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Ideal Home (UK) - - Before & After - James Bernard, di­rec­tor of Plus Rooms, has the low­down

1 Meet BUILD­ING REG­U­LA­TIONS Any new ex­ten­sion should com­ply with cur­rent build­ing reg­u­la­tions and shouldn’t neg­a­tively af­fect the en­ergy per­for­mance of a house.

2 CON­SULT AN EX­PERT Ex­tra ra­di­a­tors can be added to your ex­ist­ing heat­ing sys­tem only if the boiler has the ca­pac­ity, so con­sult with a cer­ti­fied plumber be­fore mak­ing changes.

3 UP­GRADE IF Needed In­stalling an en­ergy ef­fi­cient boiler can be a rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive op­tion, although the cost of re­place­ment is of­ten off­set by sav­ings in run­ning costs.

4 GO ELEC­TRIC An elec­tri­cal heat­ing sys­tem is fairly sim­ple to ex­pand, and plugin elec­tric panel ra­di­a­tors or con­vec­tor heaters may be suit­able for a smaller ex­ten­sion.

5 CON­SIDER LAY­ING UN­DER­FLOOR HEAT­ING Look out for un­der­floor heat­ing that can in­te­grate with an ex­ist­ing heat­ing sys­tem with­out af­fect­ing wall space – an ideal so­lu­tion for an open-plan set up.

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