So you’re looking to extend your home, but you don’t want it to cost the earth? Well, who says it has to? Whenever we think of anything to do with our home, whether it’s fixing an emergency or trying to spruce it up, we always worry about the cost. But, sometimes, it can be a lot more budget friendly than you’d first think. So, don’t let the idea of a super huge budget put you off from extending your home. Instead, consider doing it yourself. If you want to create a new home space from scratch, here’s how to do it.
Make Sure You Can
Before you get ahead of yourself, you’re probably going to want to make sure that you’re able to actually get the extension done in the first place. Planning laws can be so strict, that you’re going to want to make sure your idea is approved before you set your hopes on it. So, get to work on drawing up some plans, or work with an architect. Then, you’re going to want to submit your plans for approval and maybe think about getting your next steps ready while you wait for it to go through.
Get The Footings In
When you’re plans are accepted, and you’re ready to get started, the first thing that you need to think about is the footings. Now, this could actually be one of the trickiest parts of the job. Your planning drawings will contain all of the information, but you’re going to want to make sure that you dig to the right level, then have the concrete foundation in place, along with hardcore, your brick work and then the concrete floor that will form the base of your extension.
Put Up The Shell
With the footings in, your next step is then to work on the frame of the extension. Whether you decide to do this with wood or brick, you’re going to want to make sure you work to get the frame up first, and then the brick cladding or whatever kind of outer facade that you’re working in. It’s also important to make sure that you can get the space watertight, including the roof, windows and doors during this stage.
With the structure watertight, it’s then on to the process of putting in the specialist work. You’ll definitely need to get an electrician in to install the electrics to your extension, and you may also need a plumber for any heating work, or if you’re having bathroom or kitchen facilities installed. Then, with that sorted, you can grab your plasterboard and plasterboard cutter and get to work. You’re going to need to dry line the walls or cover them and plaster so that you’re ready for the last step.
Finish Everything Off
Then finally, it’s time to bring in your paint, flooring, and furnishings. You’re going to need to get the walls painted or wallpapers, install your choice of flooring and fit in the skirting and trims, and your extensions should then be complete. When you’ve for your furniture and furnishings in, you’ll finally have created a new home space pretty much by yourself.