For many people, deciding to build an extension onto your property is a big decision and you should firstly decide if this is the right thing for you and your home and possibly if there are other ways to create space within your home. Many people do not utilise their garage, not storing a car in there etc. And it's worth looking into renovating this space?
Extensions can transform your home and can sometimes add great value to your house. There are so many different extensions today that you can build as a home improvement.
Always make sure that you gain the relevant planning permission, making sure to follow building regulations. It can be fairly straightforward in gaining planning permission for a single storey extension.
The property should remain balanced both upstairs and downstairs, especially if you are intending to sell the property. By keeping this balance you would need to say add a further room to the upstairs and also one to the below, rather than two additional to the below, always bear in mind what would appeal to potential buyers.
With this in mind, ensure that the extension you are willing to build blends in with your house, e.g. building an extension with new brick which is the extension onto an old brick cottage would not make the property look as though it had always been like this, you need to make sure the property looks like it has always been like this, natural.
It is extremely important that you consider your neighbours and what effect your extension may have on them, would they lose sunlight or become a little overlooked? Keep in constant contact with them; you don't want to have unhappy neighbours when getting a build for an extension can be stressful enough. This contact could also spur your neighbours into extending in the same way, costs could be cut also.
Keep a track of your budget on what you able to spend, be sure to ask your contractors what they are doing, why they are doing it and don't be afraid to ask questions - after all it's your money that is paying for this extension! Your contractor and trades people will be able to offer you some good quality advice, but any decisions are yours to make.
About the author: Will Bryans writes about what to consider when planning a home extension, writing here for Southern Timber Frame