How to build a good house extension…
Are you happy with where you live but would like that bit more space? Extending your property is the way forward! Every home is unique to the individuals who live in them so here are some tips about how to successfully extend your home.
10 – Get all approvals first
This is when the experts come in…depending on the size, shape and scale of your new extension, you may have to make an application for planning permission in Manchester but don’t worry. As each local council is different there is no clear-cut rule of thumb for designing extensions which can only mean one thing; find a designer who’s pleased to go the extra mile and push the boundaries! You will learn that many council websites supply a lot of information and design guides which are made available to ensure that your local area is accented by architecture and not destroyed so it’s not a system to be knocked!
Even if your extension doesn’t need Planning Permission it’ll need Building Regulations Approval which is there to impose construction standards across the UK. Building regulations safeguard designs by ensuring the buildings are constructed correctly and inspections occur along the way which helps prevent unprofessional procurement and the dreaded ‘cowboy builder’ which is always a good thing!
To learn more about Planning Permission and Building Regulations visit – www.planningportal.gov.uk
9 – Speak to your neighbours
Get your neighbours on side! Sometimes it’s your neighbours that can make or break a planning application in the eyes of the council as an objection to your proposition has never been an easy barrier to overcome. A simple chat with them can go a long way so show them what you’re planning and explain the design and share reasons why this is your desire. It will definitely help them to understand your proposal more and then hopefully there’ll be minimal or no objections.
8 – Set a budget
This might sound a basic move towards making your dream reality but it’s common to overspend on even the littlest projects. The general rule of thumb is to allow for £1,000-£2,000 per square meter and then allow an extra 10-20 percent contingency fund. Even better practice would be to issue the designers drawings to Quantity Surveyor for them to present an accurate cost.
Also remember that you don’t only have the build budget, there will be the designer’s and consultants rates, government VAT and also local authorities fees for the applications as well. So, be realistic with your budget as to create the perfect dream home, it isn’t all about the new build extension alone. Numerous factors collaboratively create a beautiful and functional space.
7- What is the function of the extension?
A question most people will think they know the answer too, nonetheless there tend to be more answers to this question than space and budget allows so compromise will likely be required or a really good designer who can work tirelessly with you to achieve your dream extension! Whether you’re a young couple in the early stages of living together or a family of four whom have lived in the same home for many years, for each individual in that home will need a different and diverse outcome of the space/s. For one person it could be a serene environment to return to following a hard day at the workplace and for the other it could be a social environment to host friends and have a good old natter. Therefore be sure you consider who will use this space, when it will be used and what it’ll be used for. Is it an additional bedroom you are looking for or are you craving a bigger, brighter kitchen/dining open plan living space?
6 – Look at the location and setting
Where your house is positioned is extremely important to the design of your extension. The best extensions out there are those sympathetic to their surroundings or across the spectrum those which contrast their surroundings. From a rural village to a city suburb no one extension is the same so why not use your surroundings as an opportunity to push the boundaries of construction engineering and compliment or contrast your innovative designs. Are you near a babbling brook? Noisy train line? Woodlands wildlife? Busy urban street scene?
5 – Research different materials
Material choice is vital to the design of extensions as it’s the material finishes that bring the structure alive. Whether you want your extension to stand out from the crowd or be a understated improvement, there are various options to choose between with many different manufacturers and suppliers of the same product all who offer diverse services, so make sure to do your research prior to entering the minefield!
Timber cladding is a material choice that is progressively more frequently used so if you are wanting a rustic feel to your extension give timber the thumbs up! If you would prefer a clean, crisp and clean finish to a modern extension perhaps a mix of white render and grey slate would work well with large spans of glazing.
4 – Think outside the box
An extension can be up wards into the attic room, outwards as an addition or downwards to a cellar for that reason no extension is the same so make yours stand out from the crowd and give it the wow factor! Maybe add some quirky details to the design which sets yours aside from the typical extension – whether it’s the shape of the extension or a disguised . glazing panel where the new meets old. Make sure to keep on pushing them boundaries and proving why residential architecture is fascinating!
3 – Landscaping
This, you could ask why it is in the top ten…but…a great landscape designer in Manchester will take into mind the surroundings and incorporate it into the proposition because all things considered, all of us love the outdoors! Architecture is complimented by nature so if you have a view make use of it, if not create one in your outdoor area.
When showing your new extension to friends and family do you really want a weary looking garden or would you rather exhibit your home as an entirety and be proud to call it all yours?
2 – Choose the right builder
Choosing the right builder in Manchester is vital to constructing your dream as with the wrong one your dream will very quickly become a nightmare! So be sure you research builders long and hard, visit past projects they’ve carried out, carry out numerous chats with them (as let’s face you have to be able to work with them!) and take a look on websites for reviews. Some local council panels have set up schemes in their boroughs to help with this decision and created directories for you with only the local builders who meet the high standards and are recommended by others in your area so research them! You could start your search with trustmark.
1 – Selecting the right Architect or Consultant!!
This is the most important part of all. If you would like stand above the crowd and have the best extension on your street, choose an architect in Manchester with a pile of experience in residential architecture.
You will go through a lot of designers’ websites looking through portfolios of previous work but don’t forget to notice if the company have won any awards for their work. Awards indicate not just that they’re experienced and inventive at what they do but also they are highly respected within the industry too which is second to none for you as the consumer.
Extending your home can be very rewarding and can make a huge difference to your lifestyle and with a little insight and some handy advice you will soon be well on your way to living the dream! I have included int he above article links to an award winning architect in Manchester, a highly accredited builder in South Manchester and a 20 year established landscape designer with an impeccable reputation in the North West, these local businesses look like gems.