Extending Your Home: Tips and Tricks

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It’s the time of year again where so many of us are planning to change the way our home looks. It could be that you are planning on painting the Home, buying some new appliances or even buying some new furniture. One of the ways you could change your home this year is to extend. It is an expensive project which will take up a lot of your time, but it can be a great way to add space and value or your home. Before you start though, here are some things to consider.

1. The ‘Right to Light’

When you are planning your extension you will need to bear in mind that your neighbours have the right to reject your plans for legal reasons. If your extension is going to block out the light which your neighbour has to their home, they are within their legal rights to say no. This means that you need to try and make sure that whatever you plan, you take the chance to ensure it doesn’t block anyone else’s light.

2. You Can Put A Shower Anywhere

One of the older requirements for building works used to be that a toilet and a shower had to be situated away from, any other room, with a lobby in between. However this is not a requirement anymore which means that if you want to add an extra toilet or shower to your home, you can put it wherever you like.

3. Ceiling Heights

Before you start to order in your ArmstrongSteel.com framework for the building, you need to be aware of the minimum ceiling heights for any room in the house. Ideally, every room should have a height of 2.1m from the floor to the ceiling.

4. Site Insurance

One of the things which many people don’t realise that they need for the building works is site insurance. When you are changing the structure of your home, the structure will not be covered by your home insurance. This means that any damage done to your property during the works will not be covered under your policy. To avoid this you can get site insurance which will cover everything until the building work is completed. It will give you the peace of mind you need.

5. Access To The Extension

One important thing to bear in mind you are building an extension is where you access point will be from the existing property. Unless you want to slice up an existing room and make it into a through room, you will need to create a corridor to access the space. It will save you wasting a room in your existing space.

6. Make Your Conservatory Part of The Home

Did you know that you can put heating and electricity into your conservatory? In fact, many people use their conservatory as an extra lounge area during the summer.  By having double doors from the conservatory into the rest of the home, you can leave these open to add that feeling of space to your living space.

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