Planning A Home Extension Safely & Legally
Does your project require the insight of an architect? If you can’t envision the project on your own, this is probably the case. A seasoned architect will know exactly where to extend your home while adding value , aesthetic appeal, and functionality. However, you might have a totally transparent job on your hands and in this case, a building contractor is probably all that’s necessary to start construction.
Is there anyone else who might be able to cost-effectively help you with your project? Perhaps an organizer can further help you create space. Aside from design and planning expertise, when you embark upon significant structural alterations, it’s highly advisable to employ a structural engineer to evaluate and identify the requirements needed for the project and give the “go ahead” to begin construction.
Settling on Building Materials & Your Extension Style
How do you plan to proceed with your construction project and what material do you plan to employ in this project? Typical choices for extension building materials are: traditional block building, a timber frame, SIPs (structural insulated panels), and ICF (insulated concrete form-work). Each of these materials has their own unique pros and cons when utilized in home extension projects, but the 2 most common choices for United Kingdom extension projects are timber frame and a traditional block built extension with a traditional block built style being an ever enduring UK favourite, as the energy costs in the United Kingdom are one of the highest priced in Europe.
Selecting a Contractor
Choosing the best loft conversion contractor rests upon a mixture of your intuition and some online review research, making some phone calls, and asking around to gauge just how good a contractor is or who to seek out to employ in your building project. It’s ultimately about referrals and who you trust to deliver the best work for the best value.
Traditional block built extensions tend to take the longest among extension building styles. How long will ultimately be governed by the extension’s size and weather conditions when the project is in progress However, a run of the mill 25 sqm extension should take about 8-10 weeks to complete, usually. A built timber frame design extension built onto your home should only take about 6-8 weeks, while an off-site timber or steel framed extension may take as little as 2 short weeks.
Home extension prices can vary significantly. However, you can anticipate paying prices between £140-175 per square foot of outside building area for a completed extension built in a traditional block style. Listen to your intuition. If a quote sounds reasonable and makes sense, that’s likely the case. Listen to detail, though and when you’re comparing costs, read between the lines carefully.
Funding Your Construction Project
When searching for funding for your home extension project, it’s a good plan to consider borrowing from a combination of both a bank or credit union and a building society for funding. Presenting your project effectively is key to swaying your lending institution into providing you with a loan for funding your extension construction.