So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and build a home extension this year?
Congratulations! This can be an exciting time, but it’s important to plan everything out correctly to ensure the build is as smooth as possible. This guide will walk you through everything you need to consider when planning your extension.
From budgeting to design, we have you covered. Let’s get started!
Start with your budget
Setting your budget is the essential first step.
Without it, you can’t clearly know how much you can afford to spend on your extension. Once you know your budget, you can start thinking of designs, booking contractors, and choosing materials.
On average, an extension costs between £1,000 and £4,000, which factors in everything from contractors and materials to planning permission and building regulations.
Keep in mind that the final cost will depend on the size of your extension and the materials you use. The more luxurious your materials, the more you’ll pay.
Side note: Many global issues still affect the UK construction industry. There is a material backlog from the COVID-19 pandemic, and many building resources are being pulled into HS2. This means some materials can be in short supply, thus putting a delay or extra costs on your projects. Consider these in your budget!
If you’re unsure how to start budgeting for your project, there are a few things you can do. The first is to talk to a professional contractor. They will be able to give you an estimate of how much your extension will cost.
You can use an online calculator for a rough idea, but you’ll always get the best price by getting a proper quote from a contractor that’s generated specifically for your build.
Once you have a budget in mind, you can start planning your extension.
Planning your extension
Within the planning stage, you work within your budget to decide things like the size of your extension, what materials you want to use, and what kind of design you’re going for.
Brainstorm ideas by collecting pictures from the internet and talking with a professional contractor or architect. They will be able to help you plan your extension based on your available space and budget and will ultimately come up with a design that fits your budget.
A Note on Planning Permission
You can’t ignore UK planning permission, and most extensions will require it. This requires you to meet specific build criteria and create opportunities for neighbours to raise concerns.
For example, they may not want you to build a large extension that completely blocks one of their windows.
Rules can change quite regularly, so the best thing to do is talk to your local planning department. They will be able to tell you if you need permission for your extension, and your architect will also have an idea of the most up-to-date requirements.
When you’re ready with your design, you’ll submit it to the council. Make sure all documents are filled out, and everything is as correct as possible to save you both time and money.
Once your application is submitted, the planning department will review it and decide whether or not to approve it. If your application is approved, you’ll be able to start building your extension. If not, you’ll be given feedback on what you need to change, and you can work with your contractor or architect to make the relevant changes.
Building your extension
When your planning application is approved, and you’ve got the green light, the fun begins. Now you can see your extension come to life!
Sit back and watch your contractors get to work, and soon you’ll have the extension of your dreams.
Here at JG Molloy, we’ve been in the construction industry since 1964 and remain a family-run business. Whether you’re in the planning stages and looking for a quote, seeking out new ideas on how to improve your house, or ready to build and need a contractor you can trust, we’ve got your back.
Contact our friendly team today, and we’ll be more than happy to help set you up and on the right path towards building the extension you’ve been dreaming of. Use the contact form below and start today!