Renovations and house extensions can completely change the dynamics of your home. When changes are needed to better suit your desired standard of living, extensions or renovations can be done in place of moving into an entirely new property.

We’ve put together a list of things you need to know before making such changes to your home.

Building regulations and permits

Before house extensions can even be considered, they must be approved under Building Regulations and Permitted Development Rights. These are parameters put in place to ensure extensions and properties under development meet a list of requirements, including but not limited to fire safety, energy efficiency, structure and ventilation.

For renovations, these regulations will mainly apply where structural alterations are made or additions with minimum requirements under Building Regs.

How big the extension should be

When considering a house extension, you need to consider it from the perspective of how much is being added to the house, as well as the logical measurements of the extension itself. Consider what structural designs the extension can adopt that create more atmospheric space without making the structure itself too large.

Property value

For renovations or extensions to a property, it’s important to look at how much value is being added to the property when the changes are made. The difference in value-added to the home afterwards should be more than the costs of the extension or renovation.

Choosing the right contractors

There is usually a range of architectural agencies and designers you can choose from to start the renovation or extension project with, but it’s important to choose one who can work effectively towards the goals you want for your home. At R&K Design and Build Contractors, we eliminate the need for third parties and work to efficient time schedules, whether it’s for designing, home extensions or renovations. Contact us today to talk about your home extension requirements.