18 Mar Building a House Extension guide
Maximizing Space and Value: The Ultimate Guide to House Extensions with S&M Solutions Ltd
At S & M Solutions Ltd, we recognize that adding a new kitchen or lounge extension to your house is more than just gaining extra room—it’s about significantly boosting your home’s value, potentially by up to 25%. We believe in creating balanced extensions that not only expand your living space but also enhance your home and garden’s overall appeal.
Key Steps for Achieving Your Dream Extension:
Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive about extensions and lofts, we’ve compiled a list of essential steps to simplify your extension project. If you prefer, our pre-construction package can handle everything for a set fee.
Essential Documents for Home Extensions:
- Obtain architectural drawings and secure planning permission as needed.
- Ensure the engineer’s structural calculations and specifications are in place.
- Conduct a pre-construction survey for existing structures and underground services.
- Obtain a party wall agreement with your neighbours, or a party notice, as necessary.
- Prepare a detailed work schedule to stay organized.
- Understand any restrictions and design conditions, particularly in conservation areas.
- Budget appropriately, with current rates ranging from £3500-4500 per square meter.
Choosing the Right Professionals:
Many clients lack the complete set of required documents, and online drawings are often insufficient. We recommend hiring a local architect for precision. Paid quotes tend to be more detailed and reliable than free estimates, which can underestimate the project’s complexity.
Selecting the Right Builder:
Not every builder is suitable for your project. Consider the size and skills of the company, and use a contract endorsed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for fairness. Limit your choices to three builders to better understand cost implications.
Effective Project Management:
Ensure your quote aligns with the architect’s design and structural calculations. Once you’ve selected your builder and started work, avoid changing plans midway to prevent delays and cost increases. A well-managed project will lead to a successful extension, enhancing your living space and introducing more natural light into your home.
Expect the Unexpected:
While a well-planned design usually ensures smooth execution, surprises, especially in older London houses, are not entirely uncommon.
Watch and Learn:
View our video to witness various stages of a build and gain a better understanding of the process.
Consult the Experts:
For a hassle-free and efficient project completion, it’s best to consult professional builders like us at S & M Solutions Ltd. We’re here to help you create the extension you’ve always wanted.