House & Building Extensions in Wirral & Surrounding Areas
With the current housing market forcing more people to stick with their current property a number of homeowners are choosing to extend their existing property in order to gain extra space without having to sell up. Building an extension is also a sure way to add value to your home.
As with any major project, there are a lot of factors that need to be carefully considered before any work on an extension can be undertaken. From initial designs to planning applications, supplies to labour costs, each stage of the process has the potential to cause major disruptions to the project if it is not thought through beforehand.
Design & Planning for an Extension
It is important to keep in mind the 'look and feel' of your existing property when designing an extension. Try to match the most prominent features, such as the roof, with those of the existing building and use similar materials where possible to ensure a sense of continuity. Adept always has this in mind and offers a complete in-house design and project management service to assist you right from the start of your project.
Hiring an Architect
Hiring an architect is necessary for advice on what is and is not feasible with the space at your disposal. Adept works in partnership with three local and reputable architects. Qualified architects will be able to provide extension advice, on issues concerning planning permission and any local factors that may influence the modifications that can be made to your property, as well as drawing up detailed specifications and plans.
House Extension Prices: Budgeting for an Extension
The extension budget is one area where most people fall down, often underestimating the time and money that is required to complete the project. Adequately budgeting for an extension is one of the most important things to consider when planning a project to improve your home. Here are a few tips to remember:
- You should be realistic in what you want to achieve.
- Don't over-stretch yourself financially. Only take on a project that you feel you can comfortably manage.
- Try to leave some money aside for emergency funds in case anything goes wrong or any changes need to be made.
- While doing as much of the work yourself as possible could save you on labour costs, it will take much longer and the quality of the extension could suffer.
- Remember if you are planning on selling your house that each month the project takes means an extra mortgage repayment that needs to be budgeted also.
- Try to account in your budget for planning permission and Building Regulations application fees.
- Set some money aside for the costs of decorating the new extension and any new furniture that you may need.
Adept offers a fully comprehensive quotation system using a sophisticated software package that can price a project from scaled plans giving a price that is right first time. The quotation is given in two stages & can be itemised to include all materials & fittings. This not only alleviates any costly variations arising throughout a project it also avoids ambiguity on both sides & shows exactly what to expect for the price, giving peace of mind that project costs will not exceed budget expectations.
Adept has quality in-house trades to offer services such as electrical work, plastering, plumbing & heating, renewable energy technologies etc so everything is completed by one company under one roof meaning you only have to deal with one project manager and not multiple trade sub-contractors. This makes for a smooth running, stress free build. Both our directors are hands on project managers for the company therefore each job is delivered to the highest quality and specification.
Building Regulations & Extensions
In most cases, it will be necessary when extending a building to ensure that everything done complies with the Government's Building Regulations.
A reputable builder will be able to help you in ensuring that your extension meets all the Building Regulations that may apply to the work, and in making sure that any inspections required are completed and work meets the and construction and performance standards set by the regulations.
Adept works in partnership with Campagna Ltd Approved Inspector, Building Control, Health and Safety, CDM Co- Ordinator, Energy Assessors, SAP Calculations, Access Audits, Code for Sustainable Homes. We have a long standing relationship with this company with all our previous building inspections being passed first time.
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Planning Permission for Extensions
For most people extending a property, a successful application for planning permission will be necessary before any work can be undertaken. You will definitely need planning permission if:
At Adept we work closely with our architects to ensure that the correct plans are submitted and we can guide and assist you right through to approval. For more advice on planning visit the government's planning portal - http://www.planningportal.gov.uk