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Considerations Before Building An Extension

Are You Considering Adding To Your Premises?

A majority of people are keen to crack on to start a new project, but thinking about it, and planning the project carefully, will more than likely lead to a more desirable result. Before getting carried away with the project and starting to select new furnishings, there are more important things to consider.

Project Timeline

How long will the entirety of your project take?

A standard project might take:

1 – 2 months to survey, estimate and design before planning.

2 – 3 months to plan the project after designing.

1 – 2 months for structural drawings to be produced and submitted for approval.

½ – 1 month to tender for the project.

2 – 3 weeks to get a contract partner to start the works.

There may end up being additional requirements in order to gain planning permission and building control approval, if this is the case it can delay the process. On the other hand, a professional architect should expect any planning and building control issues beforehand, allowing them to be dealt with when they appear.

There may end up being additional requirements in order to gain planning permission and building control approval, if this is the case it can delay the process. On the other hand, a professional architect should expect any planning and building control issues beforehand, allowing them to be dealt with when they appear.

There may end up being additional requirements in order to gain planning permission and building control approval, if this is the case it can delay the process. On the other hand, a professional architect should expect any planning and building control issues beforehand, allowing them to be dealt with when they appear. You should have a plan of when you wish to start working on site, typically most people want their projects to start in or close to the summer months. With that in mind, you should allow plenty of time for all designs and plans to be approved, as well as sourcing a construction partner, before the date you wish the project to start.

You should have a plan of when you wish to start working on site, typically most people want their projects to start in or close to the summer months. With that in mind, you should allow plenty of time for all designs and plans to be approved, as well as sourcing a construction partner, before the date you wish the project to start.

There are obvious reasons that a project could be delayed or paused. Weather plays a major factor in the construction industry. Bear this in mind, and allow ample time for the project to be completed.

Build Quality

A key to think about is the purpose of the extension, ask ‘Why do we want/need an extension?’ You may have multiple answers, but they will typically fall into a couple of categories.

A – This is your forever home, so you want to maximise the amount of space, thinking about the long-term benefits.

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B – You want to transform this property into your dream home, turning it into a forever home.

You may be lucky and already own a home in an area that you like, and have no intent on moving. If you are happy and settled in your environment, then it may be the case that you simply want to maximise the amount of space you have, or you may want to transform it into your dream home. If this is the case, then the project is more about the value of your day to day use of your home.

C – You’re looking to add value to your home.

If the project is simply about adding value to your home, then it is suggested to talk with an estate agent before making any decisions.

D – You need to create extra space in the short term until you are able to move.

You will need to think about how much you are going to spend on an extension, against the costs of moving. You must take into account removal costs, legal fees and resettlement costs, you will most likely want to make alterations to the property you move into, so that needs to be taken into account too.

If the money you are looking to spend on moving nears or is above the amount you are looking to spend on creating more space, then it may be a case of developing your existing home, into a space you do not want to leave.

E – There is that space in your home that nags you every time you use it!

Unless you are living in a home that you really hate, then for a reasonable budget you can make some drastic changes that will provide you with the space that you.

Services

Services refer to the supply of gas, water, electricity and drainage to a building.

You must understand whether or not the area of development may interfere with the existing supply of services to the building. If it will then you will need to think about relocating the meters that will be interfered with.

Do not forget how the property is drained. Is there a drainage area near or below the area that will be developed? It is common for local water boards to create shared drainage areas between neighbouring houses. If the area will be above a sewer, then a ‘Build over sewer’ application will need to be approved, if you’re unsure consult your architect.

Costs

What kind of budget do you have for the extension project?

Many people freeze at the sound of somebody mentioning a budget. The whole purpose of a budget is to make sure that the project is designed and completed in a way that can be afforded, ensuring that the project is delivered effectively. If you set a budget before any works have started, and how much are willing to spend, then a professional architect will try to bring the project in within the budget set and will aim for providing the best value.

If you set a budget before any works have started, and how much are willing to spend, then a professional architect will try to bring the project in within the budget set and will aim for providing the best value. A lot of the time people want more than they can afford with the budget they set. Setting your budget early and letting the architect know, is the best way to determine whether or not your project is reasonable or not.

A lot of the time people want more than they can afford with the budget they set. Setting your budget early and letting the architect know, is the best way to determine whether or not your project is reasonable or not. It is worth noting that you will be paying VAT for builders’ fees, materials, building control fees and professional fees, it is also common for quoted prices to be nett of

It is worth noting that you will be paying VAT for builders’ fees, materials, building control fees and professional fees, it is also common for quoted prices to be nett of VAT. The good news is that you won’t be charged VAT on planning application fees, works to adjust the home for the needs of a person with disabilities or works to create a new dwelling. With that said, legislation on these things changed regularly, so it is best to check with your local government or HMRC for the latest information.

As an industry standard, you can expect to be paying £1,000 – £1,250 for every square metre of the extension. Of course, this will vary depending on the construction partner, the materials used, the quality and complexity of the construction process.

The Creative Construction Group’s building division takes care of a range of Commercial and Residential projects for the Retail, Commercial, New Build, Private Housing, Industrial and Local Government sectors. This includes liaising with design, planning and building regulations to ensure your project meets all current legislation.

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