Extending your house: Quick guide


Build an extension or start from scratch with a new house? The two options are discussed, although the extension has rather the wind at the moment. Faced with the scarcity and cost of land, we prefer to do the best with what we have because we are men!

The extension: reasons to make your house bigger

1. The extension of a house makes more exciting a renovation project.
Most of the candidates for the extension are no longer satisfied with a mundane surface but also want to improve the general aesthetics of the existing as well as the comfort. Is this the opportunity to create for example an open kitchen or a parental suite? dreams that one can not afford without doing important work in an old house. But it is often also the occasion to modify the interior volumes of a badly damaged ground floor, to improve the insulation, and to create openings on the garden.

2. The extension is cheaper
The extension has a lower cost per square meter than a new construction, essentially when considering the increase in land costs in built-up areas. Nowadays, the price of a plot often exceeds the price of the house you want to build.

3. The extension is easier to conceive oneself.
Attention, it nevertheless requires a “vision”, the prerogative, in principle, of good architects, but some profane are happily endowed. It remains for them to find the professionals (men of art, builders, craftsmen …) who will translate their ideas without betraying them. For those who do not (ideas), the architects also make extensions.

4 . The extension leaves more room for creativity.
The enlargement can completely change the look of the original home. It can be in agreement with the existing (respect of the constructive system, the materials, the relations of volume, the style …) or in opposition. Thus, we see more and more often extensions wood very contemporary, with large windows that give a facelift to ordinary houses.

Tools needed

Of course if you want to extend your house you’ll need some solid power tools. A good table saw like this Dewalt one will do well. Some other needed tools are an impact driver, nails, level, tape measure, sawhorse, and much more.

Basic Woodworking Tools


carpentry tools

First and foremost, when we choose our basic carpentry tools, whenever possible we should never select the cheapest ones on the market. If we get tools too cheap, they will end up costing us more in the long run.

When we buy good quality tools, we do not take this risk. For example, if you wanted a table saw it would pay to read some reviews before buying. Neither is it necessary to spend excessive money: in the market there is a wide offer of the same to excellent prices and brands. Next we will share a list of basic carpentry tools, both manual and electrical.

Basic Carpentry Tools

Toolbox: Every carpenter needs a good toolbox. We recommend from anything from the Dewalt brand of boxes with two or more compartments, to maintain good order.

Tape Measure: It is best to have one that is between 1 meter and 2 meters for the jobs that will inevitably require it.

Level: It is recommended that it be made of metal or aluminum, and of a good size.

Carpenter’s pencil: It is recommended to have 2, with well-tuned tips at both ends.

Chalk Line: This is a line produced by a rope soaked with chalk dust, which is stored in a container designed for that purpose. The rope is extended between two points with tension, holding the intermediate part above the surface. When you release the middle part, the rope falls on the surface and marks a straight line of chalk.

Chisel: Popular and widely used, the chisel is a tool with a sharp and straight mouth with a double bevel to work with.

Knife: The best feature is to be retractable, and to load it safely.

Hammer: Stay away from aluminum ones. The best are steel.

Pliers: Those that have diggers at both ends, one curved and the other straight, are preferable.

How to sleep better?


To relieve those who suffer from sleep disorder , the INVS recommends that certain conditions are met to “have quality sleep.”

It is advisable not to go to bed or to get up at too variable of schedules in order to help sleep. Waking up at the same time each day, even during the weekend, allows the body to keep the same rhythm of sleep and wakefulness.

man sleeping on mattress

Alarm Clock

Well wake up with a strong light, doing stretching exercises and taking a good full breakfast.

Physical exercise

A practice of a regular physical exercise during the day makes it possible to help fall asleep. It is best to avoid practicing it in the evening, especially before going to sleep.


Take a short nap in the early afternoon. Closing your eyes for 5 to 20 minutes and releasing your body allows sleep to come quickly if the need arises. A nap helps maintain vigilance the rest of the day.

Avoid Stimulants

Stimulants should be avoided for 6 hours before bed. Coffee, cola, tea, and vitamin C are delaying sleep and promote nighttime awakenings. Alcohol and tobacco should be avoided at night. The nicotine delays sleep onset and increases nighttime awakenings and causes a lighter sleep. Alcohol promotes an unstable sleep, punctuated by frequent nocturnal awakening. Moreover, it is an aggravating factor in nocturnal respiratory problems, such as sleep apnea or snoring.


Favour foods containing carbohydrates slow (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta), because they promote sleep by allowing control inputs during the night. Dairy products are also indicated in the evening. Cooked fries and fats should be avoided. The evening meal should not be skipped, at the risk of feeling hungry during the second half of the night.

Room and bed

The temperature in the room should be around 18 ° C. It is necessary to think to air well and to make well the darkness in the room, because it favors the deep sleep. The secretion of melatonin , hormone sleep, is favored in the dark. It is important to take care of your bedding and change it regularly. The bed should be in a space reserved exclusively for sleep, except for sexual activity.  A good air mattress also helps when traveling to get a good night sleep.

End of the day

Intellectual work should be avoided just before sleep. Bright light, games or computer work can cause sleep problems. Reserve a quiet period of relaxation about 30 minutes before sleep. Having its own sleeping ritual promotes a natural, soft sleep.
Lying down at the first signs of sleep.




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