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3 Ways to Prepare for a House a Extension Project

Renovate your small space with the help of these reminders

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Photography: Pat Martires Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol

Homeowners opt to have house extensions for a good number of reasons. There are some who can make use of the extra space—perhaps to build a room for the new member of the family or maybe to build a bigger kitchen. A few would love to have a garden or lanai where they can relax and entertain friends. There are also homeowners who simply want to ensure the comfort of the family and improve a small space.

However, it's important to note that while a house extension project is the solution, you can't just start a renovation project ASAP. Here are three important things that you need to consider first:

Check the existing structure of the home

There needs to be structural walls and columns that your contractor can link to your new extension; otherwise, a structure independent from the existing house is the more viable option.

Study the remaining lot area and perimeter

If it's too small, it defeats the initial purpose of creating a bigger home. Because of this, most successful house extensions are built at the rear of the house and not at the frontpreserving the character of the original façade, and taking advantage of the bigger backyard space.

Prepare your renovation budget

Many things factor into a house extension—adding a foundation, retaining walls, new flooring, a new roof—all are costly and tend to add up in the end. It is best to consult an architect to save on time, money, and potential mistakes. Keep in mind that you also need building permits for a major renovation like this.

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This snippet originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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