Extending is a popular way to add space without having to move

It is said that for every person who self builds there are 15 that add extensions to their homes. The reasons for all this are easy to see. It often makes more economic sense to stay put and avoids the need to find a plot. It means we can stay in the same neighbourhood if we like it and that the children can remain at the same school.

Why Should You Extend Your Home?

An advantage of extending and not moving is the issue of stamp duty. It does not take a genius to work out that by the time you have calculated the agents fees for selling your house and the stamp duty on the one you are thinking of buying, you might well find you could build yourself quite a decent extension for the same price.

What do You Need to Consider Before Extending?

The trick is to extend and to come out well in the investment stakes, for example, if you merely wish to extend the kitchen at the rear of your 1930s semi, should it be single storey or two? If it is the latter, what will go above it?

There are also practical issues to consider that are not directly concerned with the construction process. Access is a good example. If you add to your accommodation, will it mean more cars will need to be parked on the drive? If you have no drive then the lack of off-street parking might be a reason for the refusal of planning permission.

Other important aspects to consider before you get to the stage of getting your plans drawn are matters like:

  • Soil conditions on the site;
  • Services;
  • Surrounding trees;
  • Any history of flooding;
  • Rights of way.