4 Steps to Planning a Successful House Extension

Construction & Contractors Blog

Homeowners are often faced with the dilemma of deciding whether or not to extend their property. Extending your home can cause stress, but by following a few simple steps, you can reduce the chance of problems arising.

Be realistic

An extension doesn't mean that you have to build the most extensive extension possible. Generally, it's important to think about what your needs are and how much space you have to spare. A very large extension could lead to problems when it comes to planning permission. When looking at the amounts of floor space available for conversion, remember that cupboards or wardrobes will not count towards the final amount of usable floor area in the finished extension.

Inform your neighbours

Before you get planning permission for your extension, make sure that you've discussed your plans with the owners of your adjoining properties. Doing so can lead to better communication which increases the chance of successfully solving disputes. By overcoming disputes in advance, you can reduce the risk of oppositions being raised during the consultation period before permission is granted. Even if you are unable to satisfy or come to an agreement with your neighbours, you will at least have an idea of the opposition you may face.

Do your research

By doing some research, you'll be able to speed up the planning process, making the whole extension easier to get through. Before you start building, make sure that your planning application is granted. You should also check that you have the right permissions in place before building work starts. If you are in any doubt about the suitability of your plans, you should ask your local authority what you need to do. You should then find out what types of extensions would be allowed on your plot and how big they can be. 

Consult a construction contractor

It's important to find a reliable contractor that specialises in extensions. By dealing with established companies you will be able to get the help you need more easily, whether it be for design work or supplying any materials that you require. A construction company will also be able to provide professional advice that may help you get your extension built quicker and with less hassle.

If you would like to find out more, contact a company which offers house extension building services today. A member of the team will be happy to help you.


16 September 2021

Finding the Best Contractors for the Job

Welcome to my blog, my name is Blake and from now on, I will be writing a series of blogs which will deal with the process of finding and working with contractors when constructing a new building. I am not a construction specialist but last summer I gained a lot of experience in this area when I hired a team of 32 contractors to build a holiday home. When hiring contractors, it is important that you understand how to communicate with them and their ways of working. Below are a series of blogs which will help you to find the best contractors.