One has probably outgrown the house that one currently lives in but still loves the place because it’s “home”. Any place else would not be good enough. That’s the beginnings of the flirtation with creating more space right where one is. It is fascinating and brings out the creative best in the whole family. Home improvements that involve extensions to the existing structure are rarely a hasty decision. It should not be a ‘spur of the moment’ casual affair. One must put a lot of time to decide and plan it.
One step at a time
Given the advantage of planning, rethinking and then executing, for builders in Dorking, it is essential to pay attention to a few things, which may not have crossed one’s mind. Regardless of which direction the extension is planned, vertical or horizontal, one has to factor in builders, the logistics and budget and most significantly legalities involved, yes there are. Take a look at some of the legalities, legal implications and regulations that have to be met. And this is in the event the house extension is allowed under “permitted development rights” but still needs to have approval from the “building regulations” department. Except for a few structures like conservatories, sheds and outbuildings, all other structures, involving alterations most necessarily need to adhere with building regulations. The only exclusion would be repair or maintenance work. Take note of some of the work that requires approval from building regulations:
- Redesigning window openings
- New heating apparatus installation
- Altering load-bearing walls
- Converting lofts, changing use
- Bath and kitchen installations that need fresh plumbing
- Constructing a new chimney
Also, if the extension is going to be anywhere in a 3-meter vicinity of a sewer and if it is a shared sewer (serving sewer needs of more than a single property), then one would need the local water authority to issue a build over authorization. Also,careful consideration and verification to be given in the possibility of community infrastructure levy (CIL) coming into effect, as this varies from one area to the next.
Structural and aesthetic appeal
Once legal formalities are met, one needs to consider the structural, functional and aesthetic aspects of the venture, factors such as the logistics and the architects. There are various types of architects who will be happy to undertake such a project. A little spadework for builders in Dorking, oneself will be in order in the form of checking around with friends and the neighbourhood for recommendations, not forgetting to take a look and judge for oneself if the quality of work meets one’s expectations. Brainstorm the ideas gathered and the ideas of the interior designer, and freeze on a plan. One should also consider staying onsite or moving out for the spell the makeover is happening, since staying onsite may slow down the process, especially if it is within the house.
Saving the not so best for last? Yes, but it’s a must mention anyway, because, in the course of an extension which is a part of the house, one may come across parts of the house that need funding, so be warned.