Building an extension on your home is a great way creating more space without having to go through the hassle of moving house. Here’s what you need to know before you go ahead with the work though.

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Architect

Before you take any further steps, you should hire an architect to make the plans for the extension with you. Architects are experts at what they do, and you need to use their expertise to make sure that your extension project is successful in the long-term. They will take the burden off your shoulders and take care of the complicated things that you know nothing about at all. When deciding which one to hire, you should make sure that they’re experience in the kind of work you need doing.

Planning Permission

Most large extensions require planning permission. To get this, you will need to submit your plans for the extension to your local authority. This can be a long and bureaucratic process, so it’s always best to get this done as early as you possibly can to avoid any hassle later one. You will also need to get building regulations approval. This is the case even if your extension doesn’t require planning permission. It will need to pass an examination that looks at safety, drainage and insulation before you get this approval.

Good Builders

When you’re building an extension, you need to have the right workers alongside you. They are the people that will be doing the heavy work that really matters. So, make sure you check out their reputation and history before signing any contracts with them. To build the foundations, you’ll need to dig holes. This can be done by Electrical Trench Digging, but you’ll need to hire experts to operate the machinery. Then you’ll need to think about the actual builders. Compare prices and options before coming to your final decision.

The Costs

Planning the costs before you start getting the work done is very important. If you plan out all the costs, you won’t be hit by any nasty surprises later on in the process. So, don’t be one of those people who ignore the costs until it comes to the time when the payments are due. You should prepare contracts and agreements with anyone you hire so that everyone knows exactly what they’re going to get paid. If this doesn’t get done, the disputes over payment can get quite nasty, and you don’t want that.

Extending Heating and Electrics

Is your current heating system capable of coping with the extra room that you’ll be adding to the property? This is a question that you’re going to need to know the answer to. There are so many different types of heating arrangements out there, so you need to know your home’s inside out before getting started. It might be necessary to make some changes. The same is true of your electrical supply. It might be necessary to add a new ring circuit, but it’s possible that that won’t be necessary too.

 

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