As we know that extensions can prove to be costly, so we will discuss here how we can stay in control of the budget while going for an extension.
As curves and corners are bound to cost more to build, so it’s a wise idea to keep your extension design as simple as possible. Going for a rectangular or square footprint along with a simple pitched roof is an economical option. Off-the-shelf products, such as standard-size doors and windows are good options to incorporate in the design.
Made to order products should be avoided. Materials that are readily available and easy to use should be chosen. Go for ideas like sticking to cast concrete for the sub-floor, render or timber cladding, concrete block work for the walls, brick, and a softwood timber roof structure. Complicated groundwork’s need to avoid, such as building near to trees or drains and sewers, or other buried services for saving the groundwork costs.
DIY if possible!
As labour costs account for expenses between half and two-thirds of the outlay for a typical extension, it is a good idea to do some of the work yourself for savings.
Labouring, decorating and landscaping are the easiest tasks to take on. Doing the ‘second fix’ trades, such as tiling and fixing architraves, coving and skirting boards, kitchen and bathroom fitting is a good idea.
Take care of the fact that you only take on the work for which you have necessary time and skills for effective completion — always read about the work in advance with no rush. Poor workmanship with wasted materials renders DIY a costly affair. If you don’t have the expertise for the work where the results will be on view all the time, hire skilled people for the same.
Managing the extension yourself:
The total cost of labour and materials gets added up by 15 to 25 per cent by a builder as they cover their time for managing the project. It is possible to save a part of this cost if you decide to take the role of a building contractor. Such a form of management will involve liaising with your local authority’s building control department and your designer, searching and employing trades people, managing the process and fulfilling the need of all the necessary materials, plus scaffolding, skips and so on.
The process even after being time-consuming can prove to be much rewarding. All you need for this task is time and flexibility, management skills, confidence along with some knowledge of construction.
Reuse, recycle and repair:
Reusing existing materials instead of selling them or throwing them is an economical idea. Reviving and reusing materials like old floorboards, doors, and radiators after cleaning up and finishing saves a lot. Only unusable materials should be sold or traded.
Rather than buying new materials, it can be an economical idea to buy salvaged material son the internet or from salvage yards. Such an idea introduces an instant character. Reusable second-hand items offer savings, such as tiles, blocks, doors, floorboards, and roll-top baths.