Ex­ten­sions and ad­di­tions

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There’s noth­ing like time off with the fam­ily to help you re­alise that you’re run­ning out of room. But if ex­tend­ing your home is on your 2017 to-do list, find­ing the right per­son for the job can be a daunt­ing task.

If it’s a small job, you may be con­tenton­tent with en­gag­ing a draftsper­son to draw up your plans, sub­mit­ting them to o coun­cil for ap­proval your­self and hir­ing a builder. For some­thing more com­plex, how­ever, you will need some de­sign help.

You can ei­ther hire an ar­chi­tect or build­ing de­signer andd then put the job out to ten­der to builders or, you can opt for a de­sign gn and con­struct com­pany that can h han­dledl th the whole process for you.

What you re­ally want

Di­rec­tor of build­ing firm Ber­lina Projects,

(in­set) says there are ways of ex­tend­ing your home ei­ther up or out with a min­i­mum of stress — but you must do your home­work first.

It sounds ob­vi­ous, but have an idea of what you want be­fore you make the call. “You need to know what you want,” he says. “Is it an­other bed­room and bath­room or a fam­ily or rum­pus room? “If you are ap­proach­ing a builder it’s good for them to know what you’re look­ing for.” How much money you have to spend is the other ke key part of early dis­cus­sions. “A “Al­ways have a bud­get in mind,” An An­thony says. “If you don’t have a b bud­get, it can make it harder for e every­one in­volved. “And it’s al­ways a good idea to h have a con­tin­gency bud­get on the s side, es­pe­cially with ren­o­va­tions an and ex­ten­sions be­cause there are alw al­ways un­fore­seen things with the ex­istin ex­ist­ing house.”

One-stop shop

An­thony’s com­pany spe­cialises in han­dling the whole process, from the de­sign stage, through to coun­cil ap­proval and con­struc­tion.

While he has hap­pily worked with ar­chi­tects be­fore, he says there are a num­ber of ad­van­tages to go­ing with a one-stop shop model, es­pe­cially when it comes to stick­ing to your bud­get.

“If you use a builder that can do the de­sign

The own­ers of this home worked closely with the team at Ber­lina Projects

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