Many of us at some time or the other choose to go ahead and extend the size of our property by building a home extension. You may have reached this decision after considering alternative methods of increasing living space, such as having a good old tidy up, or even taking the easy step of rearranging your furniture. There are other interior decorating tricks that can also create the illusion of additional space.
Once you’ve made the decision to extend your house you will suddenly become aware that there are many decisions you have to make. Questions such as which room would I like to extend? Am I looking to extend my living room space, study space, or even pull down a wall and convert two small rooms into one big room?
If you are stuck at the first stage and wondering about what type of extension you would like to have built, here are some tips that should help you along your way.
What type of extension?
You may find that the decision to extend your home out or up is not yours to make freely, either due to council restriction or a lack of room on your property.
Generally the cost of building an upward extension is more expensive that extending out. So if you are budgeting for further additions such as kitchen renovations or a pool and have plenty of room on your property, you may err on the side of the less costly option.
Try to stay unemotional in this decision. For example, if your justification behind wanting to extend up instead of out is based on the fact that you don’t want to build over your precious DIY paving, then the reasoning of a professional may provide more sensible unbiased advice.
Besides providing more living and storage space, an upper storey extension can help to bring more light into the property. It will also save your existing garden.
I think the greatest piece of advice here, is that if you are on a tight budget, it is far more expensive to build upwards than it is to extend outwards.
Once you’ve made the decision as to which room you would like to extend, regardless of whether it’s a completely new room or extending the size of an existing room, you will have to consider your building options.
Do you decide to break out your toolbox and do it yourself, or do you get onto good old trusty Google and search for local custom homebuilders in your area? There are pros and cons to both options. Personally, as I have absolutely no DIY experience, I would be the first person to get professional builders involved.
Custom Outdoor Living is an example of a custom home builder based in Melbourne who specialise in building home extensions in Melbourne for over 20 years. This is to say that whoever you choose to build your extension, you must first carry out enough research that convinces you they are a reliable and reputable company.
You can do this by checking their websites and the associations they are members of, as well as any testimonials you find on their site.
If you happen to be a person with a lot of DIY experience, or simply relish the challenge, then here are some tips regarding building a house extension.
So hopefully that has given you enough of a kick to get you inspired and get the ball rolling! If you enjoy challenges, then extending the size of your property is definitely one you can get your teeth into!