House extensions in Ireland

If you are planning on constructing an extension to your house in Ireland, it is important to ask these questions before starting. These questions can also be asked if you are building an extension in another country.

Whether your family is growing or if you are looking to add a certain type of room (playroom, study, fitted kitchens Dublin, all purpose room, etc.) to your house, it is fundamental you understand all implications of home extension.

  1. The first question is figuring out what type of space you require. What type of room do you need? How necessary is it? Consider how this room will add to your overall house value.
  2. Is there space for an extension? Does reducing that particular space negatively affect surrounding areas? The available space should also be suitable for the new room you plan on making. For example, it wouldn’t make sense to have a playroom for the kids in the attic. Ireland allows you to extend up to 40 square meters without a permit under certain conditions. Anything more will require a planning permission. Look for your country’s guidelines for construction specifications.
  3. What kind of professionals do you require for the job? If the space is limited or tricky to build on, perhaps it is best to call in an architect. However, if it is a more straightforward task, a professional building contractor will be able to successfully complete the job. Nevertheless, remember to get a structural engineer to sign off on the job before starting!
  4. What are the building standards? Construction standards are minimal but they are the basis of which your standards will be built from. Ireland has the Irish 2008 Building Regulations Technical Guidance Documents that establish these conditions specifically.
  5. What construction resources are needed for the job at hand? In Ireland, most construction use block, timber frame, or insulated panels. There is also the option of insulated concrete. Talk with your contractor about the advantages and disadvantages of each material and which is suited best for the particular room you want.
  6. How long will the construction take? This is an important question because you will have to face the problems of on-site construction until it the project is complete. Duration varies greatly from job to job. It all depends on what materials are going to be used, how many workers there will be, project size and complexity, along with other influencing factors.
  7. Would you consider efficient construction and energy conservation? It is the new hype to build earth conscious; avoiding contaminating the ozone further by saving energy. There are various techniques that will allow for decreased energy consumption. Ask your contractor for more information or investigate through other means.

Make sure the contractor you select is a trusted one, with good referrals if possible. Cost should not be the only deciding factor when deciding upon a contractor. It is also obvious to have funding for your project, either through savings or with a bank. All projects should have a legal, binding contract so both parties can have a smooth transaction.

Always double check when in doubt with professionals to avoid making any costly or timely mistakes. Remember the general rule, there is no such thing as a dumb question. I wish you the best of luck in your construction endeavor and hope the article has helped you in a way.

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