Do we move or do we extend? That’s a question a lot of people face at a certain time in their lives, a growing family, a change in lifestyle, or just to change to fit a more modern family setting, all these are factors that will have a bearing on what you decide to do. 

We, at E P Muldoon think, you must look at all the pros & cons so you can make the best-informed decision that you can. We feel that due to our extensive experience within the field of domestic building, we are in the perfect position to offer some advice and pointers that may help you along the way as you try to decide what is best for you. 

Firstly, you need to identify what it is that you are looking to create within your new space. 

We would also advise that, before contacting an architect, a good starting point, is to make a list of both the advantages and disadvantages of such a project, along with items that you feel would be a must if you were to proceed with any sort of building project. 
Wet rooms or traditional en suites, underfloor heating or traditional heating systems, traditional energy or renewables, floor finishes, wall finishes, electrical finishes etc. All these are factors that you may want to consider before making your final decisions. The earlier you can the information the Architect can put into the design and therefore the more detail the builder has to cost when quoting. 

In most cases, when a client has a project carried out, it is very probably the only major works they will carry out in their lifetime. 

So, it is quite easy to miss things out if you don’t carry out the process in a fundamental process. In effect the time you spend before the Architects involvement Is time very well spent, & there is a value to this work, all too often we see things have been rushed and missed in all excitement of moving ahead. The more information you can provide the Architect the better-quality drawings he will be able to provide so that prospective builders all have the fullest of information within the tender package. 
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