You have the space for it and you already know what you want to do with it. You also already have the budget and your trusty contractor is on speed dial. But, hold your horses first and go through the list below to make sure that you have truly well thought of every aspect of your house extension project.
Have you coordinated your existing space to accommodate the new?
Consider this for a moment. You want to have a more open plan layout for your kitchen. Sure, that seems doable. You just need to knock down some of the walls and remove some doors, but have you considered your living room or whatever room there is next to your kitchen?
If you started removing walls, there might not be anything to separate your kitchen from the other parts of your home. It might not be ideal for you to have an open kitchen if other sections of your home are close to it and having the walls removed would not be ideal.
Do you have the vertical space?
Some homeowners have only thought of the horizontal space when they plan their house extension. This should not be the case. You also need to consider if you have the vertical space for it. Contractors for Melbourne-based home extensions constantly remind their clients that vertical space is also important.
They affect the overall look and feel of a room. When you have big vertical space, the room would have a more spacious feel. Say for example, you are planning to have a theatre room for your house extension. This type of room obviously would need to have a roomy vertical space, otherwise you and your family members would not have that genuine cinematic experience.
Have you considered pocket doors?
One of the best innovative home designs that is slowly started going mainstream are pocket doors. Pocket doors are ingenious because they give homeowners the option of having a wall or an open plan. This is particularly loved by homeowners starting their house extension project especially if the project is for an outdoor functional space.
The door would be slid out for privacy and for security when the owners are sleeping or out of town and it would be slid in for additional guests’ space without the guests occupying the outdoor space feeling left out from the party happening inside the house or vice versa.
Are you taking advantage of the view?
If your house extension is adding another floor to your home, take advantage of the view (if you have one). If your home is in a secluded area and it is possible, have one part of your home with floor to ceiling glass to have all-natural light come in during the day. The glass would also make your home look and feel spacious.
Don’t forget also to redo your home’s exterior even if the extension is only internal and the changes are not visible outside or did not affect your home’s exterior. With this, your home’s extension would feel complete.