Going through an extension of your home can be a stressful time and knowing what needs to be done can help deal with some of the stress. At Mac+Wood we like to take the stress out of most situations so you can truly experience the design and quality of our products. Below is our check list to follow when building an extension whether it be in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or your living room.
Keep costs under control
Costs of a renovation or extension can be cumbersome sometimes and it helps to know where your money is going while the works take place. Remember to consider all additional costs while planning. Additional costs that you should consider are those of the planning and building regulation fees. These vary depending on the size of the project.
Timed to perfection
Once you have accepted your plans with whomever you have employed for the works, you can lodge the plans with your local council. Planning consultation can take up to 8 weeks and building regulations up to 4 weeks.
Choose the right builder
When searching for a building contractor, the best way to proceed is to get many different quotes from several companies. Check if all supplies are included to avoid surprises along the line. Discuss all the features you would like to add with your contractor as they are experienced and can guide you to avoid mistakes. Also, remember to look at their previous works to ensure their quality.
Think about the neighbours
We all know neighbours can be tough to please especially if you have builders around for long periods of time. It is a good idea to ensure that the extension will blend in with the other properties on the street. Getting neighbours involved during the initial stages of design can save a lot of time and money later down the line if they do have any objections or concerns. Even if you are legally entitled to make changes that they oppose, it could be better to compromise than make potentially life-long enemies.
Remember: You’re the boss!
Throughout the course of the project, you may end up dealing with a large number of builders, plasterers, plumbers, roofers and others. The most important thing is to remember is that you are in charge and it is your money.
Don’t be afraid to ask what someone is doing and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’. If you want to make changes once a project has started, make them with your project manager or the building contractor you hired, not the team carrying out the work. Specialist trades people will be able to offer you quality advice, but the decision is ultimately yours, and you should not feel pressured into doing something you don’t want or can’t afford to do.