Tips for planning a home extension

Here at David Haworth Architectural Design, home extensions are our area of expertise. We work with a range of homeowners and property developers to make sure that the home extension will meet the requirements. And a big part of this, which is often overlooked, is the planning process. As a result, we have produced these tips for planning a home extension.

The budget

The budget should always be the place to start when it comes to any home improvements. But it is definitely an important consideration for home extensions. So before you do anything else, make sure you know what your budget is. And make sure to leave some wiggle room for any additional costs that may arise, or unforeseen problems.

The purpose

One of the most important tips for planning a home extension is the purpose of the work. Do you want a new living room or a new bedroom? A new office or a kitchen? The reason for your home extension will determine the alterations you will make and services you will need.

Planning permission

While for some home extensions you may not need planning permission, for others you will. And it is good practice to always check with the local authority before you start the ball rolling.

Impact on the neighbours, and the area you live are two of the important planning permission considerations, and you should think about these before you proceed.

Hire an architect

Building a new loft conversion, or an orangery might seem straightforward, but without an architect, huge mistakes can be made. If you are making changes to your property, you will need the services of an expert. In fact, as part of the planning application, you may have to include plans produced by a qualified architect.

For help with your home extension project, give David Haworth a call today.