5 Mistakes to Avoid When Extending Your Home

If you’re carrying out any kind of project on your home, you’ll want it to be straightforward and stress-free. Hiccups and obstacles are, at best, inconvenient and, at worst, utterly devastating. Any delays or mistakes will not only cost you lots of time and energy but a lot of money too – especially for big projects like home extensions.

The best way to ensure your project runs smoothly is to ensure you give the planning process the consideration it’s due. Properly outlining exactly what you want to achieve, by when and at what cost – as well as planning for any foreseeable issues – can help you steer clear of hassle and errors further down the line.

Here are some of the most common mistakes you should avoid when extending your home:


1. Not seeing the bigger picture

The point of a home extension is to create additional space for your existing home, so it is crucial you consider the layout and style of your house when coming up with your designs. Poor extension design will not only be disappointing on an aesthetic level, but it can also damage your finances by increasing utility costs or not increasing the value of your home. You don’t want to be left feeling like it wasn’t worth the time and money.

2. Extending without permission

You always need to check all relevant regulations and gain the necessary permissions. If you don’t, you’ll have to demolish your new extension and get permission from a council who no longer have any reason to trust you. Waiting for the council to approve your planning application is far preferable to losing valuable time and money by building without permission.

3. Using illegitimate or incompetent builders

To avoid any mistakes during construction, you should always properly research your builders and ensure they’re up to the task. Be annoying if you have to! Find a builder using our online form. To get an idea of their competence, you can ask for references or to speak to past clients, or you could ask to see their previous work. Alternatively, you can ask your architect to take on project management and let them find a reputable builder on your behalf.

4. Choosing the wrong materials

The choice of materials is crucial. They must be compatible with the type and period of the existing building. Some modern construction materials can damage traditional ones and result in significant issues for your property.

The external appearance of your extension should also complement the look of your house and neighbouring properties – you don’t want to create an eyesore. Local authorities will consider this during the planning application stage.

5. Forgetting about your neighbours

Whether you like your neighbours or not, you must always inform them of building or renovation work. You should also make yourself familiar with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 – failing to adhere to it will cause delays and hassles. Neighbours will usually agree to work in the form of a letter, but it can also be done by a third party such as a party wall surveyor.

Summit Architecture can help you bring your dream extension to life. We only work with the very best products and professionals, so you don’t need to worry about a thing – your project will be in great hands from start to finish. Contact us or book your free consultation online today!