For long-time homeowners, the idea of extending your home, remodelling your kitchen, or adding a room or two that protrudes to your backyard is exciting. There is nothing better than rejuvenating your home by adding a new element to it, and the best part of all it is that having a home extension can feel like having a new home without having to go through the hassle of packing and moving.
Adding an extension to your home is a huge step, which is why we have compiled some of the most important considerations when undertaking this endeavour.
Think about your boiler
Your central heating system is perhaps one of the, if not the most, hardworking appliance in the home. It works almost 24 hours a day during the winter season, but it remains out of sight in the basement, so it is almost as if it is not there.
Before constructing an additional room to your home, know if your boiler can handle heating the extra room or rooms. If adding a room exceeds your boiler’s capacity, you might consider either adjusting the size of the room or upgrading your boiler.
Consult your insurance provider
The majority of providers devoid a property of insurance once its structure is in any way remodelled or restructured. If your insurance provider nullifies your home insurance, you might want to reconsider either postponing your home extension or looking for a different insurance provider that will cover your home after its architecture has been modified.
Foundation and load limits
If you own a bungalow or a similar one-storey home, finally having a second floor or mezzanine may be a thrilling concept for you. Before working anywhere above your home, make sure to check your first floor’s capacity: can its foundation and the materials that comprise it support the second floor?
If your walls are made of less durable materials, you might have to think twice. On the other hand, homes that are built with sturdy materials, like structural insulated panels or SIPs, may be able to handle the weight of a second floor. Since SIPs are also lightweight, you may use the same building material for your extension, as well.
Check for plumbing, sewer, and other connections
When remodelling your kitchen or other part of your home, it is essential to have an expert help you out with the connections that run behind and under the walls. The last thing you want is a wash area that is too far from an electrical socket.
Always consult a professional
It is alright to want to be the project manager of your home extension. However, there are many technical considerations in home building that require the expertise of a professional.
Of course, working with someone else does not mean relinquishing your power over your home project. Always communicate openly with your engineer, surveyor, plumber, or designer, and you will see that you will get the best results for your home.