As house prices soar and the property market becomes increasingly difficult to navigate, scores of homeowners are opting for building extensions. Indeed, a home extension is a great option if you are looking to increase your living space or significantly boost the value of your house and can eliminate much of the stress and cost associated with moving.
Despite these perks, however, there are a great many factors to consider before going through with an extension. These include:
1. What Is Your Budget & What Do You Want Your Extension To Achieve?
Establishing a realistic outline for your new extension is, of course, the best way to start. As experts in the field, it is a very good idea to consult an architect before drawing up any final plans. Try and give them as much detail as possible about what you want to gain from the project, your desired completion dates, and your budget.
If you’re planning on using your new extension as a home office, a playroom for your kids, or somewhere to relax, for example, let your architect know and they can incorporate this into their plans. At BDS Construction, we go out of our way to ensure our clients are satisfied at every step of the designing process, taking on much of the design work to alleviate the stress that comes with planning an extension.
2. Establishing Whether You Will Need Planning Permission
Some extension projects can be undertaken with the need for planning permission under so-called “permitted development rights”. However, buildings that exceed certain constraints (of which there are many) require developers to apply for planning permission. The vast number of rules that need to be taken into account – such as whether you live in a Conservation Area or a Listed Property – can cause a headache for some homeowners. Fortunately, we cut out the hassle of obtaining permission by seeking out the relevant council permissions for our clients.
3. Who Is Going To Build The Extension?
Finding a reliable and efficient building can be crucial when it comes to getting your dream extension. Opting for a company that provides both architects and home builders, such as BDS, is a great way of cutting down hassle and work on your part.
4. Are There Any Extensions You Are Particularly Inspired By?
It can be very difficult to conceptualise your perfect extension without looking at a few examples first. Our website boasts an array of previous projects showcasing the different kinds of extension that can be achieved with our help: https://www.bdsarchitecture.co.uk/client-stories
Once you’ve spotted a design that suits you, get in touch with us at BDS Construction today to find out more about our services and obtaining a quote.