12 things to do before extending: How to kickstart your project in 2023

glass extension attached to the rear of a terraced home
(Image credit: Noto Architects/French + Tye)

Building an extension is one of the most popular home improvement projects —
and for good reason. If you love your home but you’ve outgrown it or now use it in a new way (many of us are now working from home more than we did) then extending gives you the opportunity to create the home you need without moving. 

But how do you go from knowing that you want to extend to actually embarking on a project? Who should you talk to? How do you establish a budget? Of course, each project will have its own nuances but there are some key considerations to bear in mind, whatever your project. 

Michelle Guy

Michelle was Homebuilding & Renovating magazine's Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018. 

She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project and bathroom renovation, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspo (and a Pinterest board or two, of course). 

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