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Five things to consider when planning your extension

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Whenever you’re planning a big project - like an extension - you want to make sure you’ve got a basic checklist and some ideas before you jump in looking for any tradespeople.


Even before you’ve contacted us to draw plans for your extension, it’s important to go through any ideas you might already have for you project so you can get the most out of us and have plans that are as accurate as possible.


Before we meet you for an initial design visit, here are five things to think about:


What’s your budget?


Whatever you’re planning to do, your budget plays the biggest role. How much you can both afford to and like to spend on your extension will affect the design and what we ultimately show on the plans.


If you have a budget in mind, this can really help during the design process as we know what we can include to suit that amount.


We usually work on £1200 per square metre for single storey extensions up to second fix (including basic radiators and light fittings).


How much garden space can you afford to lose?


Even though you might not use your garden much, if at all, we’d always recommend leaving a decent outdoor space after you’ve built your extension. The larger your garden, the more space you can afford to lose to your extension.


Like your budget, the space available around your property also plays a large role in the design of your extension. The overall area you can have can affect the internal layout of the extension and even things such as the roof design.


How do you use the rooms you’ve already got?


When you’re adding an extension to your home, the rooms that are already there will probably change to some extent - whether it’s removing walls completely or adding new doors to access the extra space.


Thinking about how you use the existing space will also help determine the type of extension you decide to design and build. Do you need more space in your kitchen? Would a utility room be useful?


For example, our customers at Dixon Road wanted a rear extension because they spend the majority of their time in the kitchen and dining room, at the back of their home. They will be using their rear extension to open these rooms up and add a lounge and utility to them.


What do you plan on using your extension for?


Following on from the previous question in this list, now you’ve looked at what you use the existing space for, what would you use the new space for?


Before your initial design meeting and before we measure up, think of everything you’d like to fit in your extension. For example in a rear extension, you might use it as another sitting room or have your kitchen in there. You might also want to see if you can squeeze in a downstairs toilet and utility room.


Thinking about what you’d like to include in your extension helps us come back with a more complete first draft of plans.


Will your ideas need planning or will you try to avoid this?


You may already have an idea around planning policies and how they apply to your extension, but this is something we can give you advice on during your initial visit.


If your ideas for your extension are possible without the need for householder planning permission, this will speed up the process between getting your final plans and starting to build as you won’t need to wait eight weeks for permission to be granted.


As well as reducing timescales, an extension like the one below will reduce the cost slightly as you won’t need to pay the £231 planning fee.


Ready to get your ideas on paper? Book a design visit and talk your ideas through with us.

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