Building your Extension - what do you need to know?
When you are thinking about building an extension, there are a number of things you need to consider.
Browse our articles and case studies below for advice and inspiration.
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Building your home extension
What do you need to know?
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When you are thinking of doing some building work, who should you hire? Do you use a large, established building firm or opt for the conscientious, more personal sole-trader to build your home extension?
Building an eco-friendly home extension in today’s climate can be a tricky balance of trying to do the right thing while also keeping tabs on your budget
Here are our top tips to help minimise the impact of building work on you and your family.
Does it seems like only 30 minutes since your builders had their last tea break? Are you constantly peeking through the curtains to check they are not back in their van with a flask, or sitting on your driveway having another sup and a chin wag?
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Every industry has its own niche phrases or specialist terminology and the building is industry is no different. Herringbone or basket weave? A chippie or a sparky? Your chimney rendered or point work?
RSJs are the reason your home extension will stay up! If you are considering any major structural changes or removing a load-bearing wall, you will need a Rolled Steel Joint (RSJ) installed.
We’ve all heard scare stories of ‘cowboy builders’ who win work and leave the job unfinished. But the vast majority of builders are honest and hard-working. Here are our ten top tips to help prevent your dream home extension turning into a nightmare
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Often the start time for an extension build is dictated by your builder’s availability. If they come highly recommended, chances are they’ll be fully booked well in advance and the best advice is to get them booked in as soon as you can. But if you are able to specify a date, is it better to wait until the summer to begin a home extension?
If you are planning a home extension it can be tricky to know where to start. Do you call an architect first or a builder?
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A selection of case Studies
see what others have done!
A case study detailing a couple's approach to adding an Orangery on to the back of their bungalow
A case study detailing how one home owner built a brand new garden shed using mainly materials left over from his extension
Case study describing how one couple made the most of their outdoor space with a Summer House.
A case study on how one owner decided which builders to use for his extension
A case study describing how one home owner worked out the best way to save money when working on a large extension project
A case study describing how one home owner worked out the best way to work with his builders
A case study on how one home owner converted his garage and car port into an entertainment space
A case study showing the need to be aware of all the problems that can occur - even a nail through a pipe can cause unforeseen problems!
A case study detailing how one home owner redesigned his garden on a very small budget