Tips on building a home extension: Conception
We had a choice between repairing the roof and building a first floor extension over the garage. The house already had five double bedrooms so we were not desperate for more space. The house valuation put it at the top-end price for the area, so increasing it's size could not make it sell for much more money. On the other hand, just repairing the flat roof would have been costly and flat roofs are not a great selling feature. The bathroom was too small for the size of the house and could be made bigger if we built over the balcony. The balcony itself might have been a nice feature providing a relaxing area with a view over the park behind, but in our climate it would rarely get used and was a mainenance liability. Building the extension was going to make the house look more complete and would give us a spectacular master bedroom. We might price our home out of the market but it was a project too difficult to resist.
It has been a long journey and we have learnt many things along the way that I would like to have known before I started. This is our story of how it was done with tips for you if you are thinking of extending your home too.
First Tip: Take your time preparing. It took us two years from conception to completion
which gave us time to plan and find out what we would need to know. Rushing things means making
mistakes that can be costly and frustrating.