House extensions have long been established as one of the most popular types of property development. With their ability to improve lifestyles, create new living spaces and increase the resale value of homes, it’s easy to see why. As a time-served building contractor, Milton Construction can help turn your own dream extension into a reality. From single-storey side extensions in Melton Mowbray to double-storey rear extensions in Oakham, we can deliver any design and specification.
But how do you plan for the perfect extension? Needless to say, the planning and design stage of house extensions remains integral to creating results that exceed expectations. In this blog, we offer 3 tips to help during those early days of excitement and imagination.
As your building contractor of choice, Milton Construction provides a start-to-finish service for house extensions. We can assist in the vital planning and design phase to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience.
Please contact us on 07840 676 310 to schedule an initial consultation anywhere in Melton Mowbray, Oakham or the neighbouring areas.
Use Every Inch Wisely
House extensions represent large-scale construction projects, not to mention sizeable investments. As such, you need to make the best of every new inch available to you; it’s highly unlikely you’ll be adding to your property again any time soon!
The key to maximising the space within your extension lays in research. If any neighbours have had their home extended, ask if you can take a look. You can get a feel for their space as well as finding inspiration in how they’ve utilised it. If you know them well, you can also ask what the extension did for the property’s resale value.
In addition to visiting extended homes in and around Melton Mowbray and Oakham, carry out some online research. Focus on house extensions of the same size and style as your proposed one. This will help you form ideas that make the most of your own new living space.
Plan for Light as Well as Space
While the physical space of your extension remains essential, the amount of natural light entering this space helps to create an optimal living environment. If you already have an architect attached to your project, they will likely prioritise this. However, it’s always worth asking about better ways for natural light to enter the extension.
If you’re planning your own extension, or you’re working with our building contractors on a start-to-finish basis, think about where to integrate windows, doors or even roof lanterns. Naturally, not every suggestion may work for structural reasons. However, you can rest assured that we always strive to incorporate your suggestions where possible.
Realistic Planning Approval
We strongly advise our clients in Melton Mowbray, Oakham and the surrounding areas to make sure they are happy with proposed house extensions before submitting for planning permission. Quite simply, it’s inefficient, not to mention more costly and stressful, to rush into planning approval only to seek modifications later.
What’s more, house extensions often involve liaising with neighbours. Seeking their approval on numerous occasions can also lead to a strained relationship. Retrospective permission also involves altered plans. This can result in the removal of desirable features to ensure the new proposals go through.
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