The concepts of 'extension' and 'budget' are inextricably linked, and no matter the size of your budget it's important to choose an extension that will be achievable. One important part of doing this is to get the best price on your extension, so that you can get the most from your money. There are many options for house extensions and a number of important factors to consider, such as having a survey done, hiring the right designer, sourcing the best materials and working with the right contractors. Here's an outline of how much to budget for house extensions.
Working Within Your Budget
You should keep track of your remaining budget with every decision you consider. Remember to keep a contingency budget in case anything goes wrong, and shop around a little to get each thing done in an affordable way. Get several quotes for the work - when asking "how much will my house extension cost?" a minimum of 3 quotes is recommended. If you only obtain one quote, you could end up paying over the odds and your budget may not stretch as far as it could have.
It is always important to hire a good designer - factor this into your budget, because if you try to cut corners here you could quickly run into big, costly problems. One area you could save money is in choosing whether the building contractors manage the project. This could make their costs considerably higher, and it's worth considering doing this job yourself if you have the competence.
Considering The Type Of Extension
When asking "how much does a house extension cost?", you need to think about the type of house extension. Are you extending the ground floor at the rear for a larger kitchen? Perhaps you're extending the first floor to add an extra bedroom? The structural, material and functional considerations vary greatly with different types of extension, so you will need to have a good understanding of precisely what you want from your extension. In short, it will be very difficult to ascertain what's available for your budget without expert advice.
When you work with BDS, we offer an initial consultation to discuss your options and suggest ideas. We understand that you are not an expert in the vastly complex process of extending a home - fortunately, we are! We can help you choose the right extension for your budget. For professional advice and high-quality service, contact us on 01332 830313. We'd love to hear from you.