Are you thinking of extending your home in London and wondering about the advantages and disadvantages? Perhaps you now have a family that has outgrown the home from when you first bought it. You may want to build an extension for a child, for an elderly parent. You may want to build a guest room or even a home office room, studio, or play area. You may be planning on building a loft or a basement for extra storage space. Whatever the reasons you have for extension, it is best to understand what will be involved in the project before you start so that there are no unpleasant surprises along the way.
One of the advantages of home extensions is that it will significantly increase the value of your home. This is a good thing, even if you don’t plan on moving out or selling your home. The value of your property can even see a 20% increase if you add even one room, such a bedroom, loft, or even a bathroom. Another advantage of building an extension such as a basement is that there will be better insulation for the walls and the floor, leading to better energy efficiency as there won’t be too many fluctuations in the temperature, no matter what the weather is outside. Other advantages of extensions like the basement or a loft are that they can evolve to match the growing needs of the family. For example, what started as a play area for your children could be easily modified into a multimedia or gaming room as they grow up.
Some of the pitfalls and disadvantages of a home extension are structural failure that could happen in areas where a basement has been built over a place that has a high level of ground table water. There could also be frequent leaks on the walls which can be a cause for concern. Water can also seep in from the outside, leading to flooded basements.
In order to prevent these problems, it is important to hand over the extension projects of your home to building companies that are licensed and have experienced professionals who have built countless extensions before. Make sure that all the legalities and paperwork is taken care of so that there are no interruptions during the work process. Consult with an architect and structural engineer and draw up comprehensive plans before starting the project or getting permissions. Following these leads will help in having a smooth and easy extension built in no time at all.