If limited finances are preventing you from buying a much-needed larger home for your family, then perhaps your best option is creating that necessary space in your present home. The first considerations should be what kind of space you actually need and where. In addition, you should take into consideration how the additional space will be integrated into your home and other things like value, comfort, natural light and how much the addition will disrupt your everyday lives.
So, let’s go over some important questions regarding your UK home extension project:
Where and Why?
Do you need additional space in the kitchen, home office, living room, utility room, downstairs bathroom or playroom? Or, do you want to update your dated floor plan by planning an open concept living room/dining room/kitchen? In any case, it’s important to take into consideration both the immediate space problem as well as the long-term goals. It’s also crucial to bear in mind how prospective buyers will see your addition and will they appreciate the home extension design in the event you decide to sell your home in the future. Will it add increased value to the selling price?
Do You Need an Architect?
Another important consideration is whether or not you will require the advice of an architect. One could add significant value to the project if the addition is fraught with complexity and you don’t see any obvious solution at-hand. Conversely, it is generally unnecessary to retain the services of an architect if the job is fairly straightforward. In that case, an experienced project manager or building contractor will work just fine. You might also need a structural engineer if the addition will involve structural alterations that are substantial. A structural engineer will identify what the requirements are for your addition and then sign off on any work once it is completed.
There are a number of typical construction options to consider when choosing what will suit your extension the best and they are:· Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF)· Traditional Block· Timber Frame· Structural Insulated Panel (SIP)
The most common of these in the UK are timber frame and traditional block built, however each and every one does have its advantages as well as its disadvantages. Traditional block can result in higher heating costs and those UK costs are some of the highest in all of Europe, but it still remains everybody’s favourite.
Many homeowners have no idea of how long an addition can take. The average time can vary depending upon the type of construction on a 25 square meter extension as follows:
Shortest time- Steel frame or timber extension built off-site= two weeks
Next shortest- Timber frame built onsite= six to eight weeks
Longest time- Traditional block built= eight to ten weeks
The cost of an extension could vary a great deal. A general rule of thumb would be $140 to $175 (including VAT) per every square foot of exterior building area. This would be a fairly accurate estimate on a block built addition. Be careful when comparison-shopping, however, and if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Do some research on any contractor that you are considering and then go with your gut instincts. Those two methods usually won’t steer you wrong. Don’t just go for the cheapest option.
Paying for Your Extension?
Unless you have the cash lying around, start by presenting the extension project to a lending institution in the proper way. You might want to consider a combination of bank/building society and credit union for your borrowing needs.
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