Thinking about ideas for a home extension
If you have a growing family or you just need more living space, at the present time it makes more sense to consider a home extension rather than sell your house. It is easy to get an architect to draw up plans for your extension.
A home extension has many benefits over moving house especially now that the housing market is so uncertain.
Also it will increase the value of your home if you do decide to sell somewhere down the line when property market picks up again. The most common home extension is a new kitchen or lounge. In older properties kitchens were not as much a feature as they are now and with an extension it is possible to get the kitchen of your dreams.
A new extended lounge is also a popular choice when it comes to home extensions, as people entertain more at home now and with a growing family more room is needed.
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You may be thinking of a new bedroom with an en-suite. If you have a garage it is easy to extend over it in most cases. This will be a great new space for your teenage children or for visiting friends and relatives. If you are lucky enough to have a large rear garden you have a ready made site to extend. If you stick to a certain area it is not always necessary to get planning permission.
A conservatory is a good option for a home extension and can be in place in a matter of weeks. It can also be used as a study or playroom and will let in any available sunlight into your home.
Before you embark on your building project the first thing you or your builder should do is check that foundations. They should be directly under the walls. A large proportion of foundations are not positioned properly. Next you should check the damp proofing, if you miss out on damp proofing your home you will soon have damp rising and this will cause severe problems.
Make sure that any electric cables are protected by the correct covering. This is vitally important for several reasons the main one being safety. The new floor should be at the correct height, if not your doors and windows will be at the wrong height also.
A reputable builder will know to avoid these mistakes but if you are doing a lot of the work on your home extension yourself it is advisable to make these checks yourself. You should ensure that you order enough materials before you start as it is difficult to match up if your stockist runs out.
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