5 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Home Extension

Home extensions can be both exciting and daunting.

On one hand, you are adding to your villa. On the other hand, there are so many pieces of the puzzle to consider.

After building beautiful home extensions throughout Dubai and the UAE over the past two decades, there are a few things the experts at Milestone have learned along the way!

We’ve compiled the most important things you need to know before you embark on your home extension.



What’s Your Budget?


Determining your budget is one of the more fundamental aspects of your home extension projects.


Before you make any decisions (and ideally before you contact your design team), you should take a minute or two, and decide how much you would like to spend on your home extension project.


Once you’ve given yourself a budget, your design team will be able to stick to it. They’ll provide you with cost effective solutions and options that meet your project requirements and personal tastes.


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What Do You Want to Achieve with Your Home Extension?


Before you invest in a villa extension, it’s important that you understand what you want to achieve with your new space.


Are you looking for a new living area that the entire family can enjoy? Do you envision an extra room for a home office or new addition to the family? Perhaps you want an expansive kitchen and dining area to entertain family and friends?


What you want to do your new space and what you want to use your extension for will determine what kind of alterations you need to make to your home.


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How Long Will it Take?


House extensions don’t happen instantly or even overnight.


Setting aside the actual design and build processes, planning permissions and building permits take time. Keep this in mind and remain calm and patient.


When planning a home extension, we always recommend considering the time of year, factor in personal variables such as holidays, family events and other occasions to avoid any massive disruption to your routine.

Once you do decide the best time frame for your home extension, the secret is to plan as far ahead as possible.

Be sure to share your timeline with your design team from the start. This will help keep the project on time and ensures everyone is on the same page.


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There are Rules and Permits Required


With local councils invested in the changes that happen in their local communities, there are rules and regulations that villa owners must comply with.

You may be surprised to discover that where you once had a window positioned in your existing villa, it’s no longer permissible in your new renovation.

The only solution is to work within the guidelines and to choose a design team who has experience in dealing with your local planning department and the residential regulations.

This ensures all permits are obtained and that all renovations meet local building guidelines.



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Hire an Expert


If you’re like most people, you have neither to skills or time to complete your home extension on your own.

Like many other things in life, when in doubt you should hire a professional! It’s best to partner with design professionals to guarantee that your villa extension turns out exactly how you envision it.

When you’re planning a home extension, it’s essential that you hire the right people.
And the right people are professional designers and builders.

Before hiring a design and build team for your villa extension conduct a thorough background check on any company you are considering working with.

Take a look at their recently completed projects, client testimonials and their industry reputation.


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At Milestone, we take pride in helping you transform your space.

Whether you want to add a single room or an entire wing, our team of professional designers and builders are excited to bring your vision to life.

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation to learn more about how we can get your project started off on the path to completion.