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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Saving Cash on Your Home Extensions: 4 Things to Consider

by Regina Barnett

There's something rather exciting about planning home extensions. Something fixed and solid like the building you call home suddenly takes on new dimensions that are both practical and beautiful. Unless you have a hefty amount of money earmarked for the project, there are a few things to carefully consider that could result in significant savings. 

1. The Complexity of the Design

Consider your design. While you might have some artfully drawn architectural plans, just think about the cost involved when it comes to the realisation of this vision. Even a seemingly simple thing such as a curved wall can greatly increase the complexity (and subsequent cost) of a building project. By all means, start at the top when it comes to the idea of what form you want your home extensions to take, but be prepared to remove things from the design until you arrive at the price you can afford for the project.

2. Use Pre-Prepared Structures

If a utilitarian type of design is going to be sufficient for your needs, you could consider a partially prefabricated extension. Whole communities are built out of shipping containers, which can be used as an extension for an existing dwelling. It's simply customised to order with windows and access points being cut before delivery. A corresponding access point is cut into your home and then the shipping container is laid on foundations. It can be then be wired, insulated and finished as needed. It can even have a facade applied to its exterior to match the design of your home.

3. The Location of the Building Project

And of course, the ease (and cost) of your proposed home extension will depend on just where it's to be built. It can even be a wise idea to have a backup plan in terms of the location of the extension. The site survey will reveal any groundwork (cables, drainage, sewerage systems) in the proposed location. While some types of groundwork can be rerouted, this can significantly increase the cost of the extension. So it's helpful to have an alternative proposal for the nature and extension of the extension just in case the cost suddenly escalates depending on the groundwork. Ideally, such a complication could be largely sidestepped with a minor repositioning and resizing of the original design.

4. Salvaged Materials

And finally, ask any potential contractor about whether they utilise salvaged materials. This can decrease the cost of the build in addition to being the more environmentally friendly choice.

Certainly you'll use and appreciate the new part of your home when it has been completed. You might end up appreciating it even more when you consider how much money you saved.