As with all kinds of projects, there are plenty of pitfalls to trip you up when building an extension to your home. One of the best ways to avoid the most common mistakes is simply to be aware of them, so we’ve laid them out for you to familiarise yourself with before you get going.
Losing a sense of reality
When undertaking a project with so many different aspects to it, you’re bound to come across some bumps in the road along the way. Even if these bumps are completely manageable, which hopefully they will be, there’s a good chance they’ll set your timeframe back a little. You can avoid a lot of stress if you’re aware of this from the beginning.
Detail, Detail, Detail
Start thinking about the little things sooner rather than later. After all, it’s the paint on the walls that you’re going to notice every day. Also consider the need for insulation, which is a key selling factor in properties today and will help you to fully enjoy your new rooms.
Drying out the bank account
Always aim to secure fixed quotes so you’re not surprised with a huge rise in costs for any part of the job. It’s a good idea to have a contingency fund in place to help out in these situations.
It can be tempting to make last-minute changes as you go along, but sticking with your original instinct is often the wisest choice. Not only is it something you liked when you made the plans, but changing things late in the game can be expensive and very time-consuming.
Picking the wrong people
The cheapest option is not necessarily the one to go for when picking your tradespeople. To make sure you get the best results, take a look at previous work and get some trusted recommendations set out on the table before making a final decision.
Leaving out the loo
This is especially important where additional bedrooms are being created. You’ll need another bathroom, or a shower room at least, if you’re adding a bedroom to the house. Typically, a house with more than three bedrooms should have at least two bathrooms. Leaving this out could potentially put off future buyers.
Mismatching the windows
Windows are the windows to the soul of the house, or something like that. Getting them wrong can make a real mess of a property. When building an extension, always make it a top priority to match the new windows with the old. U-PVC is not going to look the same as the timber originals, and smaller windows will look odd against their larger counterparts. Of course, if you’re adding an ultra-modern extension to a period house, the different windows will work rather differently.