6 Mistakes To Avoid When You're Building An Extension

When your family starts to get a bit too big for your house and you’re constantly battling for space, you might consider moving out. But finding a good place is a nice neighborhood is difficult these days and if you love the house you’re living in, moving isn’t the best option. However, you’re still going to need that extra space, the kids aren’t going to stop growing and the place will get more and more cramped as time goes by. Your best option here is to build an extension on the house. It’s a great way to get the space you need and add value to your home, but you shouldn’t rush into it. If you get it wrong, you’ll be stuck with a half rate extension on your house and it’ll cost you a lot to fix it. If you’re thinking about building an extension, make sure you don’t make these mistakes.






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Not Doing Enough Research




There’s a lot of work that goes into building an extension and there are a lot of decisions you have to make. That’s why doing plenty of research before you start is essential because there are a lot of things you need to know about building an extension. You need to find the right designer, look into how to do planning permission applications, work out who’s going to build it for you etc. If you rush into any of those decisions without doing a good amount of research first, you might end up with a bad design or a poor workmanship. If you know anybody else that has recently had an extension, you should speak with them and get some advice before you move forward.




Not Getting Insurance




When you make large scale changes to your home like building an extension, it affects your home insurance policy and some insurers won’t cover the house any more. If you just leave it and you don’t check whether you’re still covered or not, you’ll be in big trouble if you get broken into. Before you even start building, get in touch with your insurance company and let them know about the planned extension. Then you can update your insurance policy so you’re still covered.




Rushing Through Planning Permission




Planning permission is a bit of a pain and nobody wants to jump through all of those hoops, but it’s a big mistake to rush through it or skip certain parts. It might make things quicker and you can start construction first but it might come back to bite you. The authorities are willing to knock down an extension even after it’s completely finished. Check with the local authorities and find out what the procedure is. Make sure that you do everything by the book and you won’t have any problems.




Forgetting Your Neighbours




Your neighbours will have a say in the planning permission application because the extension might impact their view etc. If you don’t handle the situation properly, they might be annoyed and they’ll be far less likely to give you their blessing. You should go straight round to your neighbours and speak to them about it. Then you can compromise on a design and size for the extension that they’re happy with.




Forgetting About Waste




Building an extension is a very disruptive process and it creates a whole lot of mess. But you’d be surprised how often people forget that. Your contractors might deal with it for you but you’ll need to find an expert rubbish removal to get rid of the bulk of it. If you forget about this until you’re nearing the end of the build, you’ll end up with a big pile of rubbish outside your house until you can make arrangements to get rid of it.




Choosing The Wrong Materials




When you’re designing the extension, you need to think long and hard about your choice of materials. The most important thing here is to make sure that the extension blends well with the rest of the house, otherwise, it’ll stick out like a sore thumb and ruin the exterior. Try to find materials that are as close to the original building materials as possible. However, you also need to consider how the materials work together. Combining modern building materials with older ones can sometimes damage the original house. You should seek the advice of your contractors here and they’ll be able to help you come up with a design that is stable and fits well with the existing house.




If you can get through the build without making any of these mistakes, you’ll come out with a great extension.