Augment Your House with Affordable and Different Home Extensions
What is a home extension?
Extending the dimensions of your house to accommodate another room, bathroom, terrace, or any other constructive activity is popularly referred to as home extensions. It helps you add space to your existing house without having to move, and with families who have a large brood, it’s a viable option, provided you have the funds as well as clearance from the authorities.
Things to keep in mind before starting:
Experts say that the way to go about it is to extend as well as not lose out on investment. Even the tiniest amounts of home extensions have to have a lot of practical thought behind it, or else you end up with further problems down the road while doing other renovations and remodelling in the future. Some of the things to mull over are the soil conditions, the services you’d like, surrounding trees if any, flood inspection, and lastly; the right of access, which can be a bone of contention between neighbours f you don’t get it right.
The right to light:
Make sure you get this straightened out before starting off on home extensions. You might find your neighbour raising objections and stalling your plans with the claim that they have a legal right to access of light to one or more windows of their own house, which your extension plans will extinguish. This law can override any kind of planning permission you may have including your developmental rights. Basically you cannot block out a neighbour’s window, you wouldn’t like it to be done to you so why not the other way round? This issue is relevant in urban areas where people jostle for space and if you find yourself in a spot over this, consulting a specialist lawyer is highly recommended.
How to start an extension:
Most people start off with a vague idea of what they would like to add as home extensions and in due course of time, consult with structural engineers in order to evaluate the viability of the extension as well as the load bearing capacity of the building. Many things you considered useful, would not be of much practical importance to a structural engineer whose primary concern is the strength of the house and your safety and wellbeing, for which he’ll be liable in case anything fails. Try and reach a middle ground where you compromise on your expectations along with his recommendations.
Financing the extension:
Home extensions can be financed in a number of ways. Self-finance is the best recommended as you have the reins in your hands. However, this is always not possible and other ways to go about it are through are interest free credit cards, personal loans from banks, or a remortgage/ separate loan. However you do need to be vigilant about repayments on time.
Roping in a designer and a builder:
Home extensions are a matter of personal achievement and pride, so hire the best designer around within your budget, and someone who comes recommended is preferable. Also be sure to ink up a proper deal with the builder.