It is common knowledge that if your home has a lack of space you need, it can often be less hassle and cost simply to build an extension to your property, rather than moving home. However, obviously there are some important considerations involved when thinking about extending your home, including some that might not immediately spring to mind, such as:
– car access;
– soil conditions on the site;
– surrounding trees
– any history of flooding;
– right of way
Once these are out of the way, naturally questions turn to cost. So exactly how much will a home extension set you back?
Figures vary hugely due to a variety of factors, such as location or design specification, but as a rule of thumb it is said you should allow around £1,000 – £2,000 m². Remember to balance the amount you are willing to spend on your extension with the estimated value it will add to your home.
In an ideal world we would all finance our projects using savings, however, if you need to borrow the money for an extension it is possible to finance them using a credit card, loan or by re-mortgaging your home. Each of these options has its own individual benefits. If in doubt, arrange a meeting with your bank to discuss your options and ask for advice.
Another thing to think about is the issue of planning permission, will your extension adhere to planning regulations? If you have an idea for a project, here are just a few aspects of planning you may want to consider before the design stage
– You can extend a detached dwelling by 8m to the rear if it’s single storey or 3m if it’s double.
– It must be built in the same or similar material to the existing dwelling.
– Extensions must not go forward of the building line of the original dwelling.
– Side extensions must be single storey, maximum height of 4m and a width no more than half of the original building.
– An extension must not result in more than half the garden being covered.
The next step is where Fibre comes in. After considering and overcoming all of these practical considerations, it’s time to think about design. Choosing an architect that you have confidence in and that shares your values is so important.
At Fibre Architects, we’re passionate about providing high-quality home design that often does something a little bit different and has some creative flair, and we love working with clients who share that passion. With over 20 years’ experience designing residential extensions, we help make the process of helping create an extension you can be proud of run as smoothly as possible.
If you’re thinking about extending your home and think Fibre Architects is the right company for your project – get in touch!
(data and article source: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/extension-beginners-guide/)