If your about to start a major extension project, I’ve put together this essential guide to help you achieve a home with a space that works for you.
Taking on a large project can be quite daunting, especially if it’s your first one. It really helps if you have a clear idea of what you’d like to achieve as this will help you with the many decisions you will have to make along the way.
Many extensions end up being a box just stuck onto the back of a house, usually achieved by submitting basic plans to the planning department, but so many could be improved by including and architect or designer at the start of the process. These professionals will always provide interesting solutions to problems you may not even realise exist - like possible lack of natural light or uneven floor levels, for example.
Make sure you choose a designer that you can talk to easily, this will be very important for getting you vision across.
Discuss with your designer what you’d like achieve. Whether that be an open-plan layout, an indoor/outdoor experience, or an eat-in kitchen, they’ll be able to advise you on how to achieve what you want.
Remember to tell your designer if you want a high-end kitchen or large expanses of glass or roof lights so that they can factor those into your budget.
If you live in a house, think about any future renovations too, if later on, you’d like to turn a single storey extension into a double storey one, make certain to tell you designer and structural engineer so that they can plan for that from the start by incorporating more substantial foundations, for example.
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