Once you have taken the decision to extend your home in order to gain more space or add value to your home, the journey is only just beginning. There is so much to consider when planning a job such as this and it is vital that you understand all aspects of the job and how you can est complete this project with speed and at as low a cost as you can find.
Many people decide that a house extension is not for them once they see the work involved but as ling as you are organised, consult the right people and stay on top of the project yourself, it doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Let’s take a look at how you can plan it in the right way.
What You Are Looking For
You must have a clear plan in your head for what you want your house to look like once the work is completed. This is about more than having a general idea as to how your house will look and you will need to spend time with the architect to decide exactly where you want your rooms and all of the other additions which will be made to your home.
You will need to contract a trusted architect, a construction company, stonemakers, electricians, plumbers and a whole range of skilled professionals to complete this job. The most important position which you will hire for however is that of the foreman, the man or woman who will head up the project and will be your point of contact throughout the work. The foreman that you choose simply must have strong experience in completing this type of work before. Using their experience, they will be able to show you flaws in your plans, they will anticipate problems and they will also ensure that the workmen are running at full speed at all times.
The budget which you have to play with when it comes to your house extension is the be all and end all of how well it is completed. Remember that a budget is what you can afford to spend, not what you have and it is worth bearing in mind that these projects almost always run over cost and that you will need money afterwards to furnish and decorate your new space.
Stay or Go
An important consideration is whether you will stay in the home whilst the work is being completed, or if you will move out during the project. There are benefits to both staying and going but whatever you decide, you will need to take action to ensure that everything goes well. If you decide to stay for example, you must be prepared to live in chaos for a while and anticipate the dangers that exist. Should you choose to go, you will need to stay with family or friends, or use some of your budget to pay for a hotel whilst the work is being carried out.