Home Extensions: Your Questions Answered

 

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Are you short on space at home, is your family expanding, or are you hoping to add value to your property? If you’re tired of stumbling over stuff, you dream of a larger, brighter family kitchen, or you’re keen to add an extra bathroom, bedroom or a home office, have you thought about extending your home? Home extensions can provide you with the additional space you need at the same time as boosting the value of your house. Often, when a lack of space becomes an issue, people assume that they need to move, but what if you love your home, and you don’t want to relocate? Extending can provide you with the perfect solution. If you’re toying with the idea of extending your home, it’s highly likely that you have questions. Hopefully, this guide will give you the answers you need to make a decision.

 

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Quick Access Contents:

Your questions answered

Where to start with home extensions?

How should I plan for a home extension?

Are home extensions worth it?

How much do house extensions cost?

How long do home extensions take?

Is it easy to DIY home extensions?

Do I need building regulations for a small extension?

Can a normal builder do home extensions, or do you need a specialist?

Can I still live at home while home extensions are underway?

 

Your questions answered

 

Where to start with home extensions?

An extension is not a simple DIY job you can complete on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This is a major project, which requires meticulous planning and input from experts. If you’re thinking about adding an extension to your house, you may be wondering where to start. Perhaps the best thing to do when you’re at the very beginning of the journey is to think about where you would extend, and how you would use the additional space.

Many people choose to add a single or double storey extension at the back of their home, but it may also be possible to extend to the side. It’s common to utilise extensions to create a larger kitchen, and also to add an extra bedroom, a study, or an additional lounge or snug. Once you have home extension ideas in mind, the next step is to get an idea of prices and learn more about the processes involved in transforming sketches into results. At Smith & Sons, we can discuss your plans with you, go through some design options, and give you an accurate estimate of cost.

 

How should I plan for a home extension?

A home extension may disrupt your normal day to day life. If you’re having your house extended, and major work is being carried out, you may not be able to stay at home throughout the duration of the project. If this is the case, it’s wise to plan ahead and make sure you’ve got somewhere to go while the most significant phases of the project are underway.

As well as preparing yourself for the practical impact of building work, it’s also essential to keep an eye on your finances. If you’re planning a house extension, make sure you know exactly how much you can afford to spend in total, and that you’re aware of how that affects your budget moving forward. Some people find that they have to cut back in other areas to fund the build.

 

Are home extensions worth it?

Home extensions can be an incredible addition to your home, but sometimes, they may not be the best option. If you love your home, and you don’t really want to move, adding an extension could solve all your problems. If you don’t love your existing home, or you know that an extension wouldn’t provide the answers to all the issues, then it may be better to consider moving. In terms of investment, house extensions often represent good value for money because they boost the value of your property. Provided that you set a suitable budget for the work, you should find that you reap the financial rewards when it comes to selling your home. Extensions can also make properties unique, and there’s the obvious benefit of enjoying more space. If you bought a house, rather than building a home, adding an extension also gives you an element of control over the design, and you can put your stamp on this part of the house. When you’re thinking about whether or not to extend your home, weigh up the pros and cons, and then make a decision. You need to make sure that an extension works for you and your family. If you need advice, our friendly team at Smith & Sons will be happy to help.

Sometimes, homeowners find themselves in a situation where they’re weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of extending and renovating. If you’re thinking about extensions v renovations, it’s wise to consider how much extra space you need, and whether renovating your home would give you the room you need. If you need an extra bedroom, for example, and you have an attic, you may find that a loft conversion is an ideal option for you.

If you’re dying for a spacious kitchen, you’d like an extra living room or a playroom, and you need an en-suite bedroom, it’s likely that extending is the best option. If you’re unsure about which route to take, and you’d like advice, we will be happy to help. Simply contact us, and we can discuss your ideas and make recommendations based on your circumstances, the usable space you have available, and your budget.

 

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How much do house extensions cost?

 

It’s impossible to give an answer to this question because every project is different. As you can see from our home extensions gallery on our website, extensions come in all shapes and sizes and some require a lot more work than others. There are many factors that will affect the cost of a home extension, including:

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  • The scale of the project: extensions can range from adding a simple garden room to building a vast two-storey extension

  • How much labour is involved

  • The existing structure of the building

  • Building regulations and restrictions in your local area

  • The types of materials, fixtures and fittings you choose

  • The cost of plumbing and electrical work

Every homeowner wants to ensure that they get value for money when modifying, renovating or extending their home. If you have questions about the cost of an extension, you’d like to get more information about the difference between single and double-storey extension prices, or you need a breakdown of costs per square metre, contact Smith & Sons. We can provide you with information and advice based on your individual ideas and requirements. Research suggests that the average home extension in New Zealand costs between $60,000 and $300,000.

 

How long do home extensions take?

Again, this is a really difficult question to answer outright. The truth is that the duration of projects varies, according to the scale of the job, and how much preparatory work is required. In some cases, it may be possible to complete a house extension in weeks, while in others, it could take months. Once we know what you have in mind, we can give you a more accurate idea of timeframe. The time it takes will depend on the size of the job, but also on the complexity. A single-storey kitchen extension will be completed a lot faster than a double-storey extension with new bedrooms and bathrooms, for example.

 

Is it easy to DIY home extensions?

If you’re a keen amateur when it comes to DIY, or you’re eager to save money on home improvements, you may be thinking about embarking upon a DIY extension. Our advice would be to avoid taking on complex jobs, which carry a high risk of injury and the possibility of undertaking work that isn’t compliant with local regulations. There are jobs that you can do once structural changes have taken place, for example, painting and decorating, and it may be possible to muck in with teams of builders and help out, but in the main, it’s best to leave house extensions to the experts. At Smith & Sons, we have extensive experience in home extensions, and we promise that your home will be in the safest hands.

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Do I need building regulations for a small extension?

If you plan to do work to your home, you’ll need consent. Only very minor jobs are exempt under the Building Act. If you need advice about building regulations, or you don’t know where to start getting the permission you need to extend your home, we are here to help! Contact us, and we’ll do everything we can to simplify the process.

 

Can a normal builder do home extensions, or do you need a specialist?

When you’re looking for a building firm to take on your home extension project, you may come across a number of different options. While a normal builder may be perfectly capable of doing a simple extension, it’s always wise to look for builders who have experience and expertise in home extensions. At Smith & Sons, we have many years of experience in this field, and we have an excellent track record. If you take a moment to have a look at our gallery, you can see the diverse range of projects we’ve worked on, from small-scale additions to double-storey extensions. We have worked with clients all over the country on modern and traditional houses, and we know what it takes to bring about a successful transformation.

We understand the rules and regulations, and we have the skills and the knowledge to turn your vision into a reality. Your home is probably your most precious financial asset, so it makes sense to take every precaution. You want to end up with an extension you love, which will add value to your property, and enhance your enjoyment of your home, so we believe it’s worth looking for the best builders in the business.

 

Can I still live at home while home extensions are underway?

Every home extension is different, and some involve a lot more work than others. It’s very common for homeowners to ask about whether they can remain at home while work is underway. The answer varies according to the individual situation. If the rooms you use most frequently aren’t going to be impacted significantly during the extension, you may be able to stay put. However, if your kitchen is going to be out of action, you’re not going to have use of the bathroom, or the back of the house is going to be removed to make way for new walls, it’s best to move out. Living in the house while extensive work is underway may be stressful, and there are also other factors to consider, such as exposure to dust. Builders can also work faster and more seamlessly if they can tackle the job head-on without having to adapt the process to cater for the homeowners. If you have any questions about moving out, or you’re not sure whether you should stay at home, take out a short-term rental or ask a friend or relative to put you up for a period of time, we can provide you with advice based on your plans. If it would be preferable to leave, it’s always best to be prepared, and we can give you advance warning to enable you to get sorted before the work begins in earnest.

Are you thinking about extending your home? Do you need more space for a growing family, or have you decided to start a business from home? If you’re exploring your options, you may have a host of questions you need answering before you can make a decision. How much will your project cost? Is it worth the hassle? What do you need to do to get started? It’s understandable to have concerns and queries, and it’s always beneficial to gather as much information as possible before you decide whether or not to press on. If you’ve got queries, hopefully, this guide has provided you with some useful, insightful information. If you’re still not sure about whether to take the plunge or not, or you need expert advice to help you plan for a house extension, why not get in touch with us? At Smith & Sons, we have years of experience in renovating and extending homes, and we’re confident we can provide you with the answers you’re looking for. Get in touch today to find out more.


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