Frequently Asked Questions Page
Here are some questions that our clients frequently ask us, and our answers.
How can I extend my home cheaply?
A lot of people are looking to extend their homes these days, but many can't afford to do so. Construction costs have risen and it is difficult for some families to find a way to get the money they need. With all of this in mind, we want you to know that there are ways you can extend your home cheaply as well! Here are some ways that will allow you do just that. Call us to discuss your options.
1) Add on an extension at the back
2) Create a second story with dormers
3) Garage conversion, as the structure is already present
4) Include more windows or skylights throughout your home
5) Kitchen extension - Extend your kitchen
6) Add porches or decks over your existing porch area
7) Have an orangery extension built
How much does an average extension on a house cost?
The cost of an average extension on a house can vary greatly depending on the size and scope of the extension project. However, it is possible to have a ballpark estimate for how much you can expect to spend by giving us a call. We offer a free consultation. Here we can asses your ideas and needs, and give you an idea of the cost that you may be looking at to complete the work.
Is it cheaper to extend up or out?
It's one of those questions that seems to come up a lot these days. With the current state of the economy, many people are looking for ways to save money. When it comes time to decide whether or not you want to extend your home upwards or outwards, which is cheaper? The answer will depend on what type of area you live in and what kind of property you have. The question of whether it's cheaper to build up or out is a complicated one. It depends on the circumstances and how you want to design your building. You will have to take into account the surrounding space, blocking your neighbours natural light, so many variables to consider beforehand. The decision can have a big impact on what the property looks like, how much space you need, and more importantly- cost! An architect will explore both options so that you know which will be right for your situation and budget.
Do I need an architect for an extension?
The answer to this question is not straightforward, as it depends on the type of extension that you want to build. Some may require an architect for consent and planning permission, while others might not need any professional input at all. If you have a clear idea in your head about what you want to create with your extension then it could be worth getting some advice from our local architect first before proceeding further down the road. We have a panel of architects that we have worked closely with on many building projects and can fully recommend them.
How much does an architect cost for an extension?
Many homeowners are looking to add an extension onto their homes for various reasons. Whether it is a desire for more living space, or just the need for more storage, having your home extended can be a great investment. If you are considering adding an extension to your property and want to know how much architects cost for extensions. This can all depend on the size and complexity of your extension project, and the services you require. The cost of hiring an architect will depend on various services that they provide. If you are only having plans drawn up, this may be less than £1,000 depending on the size of your extension - but if they take more responsibility for building and project management or other professional services during construction then costs can increase accordingly.
How much does it cost to build a small extension?
If you're looking to build a small extension to your home, it's important that you know how much it will cost. The answer is not as straightforward as you might think! There are a variety of factors that can affect the price and there are many things to consider before deciding if a small extension is right for you. The final price of the extension will depend on how much you want to spend, what design you opt for and if it's necessary to apply for planning permission. The average cost per square meter can be anything from £2,300 per square metre all the way up t0 £5,000 pus per square meter, it all depends on what kind of finish you require, what you will be using the extension for. If your project needs a new roof or other major building work then this can double the original cost. Extensions that require a building planning application are usually more expensive because there may be additional costs involved. At the moment with escalating cost of building materials brought on by the pandemic have certainly played a part in these rising house extension prices. Where it will end, no one knows!
Can you self build an extension?
The process of self-build can be a rewarding experience for those who are determined to get what they want in their home. The chance that you will save money on the cost of your house and have more room, as well as increased control over its design is an appealing idea. You must also consider how much time this would take though, because it is not nearly instantaneous like buying one already built - there's shopping around for materials or hiring professional builders to help with construction if needed, plus all the waiting before you move into your new place. It may sound daunting now but do some research first then see where it goes and suits your mindset. It can be done, but it's not for everyone.
What are the stages of building an extension?
Many people who are looking to build an extension on their house often wonder what the process is. There are many different stages of building a house extension, and this post will outline them all. To start off with, you'll need to look for a qualified builder or contractor that can help you with your project. This person will be able to give you estimates on how much it would cost and how long it might take for the project to finish. Once they have given these details, you'll need to decide if that's something that is in your budget.
Can you extend an extension?
Extensions are often done for many reasons. Sometimes homes need to expand, while other times the homeowner has more ideas they would like to achieve that simply can't be realised within their old home's framework. Typically when an extension is built it will extend from a room in the back or side of your house and this gives you plenty of options as there really isn't any set limit on how large you want your new extensions - some people may opt for making them larger by extending further than before, but others might prefer demolishing what was already here and rebuilding something entirely different- shape/size wise.
Can a neighbour build an extension up to my boundary?
Building even just 50mm (about two inches) away from other people's boundaries means that they won't have any right on what happens to this space - it could include anything like putting down outdoor furniture or an extension. This way there are no arguments about who owns which bit of land because both parties know their own limits well enough. If you're considering constructing a new extension and want the maximum amount of space, then it's best to work with your neighbour. A party wall agreement will give you both enough room for what each needs without invading into one another's personal property (such as gardens or fences)
What is the maximum you can extend without planning permission?
Briefly, If you're building a single storey extension, then it can be extended up to 6 meters away from the property line – but if your house is already detached then this distance extends to 8 metres. The strict rules for a development change if what you want to build is going to be two storeys high. Then the proposed structure will only be allowed extend to more than three metres from the house, and it cannot come within seven meters of the property boundary line. In addition to this rule, you have to ensure that the pitch of your new extension’s roof will match with rest of your home's slope.
Do you have to notify neighbours permission for extension?
There are many reasons for you to keep in touch with your neighbours and keep them informed If you're thinking of making a householder extension application, it's always good practice to notify them and make sure they approve or disapprove before going ahead. This will also help prevent any future disputes arising about the work at a later date. If you are applying for planning permission then this must be indicated on the relevant form
Can a neighbour stop my extension?
It's unlikely that your neighbours will be able to stop you from building a house extension, even if they object. If there are any objections raised by them about the plans for the extensions (for example it could block their sunlight), then you can appeal and state your reasons for doing so or amend those parts of the plan in question before submitting again which should avoid this problem as well.
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