Extending your property means you can remodel your house to better reflect your lifestyle and suit your needs. House extensions are not only practical, they are inspirational – with simple changes bringing about astonishing results. You can collaborate your ideas with your architect or designers meaning you are in control of the design process from start to finish.
For a lot of households, there comes a time when your home becomes a bit of a squeeze. Maybe growing children are filling the house with their friends, toys and noise and making the rooms seem smaller than they used to be.
Why to do extension?
One of the main reasons home owners decide to extend is to Improve the Quality of your Property. In today’s property market – many cannot afford to move house or shy away from the stress of both selling and buying a new house simultaneously. If you are happy with your location and just need a bit of extra space – extending your house is the perfect answer.
The most basic benefit of a house extension is that you will have more living space. This means more room for your kids to play in, more beds for house guests to sleep in or simply more room for your day-to-day living. House extensions don’t just create new space, they redesign superfluous space. Loft and basement conversions tend to be easier to get planning permission for and can save you money on heating costs.
Home Extensions Melbourne give you the ability to change the design of your property both inside and out. Modernising your home can be achieved by house extensions – a favourite is to extend the kitchen and then knock down an internal wall to create a huge open plan living area. The possibilities are absolutely endless.
How to extend your house?
There is such a thing as a legally established ‘right to light’, usually established automatically ‘by prescription’ after 20 years. A right to light is a type of easement and overrides any planning permission you might have and your permitted development rights. However, it only provides for whatever light is reasonably required for the use of the building. It does not mean that your extension cannot obstruct a neighbour’s window or view, or reduce the amount of sunlight entering – these are planning considerations .
Although the legal minimum ceiling height has now been removed from the Building Regulations, there is still a practical minimum height and this is especially worth thinking about in attic and cellar conversions.
Circulation space is very important to the healthy function of a house, ensuring that it is liveable and that the best use is made out of all of the space. When extending, this may mean rethinking the function of every room in order that the principle rooms, most importantly the kitchen, dining and living space, can all be accessed directly from the main hallway.
You don’t need walls to define rooms. Creating larger, more open spaces will help to make a properly feel larger. The fewer walls you use, the more spacious and light a property will feel. You can define separate rooms and functions by using all sorts of other features such as furniture, lighting, floor coverings, decoration, floor or ceiling levels, and informal room dividers such as kitchen island or peninsula units, fireplaces, open shelving, island walls or even the staircase.
Role of Engineers in Home Extension Melbourne
Design: Many structural engineers deal primarily in the design of structures – calculating the loads and stresses the construction will have to safely withstand. Structural engineers should be able to factor in the different qualities and strengths delivered by a range of building materials, and understand how to incorporate support beams, columns and foundations.
Investigation: Before work can begin, structural engineers are involved in the investigation and survey of build sites to determine the suitability of the earth for the requirements of the upcoming project.
Communication: Structural engineers will be required to co-ordinate and consult with other members of their projects, including engineers, environmental scientists, architects and landscape architects. They may also be required to assist government bodies in their own inspections relating to the project.
Management: Structural engineers are often responsible for the organization and delivery of materials and equipment for the needs of the construction project. The supervision and management of on-site labour may also be a necessity.
Training: Because of the safety issues involved in their work, structural engineers must be trained to strict standards. Most structural engineering courses require a related undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline. After graduation, structural engineers work towards professional qualifications – becoming Associated and then Chartered Members with the Institution of Structural Engineers.