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Stretching Your Home: A Guide to Starting Your Extension Project (and When to Call the Pros)

Have you ever walked through your home and thought, "If only there was more space here!" Well, you're not alone. Many homeowners dream of expanding their living spaces through home extensions. It's an exciting project, but it can also be a tad overwhelming. So, let's dive into the wonderful world of home extensions and learn how to make your expansion dreams come true!

Step 1: Dream Big (but Realistic)

The first step in starting your home extension project is to dream big. Envision the extra space you want, whether it's a spacious kitchen, a cozy family room, or an elegant master suite. Your home should reflect your lifestyle and needs, so let your imagination run wild. But, here's the kicker: make sure your dream is realistic for your space and budget.

Write a brief, whats your nice to haves and what are things you desperately need.

Step 2: Plan and Research Like a Pro

Now that you've got your dream, it's time to plan. Research local building regulations and permits to understand what's possible in your area. Sketch out your ideas or work with an architect to turn your vision into blueprints. Planning is the backbone of any successful home extension project.

Dont be afraid to give us a call to discuss what you are looking to do. Even if you dont have a full brief, but you have an idea of what you want to do. We can help set expectations and the constraints that you will need to work within.

Step 3: DIY or Hire the Pros?

This is where the fun begins. Are you a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a newbie with a toolbox? In most instances its going to be worthwhile getting a builder in, even if its just to get you a shell state. Then you have the option to do the internal painting & finishes that you want to make the space that you want.

Step 4: Budgeting and Professional Help

Budgeting is a critical part of any home extension project. Be sure to factor in costs for materials, statutory applications, sub-contractors, and unforeseen surprises. For larger extensions, don't hesitate to consult with professionals to get accurate estimates. Their expertise can prevent budget blowouts and ensure a smooth process.

Step 5: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

As you dive into your home extension project, remember that you're not in this alone. Whether you need guidance on structural changes, electrical work, or plumbing, professionals are there to help. It's better to ask for assistance when you're unsure, rather than going the trial-and-error route.

Step 6: Celebrate the Journey

Home extension projects can be exhilarating but also challenging. Don't forget to celebrate the small milestones, like when the foundation is laid or the roof goes up. Each step brings you closer to your dream space.

Step 7: Enjoy Your Bigger, Better Home

Finally, when the dust has settled, and your extension is complete, take a moment to bask in your bigger, better home. Your home should be a place of comfort, reflection of your lifestyle, and a space where you can make lasting memories.

Home extensions are like a journey of self-discovery for your living space. So, dream big, plan carefully, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Your extended home is a canvas waiting for your creative touch. Get ready to stretch your living space and make your home a more spacious and enjoyable place to live!

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