June 18, 2024

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Extension

Extending your home is one of the best things you can do for it; extensions add a significant amount of value to a given home, and add a great degree of personal value too! But building one is a serious endeavour, and costly to boot. What are some key ways for you to make the most of your home extension project?

Strategy and Contingency

First, it is important to consider the extension construction process as an indelible part of the whole endeavour. Your concerns should not just be with how to properly design your space or dress it after the fact, but also with the various ways in which the construction process can be streamlined – or could otherwise go wrong.

Renovation and extension insurance should be one of your first considerations, to protect the value you pour into the build and to remove roadblocks in the event of an unforeseen circumstance like inclement weather. Any designs should be properly squared away with a licensed architect, and double-checked with contractor teams to ensure every step works in harmony with one another.

Planning and Space Design

Next up, though, you get to address the specifics of your extension space itself. Here, it is important to ask yourself what you need, as opposed to what you want alone. As a growing family, you might simply benefit from increased living space, or might be in need of increased in-built storage to manage your growing need for supplies. Your extension might be an office space, that would benefit from large levels of natural light and plenty of electrical outlets. These considerations should be made early, to ensure a practical and enjoyable design.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a particularly prescient topic of conversation at present, for more than one reason. The spectre of climate crisis hangs heavy over the nation, but so too does the inflated cost of gas and electricity precipitated in late 2020.

Incorporating insulation and triple-glazed windows can help improve the passive eco-friendliness of any new build, assisting in reducing the amount of heating required to keep the space comfortable. The extension could also be a good opportunity to consider an alternative form of heating, such as under-floor heating over conventional radiators.

A Harmonious Interior

Finally, we come to the fun part: decoration. Here is where all your planning and hard work comes together, and becomes truly tangible. With the right approach to harmonious interior design, you can create a truly rewarding space; you could even take some inspiration from earlier considerations to help you along. For example, dressing your space with natural materials can echo the sustainable nature of your build, or storage solutions could be custom-made to suit your specific needs. Colour schemes are make-or-break for a space, so careful consideration also needs giving here.