If a home extension is on your list make sure you do your research before making any firm decisions. There are a few things you should know about the law, planning, and construction, and many people make the mistake of jumping into construction work without knowing the full score. Here are 6 things to know before doing a home extension and what to look out for.
Depending on the scope of your home extension you may need to acquire planning permission. Even if you don’t, you could still require building regulation approval from the local authorities. Regulations outline requirements for things like fire safety, structural design, ventilation, efficiency, damp proofing, and other aspects that help to keep properties safe.
If you’re extending up into your attic or down into the basement, you must respect ceiling height requirements. If you’re unsure ask your contractor or architect and they’ll be able to advise on the current standard.
Discuss with neighbours
If you don’t know your neighbours this is a good time to introduce yourselves. If the building work is going to be loud and somewhat disruptive, it’s good practice to inform your neighbours and let them know how long it’s going to take. If the work will restrict their access or invade their privacy, they need to know about it.
Before your home extension plan how you’re going to use each room and the features that it will require. For example if you’re extending your kitchen, look for inspiration online or in magazines and outline your vision. This will also help with budgeting as you’ll have a better idea of how much your extension (plus features) will cost.
Investing in energy efficiency is highly valuable, and it’s good for your wallet as well as the environment. Consider installing energy efficient appliances, and think about solar panels, low watt LED lighting, and efficient heating systems.
Find the right contractor
The right contractor can either make or break your home extension experience. Avoid opting for simply the cheapest contractor and look for a company that prides itself on providing the best quality service, such as Steelhead Contracting.
Don’t forget, we specialize in renovation and contracting work in Burnaby and throughout the Lower Mainland, so give us a call for a chat today!