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Home extension specialists in Derbyshire

Many home owners dream of a new home extension to add extra space and light to their home. So how do you go about adding your home extension, well a home extension project is split into two sections. The design stage and the construction or building stage, the first stage being the design stage. This is not just getting plans drawn up but thinking about the finer details like brick matching finishing items and how to lay out your new home extension. The design stage is not just about deciding where to put windows and doors but also how to get the best value from your home extension budget. This can be done in many ways but the key is to focus on value rather than cost. If you just focus on price you can end up losing features or finishes that could well add more value than they cost to incorporate. This is more important on grander properties and larger extensions. Home buyers will be looking to pay more for top end properties but will also be more exacting. This means that you cannot get away with installing a £3000.00 kitchen in a £500,000 pound house it would knock more value from the asking price than the savings made on buying a cheaper kitchen. So take some time when planning a home extension to look at all the various aspects of the design after all once it has been built changes are both difficult and expensive. The next stage is the construction or building phase, and it does not matter how good your design and material specification is the quality of your building contractors work will make or break the look and feel of your home extension project. So take some time in selecting your building contractor check references and ask to see previous examples of their work. Make sure that your contractor is as excited and passionate about your home extension project as you are.

Need extra space for Christmas? Time for a home extension?

No one likes to think about Christmas too early and retailers are often accused of starting Christmas too early. With that said many families are starting to plan who is visiting who and many hosts are wondering where their guests will stay or how they will all fit round the dining table. So what are the options for extra space in your home? Well adding a bedroom can be done in a few ways, converting an existing garage or a loft conversion. Or you could go for a house extension there is still time to get this build before Christmas if you get going soon. If you are considering a home extension why not get it built and start enjoying your investment. Home extensions can often add more value to your home than they cost to build and be a good way to take your first steps into the world of property development. Planning a home extension lets you experience the process of planning, building regulations approval and the building stages of your home extension project. Many home owners enjoy the creative process of choosing the design and selecting the finishing touches like tiles and bathroom fittings. It is important to find good professionals you can work with to make your home extension project the best it can be. So chose a design and building team that are as enthusiastic as you are about your home extension. Take some time to discuss your project with your architect and your building contractor. There experience on other projects will put them in a good position to give you design ideas and help you get the best value from your home extension project budget.

Top tips for planning a home extension or building project

If you are planning a home extension or building project there are two distinct sections to your project the first is the design stage and the second is the building stage. Dependant on the size and scope of the project will depend on how much time is required for the building project. Many building projects require input from the local building control department if they involve structural alterations under part “A” of building regulations or often under part “L” which covers the thermal efficiency of buildings. This can either be done under a building regulations notice or full plan submission. To satisfy building control that your proposed works will meet current building regulations you may require building regulation drawings. These are sometimes referred to as construction drawings as they contain the details of the various specifications of the materials to be used or the layout of a building scheme. The other consideration is that what you ask your building contractor to build, is also what you envisage as the finished project. A lack of design and detail can often lead contractors to make alterations as they see fit, many contractors can advise from past experience their opinion of what is the best way to achieve the results you want. This can however lead to confusion for instance if you ask a contractor to cut a new doorway in do they realise the exact position of the opening? Can you still fit that new item of furniture in next to the new doorway? So take time to establish final design and material choices prior to starting the project. The second stage is to find a reputable building contractor it is never that difficult to find a builder who is willing to start your project but what will the end result be? You should spend some time talking to the contractor do they have the right type of experience in the type of project you wish to undertake? Ask to see examples of previous projects they have successfully completed, good contractors will also be able to give you references from other construction industry professionals they have previously worked with surveyors, structural engineers and architects. Although project budgets are always close to a home owner’s heart do not always just be driven by price. Good contractors can charge a premium for their services but this can offer good value as they can work with you to suggest alterative materials and specification that can actually reduce costs. The other consideration is that some contractors can be a little more honest than others. So make sure you take plenty of time to review the quotations, good building contractors will make sure they include all the items you will need to successfully complete your project. They may also add provisional sums for items like tile choices and electrical works that are harder to quantify during the design stages of the project. You may find that short less detailed quotations are more difficult to compare and do not offer the fixed price certainty that a more detailed quotation will provide. Less scrupulous contractors will “go in cheap”, and win it back on the “extras”. Basically the items that should have been included in their original quotation, you may not enjoy hearing “sorry that was not included in the original quotation” for the fourth or fifth time. So like most things in life you only get out of a building project what you put in, so take the time to put in a sensible amount of time and money to achieve the end results you desire.

Civil, commercial, and residential sectors of construction industry all see rises in activity

The purchasing manager’s index has see rises in activity in the three sectors together for the first time in nine months. The area to see the highest level of growth was the civil sector with residential construction seeing the second consecutive month of gains. There has also been a positive rise in construction output for the last 12months. Many in the construction industry have hopes that the government’s plans for large infrastructure project spending will have a positive influence on the civil sector. Will this increase in activity make it harder to find a good builder?

Do I need planning?

Seeking Planning Permission for alterations/extensions to your home or for a new build, if you have not been involved in such matters before, can be rather daunting for some people. It is important to bear in mind a few guidelines and I mention a couple of these which are important to note before any works start.
(1) Don?t progress any works on the project in mind before you have researched what Planning Permission, or other Authority you need. You can be made to remove/ or the Local Authority will take action to remove any/all building works in some cases, at your expense, and it is not advisable to rely on Retrospective Planning Permission being given for any building project deemed to need Planning Permission.
(2) You could need Building Regulations Approval, even if you don?t need full Planning Permission.
A reputable Builder, will of course know Building Regulations details, and you should note it covers such things as structural requirements, energy efficiency, fire safety, damp proofing etc.
An experienced /reputable builder will progress with you all the requirements of any building project concerning Planning Permission, Building Regulations and Public Utility (Electricity/ Gas/ Water) concerns from the planning stages to completion of the works.