you supplying any of the building materials or appliances for your project? If so, you need to plan for and purchase these items. To ensure that your project runs smoothly it’s important to be aware of the lead times for each product. Schedule delivery of items early enough so that they’re on-site when needed.
7. Maintain Open Communication
Keep the communication channels open with your builder, your neighbors, and any other personnel involved in your home extension. Clear and honest communication is crucial to ensuring that your project runs smoothly, and the result is exactly as you had planned.
The team at Combit Constructions, specialist builders in North London, can help you every step of the way to a beautiful and functional home extension. From the initial consultation to project completion, we have everything it takes to ensure that your project is a total success story.