Look at your home. Are you happy with it? Do you want to add more living space? Perhaps it’s time for an extension. 

When it comes to extending your home, it takes more than just deciding to extend it. It involves a lot of preparations and requirements. That is why we will be taking a closer look at the things you need to do to successfully manage this project. 

Get approved. All properties rest on a piece of land and planning permission controls any kind of development made on it. Depending on how big your extension is and how it is designed, you might need to apply for permission for it. Every Local Authority has a special set of laws for such projects, which is why it is advisable that you should look for a designer who is very familiar with the local rules. As a general rule of thumb, the architecture of your house extension should complement the architecture of your locale. 

If, for instance, you are not required to fulfil any planning permission, you will be required to get Building Regulation Approval.  Building Regulations are a set of rules that govern the proper construction of buildings. 

In some cases, both planning permission and building regulation approval are needed so it’s always a good idea to work with architects and contractors who know how this works in your local area. If you want to know more about planning permissions and building permissions, feel free to check out Planning Portal

Be a good neighbour. You have to remember that your house extension may need planning permission and the local planning authority’s approval may depend on the presence of objection to your proposal. So that you can overcome this challenge even before you submit an application for planning permission, it would be wise to talk about it with your neighbours. Show them what you are planning to do and why it is important for you. If you take the time to talk to them and present your proposal, there is a great chance that they will understand and, hopefully, present no objections to the local planning authority. 

Establish a house extension budget. Although setting up a budget sounds easy, sticking to it might be harder than you though. It is quite easy to overspend on construction projects. It is always a good idea to add a 10 to 20% to your budget as a contingency fund. 

You also have to take into account various fees that are involved in your project; architect fees, local planning authority fees, consultancy fees and contractor fees. Be realistic with your project. Bringing your dreams into reality means collaborating with numerous people and that means setting aside a budget to cover their fees. 

The purpose of your construction project. Ask yourself why you need it. Is it to accommodate more people within your living space? Is it meant to set aside a specific area in your house as a home office? Do you want your extra space to serve as a nook where you can relax and do your favourite hobbies or do you want to extend your kitchen so that you can do more and cook more for your loved ones? 

Knowing your reason for extending your house is important in the creation of interior design and the setting of the budget. As they say, if you know what you want, you will eventually get what you want. 

Don’t forget your surroundings. Take into consideration your neighbourhood and your garden. A great house extension design will not only consider the architecture of the house but also the look and feel of the neighbourhood and your outside space. The new living space should complement what’s already in place so that it will look seamless as soon as it’s done. Landscaping may not be your priority but it will help create a living space that you can proudly call your own!

Be creative. Since it is your own living space, take the time to add your creative juice to it. Give it a ‘wow’ factor by giving it a fresh design that can seamlessly blend in with your present interior design. If this means building a loft or garage in your property, you can think outside the box and make your interiors stand out. If your main goal in extending your house is to add a fresh look to your living space, designs that are out of the box will surely work wonders for you. But no matter how quirky and innovative your interior designs are, always make sure that it will showcase your personality.

Find the right contractor. If you want your house extension to be compliant with the laws of planning permission and building regulations, as well as make it the best possible living space for you and your loved ones, it is vital to choose a reliable contractor with many years of experience in the field of construction. 

To make your house extension dreams a reality, you must be open about what you want to your chosen contractor. Tell them your expectations and ask them if they can fully interpret what you want and fulfil it. 

House extensions don’t have to be a dreadful experience. As long as you choose the right people to do the job, everything, as they say, is in good hands.

Whether you want to extend your living room or need an extra bedroom for guests, R & R Design and Build Contractors Ltd can help. Our team has been making bespoke house extensions in Swindon for many years and are more than ready to come up with unique designs that will suit your house extensions needs. 

If you are ready to undertake a cost-effective house conversion, we can discuss your available space and requirements to offer you a cost-effective solution. For more information, get in touch with our experts on 01793 820 900 or info@r-r-designandbuild.com today!