Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Hassles of Extending Your Home and How to avoid them

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So after much contemplation, persuading your loved ones and finding the cash, it is now time to add the conservatory to the house. Dozens of catalogues have been sent for and many, many Internet searches made. All the family have different needs for such a small room and it is slowly dawning on you that this small room comes with big problems. Who will design it? Who will build it and who approves it? There are many competent architects from Lincolnshire to London to Luton and many good builders too. However, what if you could do it yourself and imagine the bragging rights? After your idea somehow wins approval of the family or housemates, it is time to start planning.

A Bit of Planning

The first thing to do is to draw up your plans, this usually means getting out there with a tape measure, deciding whether to use imperial and not metric and checking out the floor plan to see if it provides an ideal position for an extension. You will also want to find out the current market price for your home and the predicted value after adding an extension, as your efforts and cash could leave you financially worse off in the end. Once the facts start to support (or interfere) with your dream, you will want to know what wood, glass and materials to purchase. Another detail is whether the extension will need planning permission. A quick call to a local builder or an architectural consultant will solve your problem; you even ask one of them to come and give a quote.

The Builder

You may receive an early morning visit from the builder and his assistant who will review your idea and provide you with a rough quote to ponder on. It will be at some point while reading that a terrible truth dawns. Builders and architectural consultants work and live in a different world from ordinary people. What to most people is a roof is instead a complicated mathematical equation; it needs precise measurement and strict building methods if it is not to collapse under snowfall or a birds nest. The cost of materials is unfathomable and with the calculation of labour and VAT, it leaves most people wishing they had not started the project.

At this point, it may be time for a new strategy, call a family or housemate meeting and explain that due to unforeseen problems, the project needs professional help. The extension needs three things, first a properly designed plan (from a firm of local architectural consultants), a good local builder and a bit of luck.

Before committing any time and money to a project it is recommended that you have an understanding of the value and impact an extension will have on your property and also it is important to approach architectural consultants in Lincolnshire or your preferred area to get plans.

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