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  • Writer's pictureRobert McBride

5 mistakes to avoid when extending your home

Considering an extension to add a bedroom, living space, or a new kitchen? It's a fantastic idea, but let's steer clear of the common home extension mistakes. We've identified some prevalent errors during the design and building phases and are here to guide you on the right path.


1) Overlooking the Broader Vision

The purpose of a home extension is to seamlessly integrate additional space with your existing home. It's crucial to consider the overall layout of your house.

Questions to ponder include:

  • How will the new space improve the overall flow of your house?

  • Have you considered how the new rooms will fit in with the existing layout?

  • Who will be utilizing the new space, and how will it add value to your property?

A poorly designed extension not only fails to enhance your home but can also make existing rooms appear dark and unappealing.


2) Neglecting Planning Approval

Impatience to commence construction can lead to the oversight of essential planning approvals. Pushing ahead without verifying regulations can result in having to demolish the extension. Waiting for council approval may seem inconvenient, but it's a crucial step to avoid costly mistakes later on.

Types of extensions that may require planning permission or lawful development certification include:

  • Basement extension

  • Rear extension

  • Side extension

  • Front extension

  • Wrap-around extension

  • Multi-storey extension

  • Roof extension

  • Additional floor extension

Skipping the approval process is a risky gamble that can have severe consequences.


3) Forgetting About Neighbours

Regardless of your relationship with neighbours, keeping them informed about your renovation plans is essential. Adhering to the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is crucial to avoid construction interruptions and unnecessary conflicts. Obtaining your neighbours' agreement through official channels is a wise approach.


4) Choosing Dubious Designers

Finding reliable designers and builders is paramount. Conduct thorough research, ask for references, and scrutinize past work to gauge competence. Consider appointing a designer as your Contract Administrator and Project Manager to ensure a smooth construction process.


5) Selecting the Wrong Materials

Material selection is critical. If using permitted development, materials must match the existing house. With planning permission, there's more flexibility, but the external appearance should still harmonize with your house and the surrounding properties.

Professional advice is invaluable when selecting materials, considering the long-term impact and avoiding potential damage to your property.

In conclusion, working with top-notch designers and builders is the key to a successful project. Avoiding these common mistakes can save you both money and frustration. If you're considering an extension, reach out to Studio Mass for expert guidance tailored to your needs.

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