A family grows, the kids are older now, and suddenly the house the once thought was a mansion is small and cramped. Suddenly there are hallway verbal fights that someone is taking too long in the shower. In another scenario, a couple is well advanced in years and are hoping to start entertaining guests for dinner parties and wish to have a patio at the back.
For whatever reason, most people are faced with the need for expanding their home, and if this thought has plagued you, then you have come to the right place. With these few tips, we’ll give you an idea of what to start as you embark on the journey.
What do you need?
Before calling out a designer to draft an extension to the den, might you perhaps need an extra bathroom in the guest bedroom? We ask this because most people forget that there are needs and want when in a house. Make a clear assessment of what the inconveniences have been in the past few years (or months if it’s a new home) and focus on addressing those first. Sure it might not be what you want at the time, but it’ll sure bring more peace in the household.
Get a plan and a professional team
The next step is sorting services from professional, either an architect or designer. They can customize your home to meet your needs in a design that’s unique to you. You want to choose the right person for your job as their output will determine the value of the house when you’re ready to sell the property. For that reason, do a thorough job in qualifying them.
After that, sit with them and articulate your vision. Don’t be entirely mindful of the back and forth you’re likely to have (“add residential skylights here, expand this…”), it’s necessary if you wish to get what you want. Using the same due process, once you have a plan, look for a contractor and the team required. They will issue a budget, and depending on your pockets, you’ll be able to proceed.
Permits and other relevant documentation
You don’t want to be mid-construction only to have someone from the housing development coming to a halt the project. The next part, therefore, is getting a go-ahead from relevant authorities before starting the project. This part is likely to be the professional’s work, but opt to get involved in only to learn the ropes of the industry.
Once you get the permits, you’re in the home stretch. There might be hitches along the way, such as a budgetary increase or misunderstanding between the designer and contractor. All the same, keep the goal in mind to help you navigate bumpy patches in the home extension process.