extension is the perfect way to add space to a home without the
huge upheaval and expense of moving house. In most cases when done
with careful budgetary planning it will add real value to a
property. Before embarking upon any build, several factors must be
will the house extension cost?
doesn't need to be worked out to the last penny but a good
approximation must be arrived at before you start building. This is
important because your street will have a price ceiling. If your
home is already touching that, then no matter how much you spend by
doing the extension, you'll be very unlikely to get back that money
back when you come to sell. There are many available online
resources for this type of information.
Will I need planning permission?
planning laws change regularly with central government and local
councils tweaking existing requirements with alarming frequency.
Your first port of call should be your planning department's
website where all kinds of pre-application information and advice
can be found.
do the trade work?
depends entirely upon your own DIY skills and whether you're
confident enough to cover all of the trades such as plumbing,
joinery and roofing when you build your own extension. However it
is always advisable to use a professional for skilled
How do I
find a professional?
engage a building tradesperson unless you have seen their work and
they have been recommended by a trusted friend or colleague. If
possible get at least three quotes based on a detailed itinerary of
works to be done. Ensure that there are no hidden extras and agree
a payment schedule as the extension progresses. A fixed price
contract for agreed works will ensure that you have complete
control over costs.
the best way to source materials?
have extensive experience of what materials will be most suitable
for your job. Drop into your local branch to find out more - with
over 600 sites up and down the country, we can provide a wealth of
knowledge whenever it is required. In addition our self build team
has worked with thousands of people over the years to help them
create their dream home.
If you need
help whether you are building an entire new house, or doing a
smaller job such as an extension or loft conversion, you can apply
for a Jewson Self Build credit account which offers up to £20,000
credit whilst giving you the service and advice you'll need to
complete your project.