Extensions and loft conversions are one of the great ways to create more space in your house without changing locations and moving.
Before starting such projects, there are a few things to consider! Studio20 Architects created a guide of successful home extensions that contains top tips.
1. List Your Priorities
Listing what your new space that is created with extension needs to have and what your new space that is created with the extension should have.
For instance, when extending a kitchen, it is significant to have more workspace or have a place to sit and enjoy the garden view.
Therefore, thinking about your project’s priorities even before starting the project is vital.
Even though the priorities may get shaped or change according to the progress of the extension project, it is important to list your wishes and main objectives concerning the place to be extended.
2. Be Realistic About Your Budget
The cost of your home extension project might vary. For example, a very basic garage conversion may cost a few thousand pounds while a two-storey side or rear extension might cost up to tens of thousands.
Even though when starting a project most of the time it is considered that the budget will allow more than what is desired. However, budget planning is crucial and most of the time the budget planned is not enough for even what is intended in the first place.
Therefore, getting assistance in this subject is very significant. Studio20 Architects helps your budget forecast and allocation before, during, and after your extension project.
Our team gives our clients a list of kitchen manufacturers, bathroom companies, and glazing companies to look at when the extension project is in the planning stage.
This helps to allocate the budget wisely and to identify the high-ticket components beforehand. Thus, having your architect take joint actions with a structural engineer at the planning stage is significant to plan the budget efficiently.
3. Get Value for Your Money
Before undertaking a single-storey extension, two-storey extension, or loft conversion project, it is important to consider and calculate the value will it add to your property’s new version.
To avoid over-extending your home, taking advice from an architect and local estate agent is beneficial.
Before the project’s design phase goes too far, preventing spending too much on the building is vital. Your extension project should be open to alterations in case the market realities and trends change.
4. Go up, down, or out?
Even though you are determined in one option from the beginning, considering all the options would be beneficial for your project.
For example, loft conversion usually is the quickest and less costly way, however, it can create more disruption than both rear and side extension since they can be built in isolation for a long time till the last stages of the construction work.
Not only the cellar you have can be converted into a living space, but also digging down to create a new basement is also another option of providing more living space to your home by adding extra floor space.
Even though they can be relatively more costly, the added space may outweigh construction costs, especially high-value areas that also have less space in the surroundings such as central London.
5. Don’t Skimp on Quality of Building Materials
The economical choice does not always mean the cheapest option. By choosing the cheapest roof tiles and bricks, it does not necessarily is the best choice.
For example, kitchens may have to be fitted out later with high-tech gadgets, when you choose building materials that are not suitable for this, then it might create a problem in the future.
Investing in the building fabric and spending a great deal on external walls, ground floor, and the roof is important since the property’s energy performance is very significant to reduce the heating costs, in the end, this leads to saving money in the long term.
6. Choose materials carefully
Choosing materials wisely is vital to your extension project. While builder merchants’ brochures can be overwhelming, going through them all carefully is very important.
Here are some tips regarding choosing the materials carefully: When choosing the brick, keep in mind that it should be fireproof.
Moreover, render and timber quality is also a way of taking account of trees and orientation since both tend to stain and discolour due to dampness and sun exposure.
Receiving and keeping the samples and fittings of the materials is of real importance to the extension project since you can start to see how the prospective appearance will look and get a quick and easy feel for the prospective quality.
7. The Importance of Letting the Sun in
Which spaces face which direction and from where they receive sunlight, the amount of daylight, and their orientations, in general, are important factors to consider in your extension project.
Do you want the extension to be sunny and south-facing?
To answer such questions, think about where you sit in the evenings, how you can capture the best light.
There are trade-offs between roof light and bigger windows, think about and weigh them carefully.
Moreover, where you want to put light fittings and fixtures are also needs to be checked. 8. Size
The size of the extension planned matters for the sake of your extension project. If too big or too small, it can disproportionate to the rest of the house and look aesthetically in an unwanted way.
The flowing open-place spaces that include living room, dining room, kitchen, or study space are trendy and convenient.
Moreover, creating flexible spaces is significant since you might want the space to have only one function for now, however, in the future, you might wanna use it multi-functional way.
9. Connected to the Garden
The way your extension project will connect your garden and your building is very important since it is a significant factor to make it easy for children or pets to run in and out.
By considering hard landscaping such as patios and walls, you can enhance your extension’s connection to the garden, to the natural outside.
Home extensions are not only practical and ergonomic but also aesthetic matters. Therefore, hiring an architect to design a bespoke home extension.
An architect can create the connection between standard builder extension requirements, your requirements, and the requirements emerging from the location and create the real wow factor.
Please contact Studio20 Architects for professional advice concerning your home extension and let us create the wow factor for you.