Some Interesting Figures Regarding Home Improvement Work
Sainsbury's Home Insurance has found that 31% of those extending their homes opted for extensions to the rear and side of properties over the past 24 months.
After that was conservatories which made up 29%, followed by loft extensions, garage conversions and then small offices in your garden.
Often cited as the reason for these extensions is families wanting to spend more quality time together. The best way to this is by extending the kitchen, and this is exactly what has been happening it seems.
With bigger, more open plan kitchens, families are able to spend more time together discussing the days events while preparing and doing the cooking, washing up and general
Expectations: Before You Start, Are Your Expectations Grounded In Reality?
When planning an extension, there is often a big difference between what you imagine an outcome to be and the final result.
The fault of this, of course, is not being having a grounded understanding of what to expect at the very beginning of the process.
Even before boundary lines and specifics are drawn up, you should take some time to consider exactly what it is that you hope the outcome of your
extension to be. What will your new extension offer you? Will it be both visually and practical? Will the additional space be completely suitable for your needs. This process
is neither that time consuming nor one that demands a financial cost too you. Simply, examine the area, take some measurements and attempt to
envisage the outcome. If you are a proficient at drawing, set out a few rough sketches by drawing a representation of the ideal outcome you have
pictured in your mind, then discuss the drawing and your expectations in some detail with your partner and decide whether your planned extension
is a realistic project to take on. Remember that you do not need to do all the work, a project manager, often your architect could help you a great
deal when the work starts.
When it comes to the best possible utilization of space this task should be simple enough - just a few carefully planned measurements, several carefully
placed ground stakes and some barrier tape or string will tell you all you need to know. Attempting to do this visually without these markers will be
somewhat trickier though, and not something we would recommend you do. Unless you have access to some very expensive graphic design software
you will need to use your mind's eye or an artist's rendering to picture how the different types of materials you wish to use will ensure a seamless flow
between the original structure and the extension.
In addition, consider just how much your new extension will change the overall design of your home from the outside, particularly whether it will look
out of place from all the other houses in your street! The councilors who look after planning permission are far more accepting of alterations which
take their surrounding into account. If your planned design is going to look out of place, do not expect your plans to get approval as quickly or easily
as plans designed to be sympathetic to the local area. Structures are built to purpose, but that does not mean that your local council will approve them.
Consult your local planning officer discuss your ideas with him or her before you commit to continuing any further.
It may all seem like common sense, but too often extensions can be something people rush into. The bottom line, what seems good in your
mind doesn't always have a place in reality. If after trying all this you are still unsure about whether your planned extension will meet
your expectations, consult an architect. Some architects will offer free preliminary advice to help you bridge the gap between expectation and reality.