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Frequently asked questions:
How much will it cost for an extension?
It will cost between £30,000 – £80,000 dependent on the size of the building.
What is the process to get an extension built?
- Step 1 – Contact your local Council and ask for Planning Department. Ask for the Planning Officer’s name for your area.
- Step 2 – Contact your local Planning Officer and ask their opinion if planning permission for a property is a possibility.
- Step 3 – Ask for a site visit. This has to be at a time to suit them, not you! They do not have to do this but it is important to get them on our side.
- Step 4 – If everything is OK to proceed, have the plans drawn up (we can provide this service or you could approach an architect).
Make sure these plans cover planning and building regulations. Even if planning is not required building regulations will be. This will usually cost between £500.00 and £1000.00.
- Step 5 – Check the cost of planning and building regulations fees as they do vary depending on the size of construction. Planning approval can take up to 8 weeks and building regulations up to 4 weeks. It is advisable to do planning first.
- Step 6 – When plans are approved, you will require a quotation from an FMB builder.
- Step 7 – Work starts, allow 2 to 3 months for completion.
How will this affect the existing house if we are living in it as the extension is being built?
The extension will be built, fully plastered, all doors, skirtings, architraves are fitted before we knock through to the existing house.
This is to minimise disruption. The extension is then made ready for decorating and carpeting.
The most common building alteration requests include:
- Knocking out walls
- Sub-division of rooms
- Moving of stairs
- New window and door openings
- Replacement windows and doors
- Garden walls and paving
We cater for all types of Roofing
We do all types of roofing. All the work is done by our own tradesmen, from full re-roofs to small repairs.
Roofing using the highest quality materials
We use all the latest, up to date building regulation approved materials. This process is overseen by me for quality of workmanship and materials. Roofing is one area where many sins can be hidden but not from me!!
Always in great demand! From skimming of walls and ceilings to minor repairs, our plasterer Alan is quick, clean and has the highest of standards.
- 1. Firstly – is there sufficient room?
You will need 2.7 m or 9 feet from existing ceiling to highest point in loft.
- 2. Will I need planning permission?
Just ring your local council and ask for the planning department, explain what you want. There will be a need for some measurements to be able to answer this (and can include the available loft space, measurements of house and position of garage).
- 3. Where can I put the stairs?
This usually comes out of an existing bedroom – you need to find an area. 1m x 3m to fit the stairs in
- 4. All doors and frames that open into the stairs, that give access to an outside door need to be replaced with half hour fire doors and frames. All existing doors and frames do not comply.
- 5. This is a good and cost effective time to have your house re-roofed, saving about £1,500 on the usual cost of re-roofing.
- 6. Can I have a dormer?
This will require planning permission too.
- 7. What will a loft conversion cost?
The average cost is £25,000 to £35,000 and will usually give you one additional bedroom with en-suite.
- 8. Why is it so expensive?
Building regulations specify high levels of insulation, a new suspended floor is required, all new doors and frames often to virtually the entire house ( except bathrooms). The job is very labour intensive.
- 9. How will it affect the existing house?
Scaffolding is built so that all the materials, tools and workman’s access shall be taken through the roof, so there is no effect to the inside of the house until the stairs are fitted. At this stage the loft is ready for decoration.