Building a House Extension on a Budget

Remodeling your home with an extension is an excellent way to add value or create the space you need when you can’t afford to move house. You may find that the investment more than pays for itself over time, but that doesn’t mean that these sort of changes are cheap. By planning the project properly and trying to stick to a budget you will find that things go a lot more smoothly.

The first thing you will need to do is determine how much money you are willing to spend. Once you have established your budget, allocate ninety to ninety-five percent of your budget as what you actually intend to spend. The remaining five to ten percent is the amount that will cover any unseen issues.

Next, you will want to decide on what room you want to extend. Focus on that room only until you are finished, and then you can think of other rooms you would like to make bigger. Many people that are remodeling or expanding their house get caught up with the thought of doing other rooms “next”. For now, just so that you do not get in over your head, focus on one area, and get it right.

If your kitchen is extremely small, and you have a large family this might be the ideal place to start. Or, if you need another bedroom because you are having a child this might be more useful to concentrate on. These are other reasons such as if you are trying to sell your house which might influence your decision.

If you are on a budget, you should try to purchase items that have lasting value instead of what many people do, which is to buy items that look nice but are not of good quality. It is important that whatever you do now will add to the value of the home. A house extension that opens up the living space, dining space, and kitchen (making it much like an open floor plan home) is almost guaranteed to bring a higher selling price for your home, but getting the best quality finish you can afford will contribute to that.Adding more windows to the home, allowing more natural sunlight into the house also adds value to the property.

Do not cut back on important items by purchasing or using cheap materials. Because you live with your decisions or a long time, it is worth making good ones. “Value for money” involves getting a quality product and service for a competitive price. You need to be sure the extension is done properly because poorly dug foundations, badly insulated walls, cheap, ill-filled windows and bad details around the house are costly to repair.

To protect your home and new extension, you should ensure that all the work done to your home complies with regulations, the work is fully certified to comply with Building Regulations, a Planning consent form is obtained or the work is signed off as “exempted development”. These are the kind of mistakes that can make a budget spiral out of control.

A house extension enhances the value of the house if the existing rooms in the house are not compromised by the changes. The layout of the new and existing spaces need to be properly integrated, and lastly, the orientation, natural light and external spaces should be optimized by any changes that you make.

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