Let in the light and boost the space in your home

There’s never been a better time to build an extension to your house to add to both its value and your comfort. Here are some tips on how to inject new light and life into your home this year The long winter months can lead to some of us feeling a bit boxed-in at home. Is your family growing, or are you just sick of wishing for more space and light in your living areas? 2014 could be the year for an exciting new home extension and DoneDeal can help pave the way. No time like the present Thanks to the government’s new Home Renovation Initiative (HRI), homeowners who spend between €5,000 and €35,000 on home improvements can avail of an income tax credit of 13.5%. However, you need to be aware when you’re sourcing a builder that the HRI only applies to those who are registered and who have a tax clearance certificate – so don’t be shy about asking. Before you begin There are different types of extensions and their planning requirements can vary greatly. The first thing to do is to check with your local council whether or not you need planning permission for what you intend to build. How much the extension will cost depends on the type of extension you’re looking for. These include: Attic conversion – make the most of unused attic space to create functional rooms such as a study, an extra bedroom or a den for the children Conservatory – maximise the amount of light in your living area and add a new living space Porch – make your front entrance more energy efficient and add storage units for shoes and other outdoor items to save space and mess Sunroom – maximise the light in the inner rooms of your home and create an extra living space One- and two-storey extensions – significantly add to your living space by building onto an existing flat roof to create an extra room, or go the whole nine yards with a more sizeable, two-storey extension to your home Do your research – get a clear idea of how much the extension you’ve chosen should cost and how long it should take. This puts you in a better position to negotiate with the builder. Get the ball rolling Once you know what you want done, make DoneDeal your first port of call. Have a look at the Building Services. There are plenty of experienced tradesmen offering their services on DoneDeal. You can also create your own ad looking for quotes from registered builders in your local area. Be very clear and specific about the type of work you want done, as different extensions require different levels of expertise. As with any service provider, always look for testimonials of previous work they’ve done. Whenever possible, see the finished product yourself. Save where you can Once you have a builder lined up, you can save a lot of money by sourcing your own materials for the build itself. Liaise with your builder about what you’ll need and what quantity, etc. DoneDeal’s Home Improvements and DIY section has ads offering everything from building materials such as bricks, slates and flooring, to doors, windows and ready-made conservatories. #HomeRenovationInitiative #HouseampDIY