Oct 25, 2016

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Extending Your Home With a House Extension

In my time in the building trade I must have completed over 200 house extensions. Side returns, kitchen extensions, single story, double storey, there are plenty of options when considering an extension to your current home and one needs to consider what the additional space needs to be used for, if you need a larger kitchen or dining area then a kitchen extension is the obvious and would usually result in a single storey extension to the rear for instance.

17 Extensions Finished With DNA Home Improvements

I enlisted the help of a building firm I have worked with many times in the past to help with this Article. DNA Home Improvements is a firm in the North East. I worked personally on 17 house extensions in South Shields with Michael Ahmed. The company is registered with Check a Trade with verifiable references online and you can also find them on Checked and Vetted, an online resource similar to Check a Trade with a significant following and reputation in the North.

A Little Advice on Your House Extensions Project

Be aware of the Building Regulations for Extensions

Even if you don’t require planning permission for your extension, given that you are using permitted development rights, you will need to get building regulation approval.

The Building Regulations put down minimum requirements for architectural integrity, fire safety, energy efficiency, damp proofing, ventilation together with other key elements that ensure a building is safe to use.

Most repair work is omitted from the Building Regulations, with the exceptions of replacement windows, under­­pinning and electrical rewiring. On the other hand, aside from certain new buildings including garden sheds, outbuildings and some conser­vatories, all new building work, including altera­tions, will have to conform to the Building Regulations.

Normal Illustrations of Work Needing Approval:

  • Home extensions such as for a kitchen, bedroom, lounge, etc.
  • Loft conversions. Internal structural modifications, such as the removing of a load-bearing wall.
  • Installation of baths, showers, WCs which entail new waterflow and drainage or waste plumbing.
  • Installation of new heating systems appliances.
  • New chimneys or flues.
  • Altered openings for new home’s windows.

There is a Contrast Between an Estimate and a Quotation

An estimate is generally a contractor’s guess as to what your extension will cost you. Whether supplied verbally, or in writing, isn’t legally binding and the closing bill might exceed it.

A quotation is a clear price. When deciding which builder to choose, always get written quotes from a minimum of two firms, if possible ones which have been highly recommended to you.

The written quotes should itemise the work to be undertaken, provide a breakdown of costs and a total, and state whether VAT is incorporated. When you receive the bids, check whether there are any caveats which may include more charge. Also, compare provisional sums for work like foundations to ensure that you are assessing like with like.


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