Tips for house extending     

Often when people buy a house, they may find it perfect, even if it is a little small. However, they purchase it, when they have only a pet and no one to leave with. Things get quite complicated when they decide to marry and have a family, and when a baby is on his way, the need of more room arises. The first idea that comes in people’s minds is that they should look for a new house, and they do not think of extending the existing one. This is a less expensive process, and it can be done more quickly than trying to sell the house they have, looking for a new one, buying it and finally redecorating with the furniture that they had to take from the old one. A specialized company, like Visuel A/S, can do the expanding of the house and help them having a functional accommodation. Here are some tips on how people can extend their houses in a wise way.


Set the budget

The first step when looking not only for an extension but even when planning to buy a house, is to see how much money this project needs, and modalities of getting them. The general rule is to allow £150 per sq. ft. They have to discuss with the team hired to do this work, the budget they have, and to keep in mind that there will be also paying builders’ fees, government VAT, planning costs, building control, engineers and architects. It is wise to allow a contingency fund of 10 per cent, to have it as extra money for unforeseen things.

Types of extensions

The first option people have when extending is ground-level extension. If their property has not been extended before, they can extend it up to 50 cubic meters, but no more than 4m above ground level. This process can be done without obtaining planning permission. Other option is to converse the loft. They can transform their roofs with building a staircase, and if they plan to design a bath there, they have to take into consideration the soil pipes and if the boiler would supply them hot water. For this type of extension the local planning office is the one that can say if they need permission or not. People also often choose to converse their basement, although this is the most specialized and expensive projects. The more appropriate properties for this type of extension are older period properties and many of them have cellars. A specialist will assess them about the costs of this project and feasibility. If they have a terrace house, they may need to underpin their neighbor’s property as well. In this case, they will need ventilation, wiring and building regulations approval. This permission is not always needed for cellar conversion, but for a new basement is. The type of extension can be decided according to the function of the finished project. People have to also consider internal finishes as storage, flooring and lighting that will need extra money. Either way extension is much more affordable than buying a new house.