Here are some top tips for if you are doing your own extension.
Or even a new build. Find a good architect. Somebody that gets you. Before you find the architect,
you’ve already found loads of images on Pinterest. I’m sure, that you know you love.
But you need someone who is going to push all that together. Into an actual build design, that’s going to work for your house. Find a good contractor.
Your architect might know one. Your friend might know one. But get two or three prices and make sure that the contractor you use is not just price, but can you work with that person. Can you have that person in your house for six months at a time. Because they are going to be living with you.
In our case six months. Not actually living… Don’t compromise on the big things you choose. The floor, the windows, the doors.
Don’t compromise on those, because they are going to be there forever. You can compromise on some furnishings.
But whatever you do, don’t compromise the quality of what you choose as the fabric of your building. Come up with a timeline. All builders are going to need a rough idea
of how long you expect is going to take. They need to book their next jobs.
And then add a bit on and then add a bit of cost on. Because it’s always going to take a bit longer than you think
and it’s always going to take your contingency fund as well. Budget…. Budgets. We’ve all got to have budgets, right? But, sometimes, something is going to come along you absolutely love
and then you are going to have jiggle your budget around. Because if you want to afford that amazing thing,
the other things are going to have to wait. Does that even make any sense? And also, patience and communication. Your builder, your contractors, your electricians,
they aren’t mindreaders. You have to actually tell them what’s in your mind. And also, listen to what they’ve got to say,
because they’ve done it more times than you. They are going to have maybe a brilliant idea,
that springs from your ideas. So, communication is really important and patience.
Because you’ve got to wait for the good people. Good people are busy. Above all, don’t forget your fifth wall.
The ceiling. We all consider our four walls, don’t we? But actually, what we all need to be thinking about
is what we are going to do up there. Because it affects everything down here.