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Hi, I'm Mandy. If you're looking for tips on pool construction, you've come to the right place. We've just had a new pool installed and I'm full of advice! When I started on our pool I thought it would be an easy build. Boy, was I wrong. I didn't know anything about building a pool apart from the fact I wanted one. Luckily, our construction company set me straight. They helped me work out how big the pool could be and they showed me which shape would suit our yard space. They sorted out permits and even gave me advice on fencing. To find out what I learned, read through my blog. Hope it helps!

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A Guide on Home Extensions.

by Bessie Beck

If you need to increase the amount of living space in your home, building an extension is a viable option. A home extension may serve as a bedroom, kitchen, living room or a garage, depending on your needs. Below a few tips to guide you when considering a home extension

Impact of the extension

Ask your real estate agent if the planned extension will help increase the value of your home. Extensions that take up the whole property may make buyers that wish to have a garden disinterested in your property. Also, there are building development regulations that may prevent you from making certain kinds of home extensions.

Neighbours

You must be thoughtful about your neighbours when planning an extension. For instance, they may not be very comfortable with a balcony overlooking their property. On the other hand, if you will have equipment that will cause a lot of noise in the neighbourhood, you should let your neighbours know. 

Insurance

Visit the insurance company and inform them of your plan to build an extension. You might have to pay higher premiums, as the insurer will have to spend more to rebuild the house in case of an accident. Failure to notify your insurer could make your policy void even if you continue paying your annual premiums. 

Access

Your planned extension should be easily accessible.  Consider how the builder will transport the materials to the site. If materials have to go through the main house, then you might need to move furniture and remove tiles and carpets.

Design

Hire an architect to design the proposed extension. The extension should either conform to your home's current design or enhance the beauty of your home. Poorly designed extensions will drastically decrease the value of your home.  If the extension is to serve as a living room, you may consider hiring an interior designer to incorporate modern living room designs. He or she will come up with lighting, flooring, furniture and wall designs. 

Building contractor 

Visit a few contractors with the proposed design and ask how much they will charge to build the extension. Your choice of contractor should be experienced, reputable and affordable. You can choose to purchase the materials on your own to save costs. 

A carefully planned home extension will not only make your home appealing but may also increase its market value. The primary considerations to make when planning an extension are the impact of the extension, neighbours, design, access, insurance, and the building contractor.

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