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Think long-termWhen you’re working out your budget, also consider any extra outlays that could arise later on. “The price of extending doesn’t only include those immediate design and build costs,” says Leena. “You can save money in the long run by doing things efficiently from the start.” She recommends you make sure your contractors are experienced and skilled. “Incompetent builders can leave you with problems later on,” she says, “costing you more than doing it to a high standard the first time.”Also consider your energy costs. “Insulating and draughtproofing your home will protect it against heat loss,” Leena says. “Double glazing is also effective for retaining heat, which can save you some money on the heating bills.”Lastly, she suggests opting for more energy-efficient appliances. “Although these appliances have a high initial cost, you will most certainly get the return on them,” she says.Tell us…Are you planning to extend your home? Will you be following any of these tips to stay on budget, or do you have any extra advice of your own? Share your thoughts, ideas and tips in the Comments section.
We’ll help you with your room layout, tooWhile an architect’s main training is to look at the whole house on a “grand” scale, we also know how to look at every detail. So with a kitchen, for instance, we’ll make sure it functions efficiently for you and you can seamlessly move from one task to another without going backwards and forwards.