Can You Build on Top of a Single Storey Extension

Matt Keane
July 10, 2023

Are you considering building on top of your single-storey extension? We know it's a challenging task, full of crucial considerations like planning permissions and structural assessments.

Having faced similar challenges ourselves, we've explored the subject extensively to bring you clear answers. This blog post will guide you through the process, explaining how to assess your property’s suitability for an upward expansion and navigate any bureaucratic obstacles along the way.

Stick with us as we unfold all there is to know about expanding your house upward.

Key Takeaways

  • Building on top of a single storey extension is possible, but it requires careful planning and consideration.
  • Before starting the project, you need to assess the structural stability and foundation of your existing structure.
  • It's important to understand the planning permission requirements and building regulations for your area.
  • Building on top of a single storey extension can provide increased living spaceenhance property value, and improve functionality.

Considerations for Building on Top of a Single Storey Extension

When building on top of a single storey extension, it is important to assess the structural stability and foundation of the existing structure before proceeding.

Structural and foundation assessment

Before we start any work, we need to check the strength of your house. We dig a hole near your house, known as a trial hole. This helps us see how deep and strong the current foundations are.

The type of land also affects this process. For example, flat or hilly areas may require different steps before building an extension on top. It's vital not to skip this step, as it assures that your existing home can support another floor or extension safely.

Planning permission requirements

To build on top of a single-storey extension, it's important to understand the planning permission requirements. In Ireland, you may need to get approval from the local authority before making any changes or additions to your house.

There are specific regulations regarding the size and height restrictions for extensions, and these may vary depending on where you live. It's crucial to consider these planning issues before starting your project and ensuring that you comply with all the necessary rules and regulations.

Building regulations compliance

When building on top of a single storey extension, it is important to ensure compliance with the relevant building regulations. These regulations are put in place to ensure that the construction work meets certain standards for safety and functionality.

This includes considerations such as structural stabilityfire safetyinsulationventilation, and accessibility. It is crucial to work with a professional who is knowledgeable about these regulations and can guide you through the process.

By complying with the building regulations, you can have peace of mind knowing that your extension is safe and built to last.

In Ireland specifically, there are specific guidelines outlined by the Building Control Regulations 1997-2019. These regulations cover areas such as structural design, energy efficiency requirements (including insulation and heating systems), drainage systems, fire safety measures (including escape routes and smoke alarms), electrical installations, and disabled access provisions.

It is important to engage an architect or other professional who is familiar with these regulations so that your project adheres to all necessary standards.

Cost implications

Building on top of a single storey extension can have cost implications that homeowners need to consider. Adding an extra floor to an existing extension or extending a single storey extension to double storey may involve additional expenses.

Factors such as structural assessments, planning permission requirements, and compliance with building regulations can impact the overall cost of the project. Moreover, materials, labour, and design considerations will contribute to the total expenditure.

Therefore, it is important for homeowners in Ireland to carefully budget and plan for these costs before embarking on a building project.

Benefits of Building on Top of a Single Storey Extension

Building on top of a single storey extension offers homeowners a range of benefits, including increased living space, enhanced property value, and improved functionality. Find out how this can transform your home!

Increased living space

Building on top of a single-storey extension can provide you with increased living space in your home. This means that you can have more room for your family, hobbies, or storage. You could use the additional space to create an extra bedroom, a home office, or a playroom for the kids.

By extending upwards, you are making the most of the available land and maximising the potential of your property.

Adding another floor to your existing extension allows you to expand without encroaching on valuable outdoor space or compromising your garden area. It is a great solution if you want to create more usable areas within your home without having to move into a bigger property.

Plus, by increasing the living space in your house, you also have the opportunity to enhance its functionality and make it better suited to meet your needs.

Not only does building on top of a single-storey extension give you more room to live and breathe, but it can also add significant value to your property. An extended home with multiple floors generally attracts higher market prices compared to single-storey properties.

So not only do you get extra space for yourself but also an investment that pays off in terms of increased property value should you decide to sell in the future.

Enhanced property value

Building on top of a single storey extension can significantly enhance the value of your property. By adding another floor, you are essentially creating more living space, which is highly desirable for potential buyers.

This additional space can be used for extra bedrooms, a home office, or even a leisure area like a gym or entertainment room. Increasing the size and functionality of your home through an extension not only improves your quality of life but also attracts more buyers when it comes time to sell.

Moreover, if you have followed all the necessary regulations and obtained planning permission for your extension, it adds a sense of legitimacy and professionalism to your property, further increasing its value in the eyes of potential buyers.

So not only will building on top of your single storey extension give you more livable space, but it can also provide a solid return on investment by enhancing the overall value of your property.

Improved functionality

Building on top of a single-storey extension can greatly improve the functionality of your home. By adding an extra floor, you can create more living space and better utilise the existing area.

This means that you can have additional bedrooms, a home office, or even a playroom for the kids. The possibilities are endless! It's important to consider planning permission and building regulations when making these changes, but with careful planning and professional help, you can achieve the improved functionality you desire without any hassle.

Hiring a Professional for the Project

When hiring a professional for the project, it is important to find a reputable builder or contractor who has experience building on top of single storey extensions.

Finding a reputable builder or contractor

When looking for a reputable builder or contractor to work on your single storey extension project, consider the following:

  1. Research online: Look for builders or contractors in your local area who specialise in extensions and have positive reviews from previous clients.
  2. Seek recommendations: Ask family, friends, or neighbours who have recently completed extension projects for their recommendations and experiences with builders or contractors.
  3. Check credentials: Ensure that the builder or contractor is licenced, insured, and registered with the relevant professional bodies.
  4. Get multiple quotes: Obtain quotes from at least three different builders or contractors. This will help you compare prices and determine if they align with your budget.
  5. Ask for references: Request references from the builders or contractors you are considering. Contact these references to inquire about their experience working with the builder or contractor.
  6. Visit completed projects: If possible, visit homes where the builder or contractor has completed similar extension projects. This will give you an idea of their workmanship and attention to detail.
  7. Review contracts carefully: Before signing any contracts, read them thoroughly. Ensure that all project details, timelines, payment terms, and warranties are clearly stated.
  8. Communication is key: Choose a builder or contractor who communicates effectively and listens to your needs and concerns throughout the project.

Obtaining quotes and estimates

To ensure you have a clear understanding of the costs involved in your single storey extension project, it is important to obtain quotes and estimates from reputable builders or contractors.

By doing so, you can compare prices and select the option that best suits your budget. When requesting quotes, make sure to provide detailed information about the project, including any specific requirements or preferences you may have.

Additionally, check the credentials and references of potential contractors to ensure they are experienced and reliable. This will help you make an informed decision and move forward with confidence in your chosen builder or contractor.

Checking credentials and references

When hiring a professional for your single storey extension project, it's important to thoroughly check their credentials and references. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Research reputable builders or contractors in your area.
  2. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or neighbours who have undertaken similar projects.
  3. Obtain quotes and estimates from multiple professionals to compare prices and services.
  4. Check the credentials of the builder or contractor, including their licences, certifications, and insurance coverage.
  5. Request references from previous clients and contact them to inquire about their experience working with the professional.
  6. Visit completed projects by the builder or contractor to assess the quality of their workmanship.
  7. Consider hiring professionals who specialise in single storey extensions or have extensive experience in this type of construction.

Ready to Elevate Your Home? Start Your Upward Extension Today!

In conclusion, building on top of a single storey extension is possible, but it requires careful planning and consideration. Factors such as structural assessment, planning permission requirements, compliance with building regulations, and cost implications need to be taken into account.

By hiring a professional builder or contractor and following the necessary procedures, homeowners can create increased living space, enhance property value, and improve functionality in their homes.

So if you're thinking about extending your single storey extension upward, make sure to do your research and consult with experts to ensure a successful project.

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