Extending your home is a normal aspect of prepping for a family but in no way is it an easy process so if you go into it with no research and hit a few snags down the line, it might cost you dearly. Here are some important things you need to consider before putting this project into action so that you don’t waste any dollars in the process:
An important thing to remember with your extension is that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Don’t just think in terms of how many square meters you can add but also the size of the house as a whole. You can always get the illusion of space through interior designing hacks and how you separate off rooms etc. So you don’t have to spend more than you have to on extending- get a more holistic approach.
There’s no point ensuring that the extended part of your house works with zero hitches when the main part still has its flaws. When planning out your home extension, it’s also a good time to see to other home renos that the house could benefit from. This way, you can have your entire house functioning well. For example, it doesn’t matter if your extended story has excellent insulation if the house as a whole has poor thermal regulation. It’s counter-productive.
If you’re planning to extend above a single story, you need to first conduct an investigation into if the structure can handle the load or if it will require more renovations. For example, older homes would need to go through a series of change like restructuring, strengthening or even having to resort to demolishing to create a supportive structure.
If you plan on extending your kitchen or there’s a bathroom in the higher story you plan to build, you’ll have to be a step ahead of the curve and figure out exactly where you want your units placed. This is so that proper ventilation, plumbing and other electric services can be factored in around your design. Else, you’ll find yourself in a fix if you can’t arrange your rooms according to the features within it.
Though you probably have a budget already set in mind, it’s always better to factor in a percentage for unexpected costs and emergencies. You don’t want your extension coming to an abrupt halt because you’ve run out of money so make sure to add at least 10 to 20% for this aspect.
Living onsite definitely isn’t an impossible feat but it certainly does slow down the process as the workers try to work around you. This will disrupt you just as much as it disrupts them- and let’s not mention the amount of dust you’ll be having to deal with along the way. It’s best that you find yourself temporary accommodation during this period if you want to make sure progress occurs as fast as possible.
These are the most important things you need to consider if you want your extension to flow as smoothly as possible.