© JAREDA | Author:Tom Norris
We spend a great deal of time working on extending London homes and we’re pleased to admit we’re quite good at it. It doesn’t matter the type of property or whatever ideas you have as we’re good at listening and work tirelessly to deliver good affordable design to suit any budget.
Of course its great if we can push our love for modern architecture and design into period as well as modern homes but we also do the conventional and work on listed buildings and in conservation areas to deliver designs that work on all levels.
When it comes to adding an extension what many homeowners don’t know is just how much an impact the design of the extension can have on their lives. A well designed home changes the way you live and will most certainly improve your sense of well being.
A well-designed extension should improve the way you live, provide appealing new living space and increase the value of your home substantially.
We get asked all the time about which type of extension is best. For example, should we have a flat roof or a pitched roof, should we extend out the side or the back, should we do 2 floors, should we convert the garage. In fact the list of questions are endless and only serve to highlight that most homeowners don’t have a clue how to extend their home.
What you have to understand is that whilst you property may be one of millions no two extensions are the same because they are designed and built by individuals with unique tastes, needs and budgets.
Adding an extension is a costly affair and in many cases the extension is designed and built to accommodate the budget rather than anything else. Most designers have to be aware right from the start what the budget so they can determine just how much can be achieved within budget constraints. A good designer will also know where the savings can be made. For example, a flat roof can be considerably cheaper than a pitched one and that block and render walls work out far cheaper than traditional brick. In effect the designer is tasked with coming up with a design and layout that will suit the client whilst at the same time making material choices to ensure that it works within the budget.
If you were thinking about doing an extension, who would you call? Would you have a few builders around to see what they say or perhaps ask a friend what they think and eventually start to form conclusions on how best to extend.
Sadly this happens all too often and the end result is a poorly thought out extension that represents poor value in terms of layout, usage or added value to the property. What makes it even worse is that house extensions cost a great deal of hard-earned cash so the last thing you want to do is to spend this amount of money recklessly.
Only recently I viewed a large property that had just been modernised and I was shocked at just how badly the new layout was. What could have been a bright new living space was spoilt because the kitchen was put in the wrong position and the windows and doors were simply too small.
Modern living is about opening up the garden to the home to create desirable open-plan family orientated living spaces. This is where the design and layout of the property is crucial to the success of the project. Get it wrong and you waste the opportunity to create a living space that can transform the way you live. Get it right and not only do you end up with a hugely desirable living space but you also add substantial value to your property. For example, a badly designed extension will add very little to the value of your home whereas a modern well extended living space can add as much as 15% / 20% to the value of your property.
In other words, it pays dividends to work with professional designers who will look at all the options before coming up with the best solutions for extending your home.
A feasibility study makes a great starting point for homeowners that are considering extending their property but are unsure what options are available to them, what the planning rules are or whether they require or are likely to get planning.
Costs are another major consideration so it is an excellent idea to get a clear indication of costs for the various options before you make too many plans.
You also need to consider which options are best in relation to getting your money back. In other words, which projects will add the most value to your particular property.
A feasibility study will answer all these questions so that if you do decide to go ahead and extend you will have all the right information to ensure that your project is a huge success
We are also pleased to inform you that if you proceed with a project and instruct Architects Supermarket to prepare the necessary plans the cost of the feasibility study will be credited against the cost of your plans.
In effect, it is a win win for homeowners so do consider this option as a starting point for your project as it will potentially save you from making costly mistakes and cost you nothing should you proceed.
Extension Feasibility Study Cost Guide £300 / £500 plus vat.
Single Storey Extension Plans Cost Guide £750 / £1,000 Plus Vat.
Two Storey Extension Plans Cost Guide £1,200 / £1,600 Plus Vat.
Prices Relate to The London Area Only.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to speak to a a designer on modernising or extending your home.
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