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6 FAQs About House Extensions

One of the best ways to go about adding space at home is to opt for a house extension, ensuring that your property grows as you do and your home continues to provide you with everything you want, a beautiful and functional space that you’ll continue enjoying as the years go on.

However, because it can be quite a sizeable project to undertake, it’s important to get the build off on the right foot and do as much research as you can into what’s involved from start to finish.

To help you do just that, here are some of the most common FAQs about house extensions and what to expect if you do decide to forge ahead with your construction plans.

House Extension FAQS

#1 Do I need planning permission for a house extension?

Under permitted development rights, you are allowed to extend your property without planning permission if you meet specific conditions and restrictions. If you want to go beyond this, then it is likely that you will need to apply for planning permission.

#2 Do building regulations apply to home extensions?

Building Regulations approval is required for house extensions, covering the likes of structural integrity, ventilation, fire safety, energy efficiency, damp proofing and so on.

#3 Who can help me with my house extension?

There are lots of options available to you where house extensions are concerned and you can take your pick from architects and architectural technicians to in-house design teams and specialist designers. It all comes down to what’s right for you and your budget and design ideas.

#4 Will I be able to live onsite during the build?

If necessary, it is of course possible to live in your home during the building work, but this can be very challenging from your perspective and may slow progress if builders have to work around you. It may prove better in the long-run to organise temporary accommodation, if possible.

#5 Is site insurance required for extensions?

It is a requirement to have site insurance with an A-rated insurer if you’re having an extension built at home, a policy that covers both the existing structure and the new work being completed.

#6 Will my house extension add value to the property?

Research shows that house extensions can add a significant amount to the value of a property, so this is good news if you have plans to sell in the near future. It can be helpful to speak to local estate agents who can give you more of an idea of whether it would add value or not - and how much by, if so. This can also help you when it comes to budgeting.

Are you looking for residential architects in Glasgow at the moment? Get in touch with us here at The Home Architect today.

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