A Beginners Guide To Home Extensions

A Beginners Guide To Home Extensions

Reasons to Extend Your Home

Many homeowners are choosing home extensions over moving.  Extensions are a great choice for homeowners looking to increase the space in their home. In New Market, this renovation project is considered a tremendous value for the cost associated. Homeowners have the luxury of staying in the same house and neighborhood, but with the benefits of living in a larger home as they wish.

Not only can you increase the space in your home, but you also increase the value of your house. The choice to build an extension is not a simple one, a lot must be taken into consideration. Let’s have a look at what’s needed.

What You Need to know before building a home extension

Some required documents and applications need to be completed before building your home extension. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Permits

Information about permits is readably available on the town website. The website is an excellent resource because it has information guides, the building permit applications, planning applications, and much more helpful links to support you through the renovation process. The building permit process on the website is a great way to start. The document will walk you through the steps you need to acquire your building permit.

2. Building Regulations & Zoning Requirements

Before starting your home renovation in Newmarket, you need to make yourself familiar with the regulations and policies in the area. For instance, Newmarket has zoning-by laws that need to be followed before any construction project can begin.

There’s also the Party Wall Act for any construction done 3m from the boundary. All these regulations and requirements can be cumbersome, so it’s always best to get a good local general contractor to handle all this for you.

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3. Cost of the Project

Many variables will influence the cost of the extension. Some variables may include location, soil, and floor plan. All these variables combined can make the prices vary quite a bit. Contacting your local general contractor should give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay. You can also consult with a friend/someone that has done an extension like yours in the past.

Something to remember while you are in the process of the extension project is to compare the cost of the extension to the perceived value that you’ll gain on the house after the renovation project is completed.

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Designing an extension

You have different choices when designing an extension. You could use:

  • DIY

There has been a growing trend of people wanting to DIY most of their home projects. This is a good option if you have a good understanding of architectural design and the building process. Extensions tend to be complex and so we advise a better option.

  • A Professional General Contractor

This is the better option as a good general contractor can handle the entirety of the extension project. The contractor can provide the proposed drawings from architects and consultants, and they can obtain all the permits for your home renovation in Newmarket at a quicker rate than an average DIY person.  A good contractor will make your life considerably easier over the course of the project.