People choose to have extensions on their properties for various reasons. For
example, if you have recently set up your own business, it can allow you to have
your own office space, making it easier to separate your work life from your
home life, even while working from home!
Equally, it may be you want to give guests their own space or simply fancy
adding a bit space to your home. Whatever the reason, it helps to choose a
builder that knows how to do this properly, safely and in a way that will help you
get the most from your extension.
Before you begin any construction work, it is recommended you discuss any
potential plans with your neighbours first. This then means they are more likely
to be prepared for any potential disruption and are less likely to raise objections
because they have been involved in the process.
Once this has been done, the next crucial aspect is to secure planning
permission. This is not always necessary, but the rules can vary depending on
your local council and their particular rules and regulations.
Even if a project does not require planning permission, it will still require
Building Regulations Approval first. This is important as the approval has been
put in place to ensure consistent building standards in all UK construction
It may sound like an obvious statement, but it is one that cannot be emphasised
enough- it is very important to set a budget for how much the project is going to
One way to ensure that your budget is accurate is to use the services of a
quantity surveyor, as they will be able to give you an idea of costs that is going
to be more accurate based on experience of weighing up the costs of previous
Once you have an idea of the likely costs of your project, it is recommended that
you add on another 10 to 15 per cent in order to provide a contingency fund.
The fact is that delays can happen. If there is flooding or severe weather and
construction can’t go ahead, it helps to have funds in the budget to deal with
any potential additional issues that could arise.
Before you begin construction, it is also worth considering where the extension is
going to be built. It may be that the extension overlooks a babbling brook and
provides an ideal space for you to relax and unwind after a difficult day.
However, if the extension ends up being built in an area overlooking oncoming
traffic, the additional space may be cancelled out by noise and disruption. While
it’s hard to cover all potential possibilities, you do need to weigh up whether the
new area will be best suited to your requirements before you start construction
There are a couple of ways you can make an extension work. Typically, it will
either be an addition to the loft or attic space. Alternatively, people may want to
go further and add to the basement space.
You can change the shape of a room, giving it a different and distinct feel to
other areas of the house, ideal if you want a defined personal space such as a
game room or study. You can also add additional definition using features like a
hidden glazing panel.
Some designers may also look at your landscaping and seeing how this can be
incorporated as part of the design.
Get the right people on board
An extension can be a great way to help you get more from your property.
However, there is always the danger that unscrupulous people can claim to be
able to do the work for you but end up doing inferior work that can mean
spending more in the long term in order to correct their shoddy extensions.
The first thing to do is talk to a builder about the work that they have done in
the past. This will be a good way to gauge their experience. They should be able
to discuss the initial process of what the client wanted to do, how they made it
happen and what the client’s reaction was afterwards. Ideally, they should also
be able to provide references.
A builder should also be able to demonstrate if they are insured or if they are
part of an association, which is something that you can verify independently. Be
very wary of someone who knocks on your door offering work and does not
provide a central point of contact, as this can mean you may not be able to
contact them in the event of any issues.
The same is also true of working with a designer or a consultant. Ideally, they
should able to give you a portfolio, so you can look over designs they have
worked on in the past and whether or not they are appropriate to your particular
requirements. In addition, if they can show if they have won awards or have had
positive feedback from working with builders or from previous clients then this is
usually a positive sign.
It is also worth remembering that the lowest quote from a designer or a builder
is not necessarily the best value for money. A builder or designer ought to be
able to break down the costs involved with the project and what you can expect
to pay. This will then make it easier to gauge whether or not you wish to go
We want to help you create the ideal extension for your home, something that
will add value to your property, both in terms of monetary value but also in
terms of the enjoyment you get from your home while you are there. If you
would like to know more about the work we do and wish to discuss a quote
regarding a possible future extension, please contact us today and we will be
happy to discuss your project in more detail.
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