So it seems that lockdowns are over for now (thank goodness and let’s hope it stays that way!) Although some office workers are gingerly heading back to their workplaces, there are quite a few who really enjoyed working from home, and have proven to their employers it was possible.
If this is you, and if you are hoping to continue working from home indefinitely, then maybe you are thinking about extending your house in order to give yourself a dedicated workspace – or perhaps a playroom or other room, so that you can then work undisturbed in the place you are in now.
If you are looking to build an extension over the next year or so, there are a few things that you need to take into account
Decide why you want an extension
Before you start your extension, you will want to decide why you want to extend your property. Should you want it as extra office space because you work from home, then you will want to optimise its size and shape to achieve the best workspace design to suit you.
Whereas if you want a space for a bedroom, then the space and size needed will probably be different. Therefore, if you decide why you want it before you start building, then you can ensure that you build it according to what you will use it for.
Consider its location
You might have a few positions where you can add an extension to your home. Therefore, you will want to ensure that you choose the best location that will not have a negative impact on your current setup. Plus, positioning it to be well-placed for the weather will ensure that you can maintain its condition.
For instance, if you want to add solar panels to generate the extensions electricity, then you will want to position it so that it receives plenty of sunlight.
Get some Experts
You probably have some very good ideas about what you want, but you will still need architects and/or surveyors to assess how feasible your plans are with regards to your current property and the area you live in. They will assist with measurements and safety protocols so that your end result is safe and what you desired. You will also need builders and construction workers to assist with the build.
Set a budget
Before getting started with any home project, you will want to ensure that you can afford it. You will be left very disappointed if you start the project and cannot finish it. It could cause a huge disruption to your living situation.
Therefore, make sure you set a budget before you start your project. The budget you set should be substantially higher than the quote you accept from the builders, as there are nearly always additional things that pop up in every construction project. You need to make absolutely sure you have a contingency fund, and that you will be able to afford the final bill whatever happens.
Talk to your neighbours
It’s really important to keep your neighbours informed if you are planning major work to your home. It’s possible you may need planning permission for your extension, in which case they would have the potential to veto your ideas. Talking to them in advance, and asking their advice and opinions can help diffuse a tense situation. If there is something they object violently to, then there is scope to alter that bit slightly, in order to come to a compromise.
On the plus side too, if you keep your neighbours onside throughout the whole process, you may find that they have experience and advice that they can share with you, including perhaps recommending reputable local firms to do the work. Not only that, but later on, when your house is full of workmen and/or if your electricity, heating, kitchen or bathroom facilities have to be temporarily disconnected during the building works, then you may find that you have somewhere close by that you can escape to.
Building an extension is not a project to be taken lightly. It takes a lot of planning and can cause severe disruption to your home and family life for quite a while. However, the results can be amazing, if you get the right support.