An extension is a brilliant way to create extra space and better value in your home. Whether you have a growing family or you have to adapt to more modern living requirements, you need to think about renovation with an extension as opposed to moving house entirely. There’s more disruption in your life with a full on renovation, but this is something that could be an exciting change that you get to enjoy for some time.

If this is a first for you, then you need to consider how you can make your entire project a success. Below, we’ve got 5 rules for a successful home extension.

Only Do An Extension If It Makes Sense

There are some circumstances where it is better to move house than to extend the home. If your idea for an extension is going to spoil the property, or it will be a ridiculous idea from an investment point of view, then it is going to be best for you to move. However, if the extension is going to be an improvement in your home, you’re going to add space and value to your property and this is when it makes sense.

Finance It Right

Can you finance your renovation properly? Whether you have savings in the bank or you are planning to look into your mortgage refinance options, you need to ensure that this project can run smoothly with the right finance in place to pay for it. You don’t want to put yourself into debt while trying to increase value.

Make A Brief

Define what your space could achieve for you and what problems your extension is the solution for. You need to know what is missing in your home, then fill the gap. Ask yourself where the light will come in and the other added benefits your extension can bring you. Your architect will help you come up with ideas.

Choose The Right Materials

Most of the time, the existing material choices are obvious ones to make. Your house already has a pattern with the materials it uses, and your extension could follow suit. If there isn’t an overwhelming character to your house, then a contrast in materials could really help. Your architect is going to help you to decide this properly and if you are going to use varied materials, it has to be a high quality solution.

The Right Extension Size

The right size is a challenge for some and there isn’t a rule there, but you want to to have an extension that doesn’t dominate the size of the rest of the house. Be smart and design your extension correctly so that it works to improve the space.

Seeing your build through to the end is a big deal and it’s going to change your future and your home sale that you may have one day. Make it a good build and you will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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