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Adding an extension to your home is a great way to increase its value. Extensions are also useful for adding more living space to your environment. As a homeowner, you can even extend your living quarters as opposed to moving into another residence.

Home extensions also provide so many benefits for people who own their own house. However, there are some things that a property owner must consider before they build. The following material will explain these considerations and how they can be used to update your residence. 

Plan before you Build

Just because you own your residence that does not mean that you can just build anything on your property that you desire. All neighborhoods (upscale and low income) have organizations that monitor what people are doing on their property.

If a person decides to build an extension onto their house without approval; they can end up violating various codes that exist for their part of town. So, planning is crucial to building an extension and for erecting the type of extension that you desire. Here are some other reasons why you should plan before you build.

  • Homeowners must be careful about violating various rights and laws that are naturally given to their neighbors. One of them is called the right to light law. If a homebuilder extends their structure and it blocks out sunlight from entering into their neighbor’s home; then that neighbor has the right to have them tear it down. This is a complex law that must be considered to the fullest before a person starts to build. An attorney that specializes in property law can assist you about this matter.
  • You must make sure not to overdevelop your property. If you do, your home will end up losing value from the extension. In short, don’t go overboard with upgrading your residence with an extension.
  • Make sure the extension that you are adding to your home, makes sense for your neighborhood. Keep in mind that certain neighborhoods have specific houses that appear a certain way. If you decide to add on extensions that alters this look; it can cause your neighborhood organization (or the city) to force you to tear it down.
  • You must know the building and energy codes set forth by the government before you build. This is where building an extension gets tricky and complicated. If you don’t know how to add in an extension it could be torn down if you build it up in a way that does not meet these requirements. Code enforcement will usually check because they want communities to be energy efficient and safe from shoddy construction work.

Types of House Extensions

There are different types of home extensions that most use when they add this type of structure onto their property. Here is a list of the most common types of home extensions.

  • Single story side or rear extensions.
  • Double or multiple storied extensions.
  • Homeowners build garage extensions and conversions.
  • They design loft conversions.
  • Homeowners can also build an outbuilding, conservatory and an orangery.

Most single-story side and rear extensions typically add living space at the back or side of a residence. They are often built to be a story high and they are probably the most common type of home extension on the market.

Double or multiple room extensions are more complex because they add more living space to various levels of a home. This type of extension is also extremely complex and costly. It’s almost like rebuilding a home and this type of extension is not that common. Double and multiple extensions are also less common because they can drastically change a home’s value and offset prices within a specific location.

If a homeowner has the extra automobiles they sometimes extend their garage areas so they can accommodate these vehicles. The extra garage space is also useful for workspace area outside of the home.

Converting a loft is something that rarely gets approved in the grand scheme of things. Loft conversions are complex because they are a part of a building and adding more space into a building might not seem feasible or logical. People do convert their basement areas by adding more space. This too is another complex job that requires approval before a person begins.

Outbuildings, orangeries and conservatories are uncommon types of home extensions but people do have them. These rare types of home extensions are separate buildings that are built onto a property. Homeowners must get approval before they build them.

The average cost of a house extension will vary by neighborhood, location, city fees and even a metropolitan area’s overall value. Homeowners can pay anywhere from $80 to $200. However, in some neighborhood, homeowners can pay thousands of dollars a square foot for a home conversion.

It was already mentioned that a person must get permission before they can start to build. Homeowner and neighborhood associations typically require a person to get approval before they build. If a homeowner does not live in a neighborhood where one of these organizations exists; they should contact someone from their city’s housing ordinance division.

These individuals typically have connections into various communities and can explain in detail what people need to do before they decide to build an extension. Ultimately, extending your home is a great way to add more space and to improve your home’s total value. Just make sure that you are doing everything according to law before you start any extension project.

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