Building a ground floor extension to your home can be very exciting, but it’s easy to make simple mistakes that will make you instantly regret your renovation. From poor planning to under-considered design choices, ground floor extensions can be fraught with avoidable mistakes and undesirable outcomes.
Having been involved with countless ground floor extensions, we know intimately what can go wrong, and we share with you our essential do’s and don’ts to designing and executing a ground floor extension on your home.
Do: Consider What The Entire Family Wants
Before you begin creating plans for your ground floor extension, it’s essential to consult your family about their ideal additional living space. Everyone should contribute towards how the house should look and feel. These opinions allow you to create a space that enhances your current lifestyle, and that doesn’t compromise the family favourites, like the pergola or the outdoor living space.
Don’t: Forget About First Floor Additions
Continuing from the above point, you don’t necessarily need to destroy your entire outdoor living area and garden to gain more space. If your yard space is valuable to you, investigate whether you can move up another level instead, determining whether a first-floor addition is a viable alternative.
Do: Think About Saleability
While it may not be the reason for your addition, and you may not have any plans to sell your home in the immediate future, it’s essential to consider the saleability of your home after your ground floor extension. Will these additions cost you the ability to sell in the future, or will you add more value to your home? These types of considerations will help you make better planning decisions that won’t compromise you in the future.
Don’t: Begin Renovations Until You Seek Professional Advice
Consulting builders, who specialise in ground floor extensions, is a valuable discussion to have during your planning phase. As people who have seen numerous amounts of extensions, builders can advise you on how long the process will take, the areas that need re-designing, and offer you suggestions you may not have considered.
Do: Seek Permits And Approvals For Ground Floor Extensions
Every council has its specific regulations surrounding extensions and building in residential areas, and these can severely curtail your design plans. Seeking approval and permits after your build isn’t ideal, as you may find yourself having to undo all of your hard work, and potentially incur penalties for building without permission. Some builders won’t undertake your ground floor extension without these permits in place, so it’s essential to consult with your council first.