Do you need more space, but don’t want to move? One solution you could consider: add an extension to your house! Here are 8 tips for a successful house extension project.
Identify your needs
Before expanding, you must carefully assess your needs. Determine what purpose the room will serve: will it be used as an office, living room, kitchen, playroom, bedroom, etc. Also think about the impact this addition will have on the value of your property. If you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, then it will then be easier to explain your project and thus create a more precise plan.
Take inspiration from your neighbourhood
Walk the streets of your neighbourhood and take a note of renovations done by other homeowners. Perhaps you will find some ideas that will inspire you and help you refine your own extension plans.
Think about the details
When it comes to adding a room to a house, you have to think of everything. Some details will make a big difference. For example, it is highly recommended that any windows or doors you add be placed where they maximize the natural light.
Optimize the extension
Find ways to make the most of your addition by adding space for storage. You could build a bump-out addition accessible from the outside. Consider adding built-in cabinets to the room for hidden storage.
Consult the experts
For your extension to be a success, don’t do it all by yourself. Seek the assistance of experts who can help you come up with a plan that takes into account not only your needs, but also your property, current standards and regulations and the available space. They may even suggest changes you hadn’t thought of and that will better complement the existing style of your home.
Verify municipal bylaws
Ask your municipality about existing zoning and land use bylaws that could adversely affect your plans. You may need to make changes to your original plan to comply with current rules.
Notify your municipality
Don’t forget to notify your municipality about the work and obtain the necessary approvals. Check carefully what permits you will need and whether it is necessary to provide supporting documents or even detailed plans of the work. Finally, if you have to notify your municipality when the work is completed, remember to mark it in your calendar.
Harmonize the addition
It is essential that the added room harmonizes with the rest of your property. This can be set out in the architectural drawings. However, also consider how the decor will coordinate with your home. Do you want it to blend with the existing decor? Do you prefer creating a completely different look, but still pleasing to the eye? What colours will you highlight? It is important to create a sense of harmony between your house and the extension.