The five big things to think about before you embark on a glazed extension
From clearing out the attic to moving a washing machine up six flights of stairs, there are plenty of reasons to avoid moving house. No wonder thousands of people across the UK choose to spruce up their existing property rather than load up the removal van.
But sometimes, a lick of paint and a few new potted plants just don’t cut it. We want a home that makes us walk through the door every day and say “wow”. That’s where a brand new glazed extension comes in. In this post, our expert team share their knowledge from over 15 years in the industry and reveal how to create a glazed extension that’s right for you.
Plan out your budget
With all types of home project, making sure every detail is perfect can lead to costs spiralling out of control. When you first sit down to plan your extension, we recommend totting up all the costs and adding 20% – just to be on the safe side.
During your first chats about your extension, don’t be afraid to cost up the nitty gritty and consider every detail. Our tip? Go for quality where you can but don’t be afraid to go for things that just look the part (rather than cost the part) especially when it comes to things like finishes.
Be flexible with your approach
When you want your extension to look exactly like the image in your mind, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the smaller details or fail to factor in changes in the process.
Our advice for keeping your project moving forward? Be flexible about the end result, stay open to unexpected ideas and adapt to changes or setbacks. Let go of preconceptions, go with the flow and you’ll end up with a glazed extension that’s completely unique to your needs.
Use your timeline as a rough guide
Next, it’s time to get the calendar out. Do you want to be relaxing in your glazed extension by Christmas? Or do you want it to be ready for that family visit next year? When it comes to timescales it pays think realistically so you can really imagine your dream space.
Have a vision for future use
Is your glazed extension going to be an at-home art studio or a place to spend summer evenings with friends? To make sure you get the most out of your new space, you need to consider what you’ll be using it for.
If you’re planning on socialising late into the night, why not consider a flat skylight to ‘lighten’ the mood? Creating a space for your children to visit at weekends? You’ll need to work out where the guest bathroom is going to go.
You also need to think about the aesthetic of your glazed extension. You could add high-quality bi-folding or sliding doorsto create an open-plan flow from home to garden or minimalistic aluminium windowsfor that ultra-modern look. The possibilities are endless.
Need a little inspiration? Any good architect or interior designer should talk you through ideas that align with yourlifestyle, so make sure you take plenty of time to chat about how you’ll be using the space. The end result? An extension that’s as individual as you.
Think about the practicalities
Protecting neighbours from the noise. Piles of pesky planning application paperwork. Making sure your pond isn’t home to a rare type of newt. When it comes to building your glazed extension, there could be potential stumbling blocks at any stage so it’s important to know your stuff.
Head to a convention, book an appointment with a friendly local building company or download a few free ‘how-to guides’ online. There are plenty of things you can do to feel more confident about your home project. Our experts feel that preparation is key to glazed extension perfection – so get ready to do your research.
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Our friendly team have helped hundreds of homeowners achieve the perfect finish on their glazed extension – and now we want to help you. Get in touch and we’ll share our best tips for creating your dream space.
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