House extension planning - exploring the options
The term 'planning' within the house extension field can mean one of two things. The requirement
to obtain formal Planning approval or simply planning out the layout and design of the house extension with your
designer or architect prior to formal applications being submitted to the council.
Planning out the layout and the external visual design of a house extension is probably the
most important element of the whole house extension process. Do not rush the design build up with your
architect or home extension designer no matter how quickly you want the extension to be completed. Getting it
wrong will be disastrous later on when the penny drops and you could be looking at abortive fees and wasted
Make sure you explore all the design options with your house extension designer. This could be roof
options (pitched, flat, hipped gable), material selection (matching or contrasting), siting of the works
(could remodelling the existing layout provide a better location for the extension), what other upgrade works to
the existing property may also be required (as this will impact on your overall construction budget)...
There are many many more variables that only a good experienced home extension designer or architect can
assist you with when planning your house extension.
You should also be realistic with your available budget and always allow for a healthy contingency sum to
be included for the unexpected deviations that can often happen.
House extension planning can also include external landscaping as most works will severely disrupt the existing
external land surrounding the main home and this can be a great opportunity to enhance the house extension design
with clever use of hard and soft landscaping design - again your experienced house extension designer or
architect can normally assist you in this process.
Planning your house extension correctly takes time and with some added reflective thought, can provide a sound
foundation for a great house extension that will unlikely need to be adjusted during the build process on site
which will save you time and reduce those dreaded builders extras.