If you are desperate for more room in your home, you may be thinking about building in your outside space. It’s certainly a viable alternative to moving. It can also be lot less expensive, if you make sure that you take time to plan the project before you start.
Not having an effective plan in place can mean that the project faces delays and spiralling costs. Obviously, you do not want this to happen. Here are four of the most important things to think about, if you are planning to build in your back yard.
Is it the right time to start the project?
You may be intending to hire professionals to do all of the work for you, but you still need to be available, to deal with any issues and check that everything is going according to plan. If you have other thinks on your mind, such as planning for a wedding, you are unlikely to want to deal with the distraction of a building project at the same time. You also need to think about holidays that may be coming up; make sure that you allow enough time for the project to be completed to your satisfaction, before you head off on your trip.
Do you know how much you can afford to spend?
Planning your budget is essential, before you make a start on a building project. Make sure that you know exactly what you can afford to spend, and which part of the project funds are allocated to. You also need to know where the finances are coming from. If you do not have a carefully planned budget in place, it can be easy to get carried away with your spending.
Are there any obstacles that you do not know about?
There are always likely to be some unexpected issues during a building project, but you need to do all that you can to keep these issues to a minimum. One important thing you need to be aware of is whether you are likely to face any physical obstacles along the way. If you know that there are obstacles, such as utility cabling, under the ground, you may find non-destructive digging techniques, such as hydro vacuum excavation, are a big help.
Do you have permission to build?
Even if you have all other plans in place, you should never start to build until you have investigated whether you need permission, and made sure that you have permission in place, if necessary. The last thing you want is to spend time, money and effort completing a building project, only to find that the structure has to be removed because you did not have permission to build in the first place.
All of these points are important to consider, before you start to build in your back yard. If you do not take time to think and plan before you start, you are more likely to encounter problems as the project progresses.