Where do I start when thinking about building an extension?

A house extension is a very attractive option for anyone that is lacking room inside their home but also has the space outside to spare.
While it’s less expensive than moving completely, extending the home will still come with quite the price tag, so it;s super important to make sure you get it right and make the space work hard for you.
There are a few key things you’ll need to bear in mind before embarking on your extension project to make sure you get the most out of both the design and build stages.
We’ve curated some of the top things to keep in mind at the start of your extension project.

1.Does it add value to your home?

While this may not be at the top of everyones list, the best way to future proof the investment of adding an extension, is to consider if it actually adds value to your home. You may not be considering selling initially, but it’s still something you should be contemplating

2. Space

Do you have the space for your plans? Are you prepared to sacrifice some of the land in your garden to make way for your home to expand? Often extenders get preoccupied with only thinking of the project in terms of square meters and not in times of what it will do to your home. Bigger is not always better, and just because you have the garden space to extend a certain amount, does’t necessarily mean you need to extend out that much! Only extend as much as you need to.

3. Choose the right designer for your project

When is comes to the design of your extension project, there are a few options you can choose from. This will also depend on the type of extension you’re after.
Your options include:
– Architects
– Specialist designers
– Package build companies with in-house design teams
– Modular extension
Getting recommendations from friends and families, with the added option of being able to visit the extensions that are the result of the different options above will also help you make your decision.

4. Efficiency

Another underrated design aspect that can be overlooked at times, you need to consider the efficiency of the extension you’re building. If the materials your new space is made of aren’t going to keep the room well insulated, you’ll not only lose heat but money too! Having to constantly keep the space heated on and off throughout the year is going to costing, if you were to refuse to keep the space heated, this could end up in wasted real estate, no one wants to office in a freezing cold room!

5. Placement

Be wary of the size and placement of your extension.
If your extension will be built over or in the area of a sewer, you will need to contacts your waterboard before any work begins. If a shared sewer is within 3m of your extension, then a build over agreement with your local water authority is likely to be required, these are likely to be both tricky and costly so make sure you do your research beforehand.

6. Look past the build

Depending on what you’re planning on using your extension for, you may need to think about beyond the actual build of the structure. If you were to use your new space as a kitchen or bathroom, it’d be a good idea to confirm the position of your units, cooker, white goods, bath, toilet etc. before the work begins so that the relevant electrics, ventilation and plumbing can be planned. It will make the whole process so much easier.

7. Will you be living on site?

One piece of advice that we always recommend when having building work done to your house would be to try to live off site. This purely from a comfort point of view and will also help us work quick and efficiently.

8. Connecting the old and the new

How well the additional space sits alongside the original property will undoubtedly affect the success of the project. While there are no hard and fast rules, you will need to make a decision on whether you want your new house extension to complement or contrast with the main house. at Habattach we believe that when it’s done right, traditional and modern pieces can look exceptional together.

9. Building offsite

Offsite construction systems such as timber frame, often work really well on house extension project. Most of the work is done offsite and delivered to the property to be assembled by experts, making the process a lot less invasive giving super fast results.

10. Project manager

We commend anyone who manages their own project! It’s a really difficult task and therefore anyone who takes this on is a superhero. Project managing any building project requires high levels of patience, organisation, problem solving and decision making skills. If you don’t feel confident dealing with the problems associated with a build site or even have the time to full concentrate of the project, a project manager is an absolute must.

11. Conservation areas

Permitted development rights (which you can read about in a past blog post) are restricted in conservation areas. Each local authority has its own policy for areas like this, but generally the basis of the police is to prevent the loss of character of the area. So, if you;re thinking about a house extension, always contact your local conservation officer first.
As you can see there’s a lot to consider when thinking about extending your property! These are just some starter points to think about.
Interior Layout - 5m x 3m Hab 3 Home Extension Example

Bonus: Have you thought about Habattach?

If you’re looking at an extension to your home to optimise space on a fixed budget, we invite you to come take a closer look at the HAB. Many of the aspects discussed above have been implemented in our fixed designs. Explore the Habattach offerings further here and drop us a line via our Contact Us page. We can’t wait to meet you!

Exterior Example - 6m x 4m Hab 2 Prefab Extension
Living Room Layout Interior - Hab 2 6m x 4m Prefab Extension

If you would like to find out more about our modular extensions then head on over to www.habattach.com for more information or drop us an email to hello@habattach.com.

We can install our prefab extensions anywhere the UK including London, Oakham, Manchester, Northampton, Leicester, Coventry, Cambridge, Bedford, Lincoln, Birmingham and more.