Week 27 of Beeny Knows Best, where our very own Sarah Beeny takes to the blog to answer your property-related questions.
We moved to a 3-bed 1950s semi 18 months ago, and deliberately didn't over stretch ourselves, knowing we had a baby on the way and would probably be down to one income only. However, with a second baby hopefully in the near future and space shrinking by the day, we're considering extending. Most houses in the road have gone out to the side and rear, but our house already has a ground rear extension, and our corner plot won't allow for a side extension. So our only option is a loft conversion with a flat roof dormer. We find them quite boxy and ugly (especially when next door is attached and won't have one, nor do other houses in the street), but it would offer us a spacious 4th bedroom. Do you think it would add value, or could it put future buyers off? - Emma
It may be unlikely that you would get planning permission if no precedent has been set already down the street, so I wouldn't raise your hopes too much just yet. However, it would probably be worth enquiring at your local planning office to be sure as if done right, this could definitely add some value to your property, and is a much more cost-effective way to accomodate a growing family than moving all together would be.
What are they key questions to ask new workmen before I let them loose on our kitchen extension? I've heard many horror stories about botched work and want to make sure we don't fall into that category! - Tim
The key is to make sure you talk about everything, give as many drawings and put as much as you can down on paper, keeping copies. Builders are not mind readers so if you don't tell them everything you want then don't be surprised if its not quite how you want. Good luck!
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