House Extensions Ireland – Ideas
5 Ideas for Your House Extension
Planning and preparation will help you get the most out of any house extension project. Because you don’t get a second bite of the cherry, it is important to be as clear as you can about what you are trying to achieve. Your most vital contribution is deciding what you want from your home. Only you can do this and it is an essential starting and finishing point. The professionals involved can help with this and will often take a lead role in other matters like design, layout, finishes, material-types, orientation, budget, etc. Take the time to put down your requirements on paper. We have prepared a document which will help you complete a brief and it is free to download here – home extension brief.
Don’t forget the existing living areas
Many people think the additional space gained is restricted to the footprint of the new home extension. However, by careful consideration of how the new living space is incorporated into the existing areas, a house can be transformed and new areas can be created from the existing footprint. Even when the dividing wall between two existing rooms is taken down to create one larger space, the effect can be dramatic. Another consideration is how the new house extension will affect the existing rooms of the house, in particular the retention of a sufficient amount of natural light is a recurring issue.
It is amazing the difference good design will make to your house extension and to your home. After standing in thousands of properties and looking up and down the rows of gardens, it is easy to tell which extensions have had design input and the ones that have little or none. The reality is that many house extensions are considered too small to warrant or afford the full services of an architect. That is why we offer our Architectural Design Service, which gives design input at an affordable cost. Given the importance of getting it right, you can’t afford not to have design input. There are a number of big design decisions such as location of the extension, roof styles, external finishes, windows, doors, rooflights, internal finishes, integration with the existing house, relationship between the house and the garden, etc. People have become much more aware of the importance of orientation and light, so it deserves a special mention here. The detailing of the elevations (walls) and the choice and position of the windows, doors and rooflights will determine how successfully you optimise the orientation and natural light. Don’t despair if you are North facing, good design can still ensure plenty of natural light.
Future Proof Your House Extension
The term “Future-Proof” is normally associated with thermal performance, insulation specification, U-Values, sustainable materials, etc. and we certainly include that when we suggest you “Future Proof Your Home Extension”. Comprehensive Future-Proofing must also:
Add value to your home in the event of a sale.
Ensure the design caters for further development if required later.
Be able to cater for the changing needs of the family.
Value for Money
A house extension is a very significant investment, so value for money is essential. This shouldn’t mean cutting back on important items or using cheap materials. As you will live with your decisions for a long time, it is worth making good ones and cutting back on important items is a false economy. Value for money involves getting a quality product and service at a competitive price. You really want to avoid the saying, “you buy cheap, you buy twice”, as you don’t really get a second chance on a building project. Bad workmanship, failure to work to specifications, poorly dug foundations, badly insulated walls, cheap, ill-fitted windows and bad junction details cost an awful lot more to remedy than to do it right the first time. Remember, with HousX, a Certificate of Compliance with Building Regulations is issued for all our work and we are only a phone call away (a landline that we answer).
We believe you get “value for money” from House Extensions Ireland. We are committed to quoting for all the work up-front with no sneaky extras being thrown in once the project has commenced. If you decide on any additional items, we promise to charge market rates and not extortionate rates. If in doubt, we will happily give you the name of existing clients to verify our claims.