A home extension is a perfect way to increase the floor space of your home. Home extensions are an ideal return on investment (ROI) project since they improve the value and appeal of your home. If you wish to create a home extension, below are some tips to guide you with your extension project.
Assess The Law
Similar to new home construction, you must follow the law when creating an extension. Below are some of the regulations that could affect your home extension project:
- The building code will prescribe the required structural features for the extension. Typically, the foundation, pillars and slabs should meet a certain standard.
- The zoning regulations could determine the size of the extension and how you should extend your home. For instance, you could be prohibited from making a vertical extension.
- The strata bylaws will determine the design of the extension. Typically, it should blend in with the design of your home and neighbouring properties.
Integrate The Extension Into Your Home Design
How do you intend to use the extension? Ideally, the extension should be such that it integrates with your home's internal and external design. In such a way, it becomes inconspicuous, and people will have a difficult time realising that the house has an extension. To achieve this, you will have to pull down some interior walls to ensure the rooms are even.
Work With A Skilled Architect
Hire an experienced architect to create blueprints for the extension. Ideally, the professional will require the original plans to identify the structural and supporting features of the house. They will use them to determine the supports the new building requires. Your architect should help you get approval for the new blueprints.
Work With An Local Contractor
Below are a few tips to help you when hiring a contractor for your home extension project:
- Ask the contractor for their portfolio to establish if they have conducted similar works in the past. A contractor based in your locality could have a comprehensive understanding of the building code and related regulations.
- Ask the contractor to create a project time frame to determine how long it will take to complete the project. Although you would want to move in the shortest possible time, you should not compromise on quality.
- Your contractor should have adequate finances. It is especially so if the project is bank-financed.
- The contractor must have adequate liability coverage.
When creating a home extension, assess the law, integrate the extension into your home design, work with a skilled architect and hire an experienced contractor.