Extending your home

EXTENDING YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET

House extensions are not cheap but here are some simple pointers on how to keep your home extension budget as low as possible. 
Having a fixed and limited budget needn’t discourage you from adding an extension to your home. There are plenty of ways you can create a good-looking and functional new space by planning and designing it with cost know-how in mind.

double storey extension design, planning and building regulations in Birmingham and surrounding areas
single storey extension design, planning and building regulations in Birmingham and surrounding areas
single storey extension design, planning and building regulations in Birmingham and surrounding areas

Use an Architectural Designer, not an Architect!

They will both provide similar services for a domestic extension; however, the price tag will be miles apart.

Keep it simple!

The more angles and corners you have in your extension, then the more money you will pay. A simple rectangle or square extension will be the cheapest option.

Save on Planning Fee’s

Save on Planning Fee’s by making sure your Extension falls within Permitted Development Rights. Read more on permitted development here.

Avoid any made to order products.

Stick to standard-size doors and windows. Velux windows in the roof will be a lot cheaper than a roof lantern. Or to really cut the costs don’t have any roof windows.

Reuse, Recycle or Repair.

Just because you’re getting a new extension it doesn’t mean you need everything new. Floor boards can be sanded or painted, the same can be said for kitchen units and work tops. Buy Salvaged materials, try second hand shops or salvage yards, it will be a lot cheaper then buying everything new.

Mistakes cost money

Mistakes cost money – but you can avoid or at least minimise them by having accurate scaled plans in place before work starts. This will mean you don’t over-order on materials, and it will prevent work having to be undone and redone. Measuring everything on site, rather than off your plans, can also help reduce wastage.

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double storey extension design, planning and building regulations in Birmingham and surrounding areas
single storey extension design, planning and building regulations in Birmingham and surrounding areas

Another alternative to keeping your budget low is simply removing walls in the home’s interior and opting for an open-plan design this can make the space feel larger without the need to physically add more space. Its also helpful to stick to a design as some design changes can cost you more money. Whether your project managing or just ordering your own materials to save money, getting the timings of deliveries right to save on wasted labor, this is a good way to save money as a site with no one working on it is costly, so materials need to arrive on time.

Spending time planning the smallest of details can save you money and cut extension costs further down the line. By specifying everything from light fittings and socket locations to flooring and wall colours at the outset, you’ll save money on the cost of making alterations or snap decisions at a later stage.

Design the build around off-the-shelf products, such as standard-size doors and windows. Avoid any products that must be made to order; instead, choose materials that are readily available and easy to use. So, stick to cast concrete for the sub-floor; concrete blockwork for the walls; brick, render or timber cladding; and a softwood timber roof structure. Try rooflights instead of dormer windows.

If possible, avoid complicated groundworks, such as building near to trees or drains and sewers, or other buried services, as these will increase groundwork costs. Remember, though, that if you live in a period or character property, your choices will be limited.

3 Ways to Improve Your Terraced Home

In the UK more than a quarter of all houses are terraced. With their solid walls and original features, the last decade has seen this house style surge in popularity.

CK Architectural Birmingham - Loft Conversion and Dormer Roof Extension in West Midlands
CK Architectural Birmingham - Single Storey Extension
CK Architectural Birmingham - Loft Conversion and Dormer Roof Extension in West Midlands

New Kitchen Extension

Most kitchens in terraced homes are small narrow rooms to the rear or the property with direct access to the garden with a passage to the side. The easiest and most popular way to extend the kitchen would be to extend into the side return. This will usually add 1-2m in width creating a good-sized space, big enough for the open-plan kitchen and family room most people want

Loft Conversion

Loft Conversions are the cheapest way to extend your home, so there is no wonder people are increasingly looking upwards for more space.  Before you do anything make sure the minimum height in the loft is 2.3 metres at the pitch.  You will need to consider enough head space for the staircase access also. A good Architectural Designer will be able to give you an idea of how much space you will have and different design options.

Porch

By adding a porch to your terraced home it will stop all the heat escaping from the home on wintery days and can be a handy storage place for coats and shoes. It’s an edition to the home that doesn’t usually require Planning Permission, however there are some instances it will. Not only will a new porch ass more space to your home but it will improve the curb appeal.

CK Architectural Birmingham - Single Storey Extension in West Midlands
CK Architectural Birmingham - Single Storey Extension

Self-builders will find it easier to kick-start dreams of building a home with the launch of new registers to support builders find plots.

The latest scheme put in place from the governments department or housing and building. This follows on from the self build finance initiative put in place on 2014. This latest legislation will see that local councils keep a record of self-builders application and projects. The idea being that good design and well built new homes will get additional support from their local planning officers. Again in principle it seems like a great way forward, but we know from first hand experience planning departments seem to work negatively on new applications.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“Many other countries have a track record of delivering large numbers of local homes through self-build and we’re determined to ensure self and custom housebuilding grows significantly.”

“The new registers are a fantastic example of our commitment to double the number of custom and self build homes by 2020 – so anyone who wishes to design their dream house can do so.”

“This government is committed to increasing housing supply and helping more people achieve their aspiration of home ownership – whether that’s buying on the open market through schemes like Help to Buy, or by building or commissioning their own home.”

The reaction from those in power is as yet to be seen, but we can but hope to gain more proactive attitudes from those in principle positions

Source gov.uk

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