Planning to extend? Take some advice from experts...
THERE are different reasons for building an extension. You might want to create more space for a new addition to the family. You might want to transform your loft into a study space. Or you might want to boost the value of your home. Whatever the reason, as with any property project, building an extension requires strategy and planning, not to mention patience. TONY SAFFERT, head of Strutt & Parker’s building surveying department, offers some advice to get you started.
Don’t neglect usable space
“When I go out and look at properties where an extension is being considered, I’m often surprised at how much under-utilised space there is. Extensions can be expensive, so a starting point is to think about how you could change your existing space to fit your needs. You’d be surprised at how even minor alterations can change the look and feel of a house.
“The way we use our homes has changed. Think about it: when was the last time you actually used your dining room? These days we often eat in the kitchen or the living room, making your dining room a massive space going virtually unused.
“Sliding walls and doors could be fitted in the dining room to optimise the space. Why not expand the size of your kitchen by taking down a wall? Can you optimise your existing space? If so, you might not even need an extension.