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Atlantic Builders is a leading contractor of house extensions in Wanstead, Essex and so we take a little time out to explain some of the basic considerations when planning to extend your home.

Our needs change as we grow older or our families continue to grow. Often the need will demand the extending the homes in which we live. As the needs of our families change we often need to create extra space.

An extension to our home will often be the only solution to our problem. Not only will it provide an extra area or room in the home it will also help to increase the value of our homes. However, before any type of extension is added to your home there are a few things that will need to be considered. We will look at some of the most important aspects you will need consider when wanting to build a house extension.

Location of the House Extension

The location of the house extension will often determine the size of the extension. You may live on a small piece of property in an urban area where building codes call for a certain amount of space to be available around the perimeter of your property. If this is the case, you will need to locate the extension to accommodate for the building codes of your area.

Next, take a look at the existing structure of your home. The way your home is structured will be another thing to look at. Some areas of your home will be easier and will accommodate an extension better than other parts of the structure. Situations such as the roof line and the way the interior of your home is laid out will also determine where the best location of your extension will be.

The Reason for the Extension

Often times, we know ahead of time what the extension will be used for. This is a very important aspect of any extension. Knowing what the extension is used for will determine what steps will need to be taken during the construction of the extension. If the extension is being used for an extra bedroom it will need to have the correct electrical, media system and other type of electrical components installed. If you are using the room for a utility, bath, or work area there are other types of needs for these types of extensions. The type of HVAC unit that will be used is something else that will need to be considered. If the extension is large enough to cause strain on your current system, the system may need to ay be upgraded. One option would be to install a unit in the extension itself. The type of extension will determine the types of construction materials that will be needed.

Before you reach any type of decision as to where and why type of extension will be best for you it will be a good idea to consult with a contractor. He will help you to determine the type of extension you need as well as the location of the extension. Remember to do all the research needed to help you to understand the aspects of your home extension.