A Guide to Designing and Building an Extension


If your growing family needs more living space, you are faced with two options; you can relocate to a larger property, or you could have an extension built, and assuming you would prefer the latter, here is a basic guide to designing and building an extension on your home.

  • Sourcing an Established Builder – Whether you are building an extension in Derby or Nottingham, you will need to source an experienced local builder, and preferably one with a wealth of experience in building extensions. You should spend as much time on the design as is necessary to ensure that you are 100% happy with the layout, and the builder can offer you many options regarding materials.
  • Planning Permission – The local builder can tell you whether or not the extension requires planning permission, and should that be the case, he would have extensive experience in helping his customer with planning permission.
  • Working to your Budget – You do need to decide how much you are willing to invest in this extra living space, and most builders are happy to work to the client’s budget. Obviously, there are choices when it comes to materials, and should your budget ne on the low side, the builder would make you aware of all your options regarding building materials.
  • The Project Deadline – Some builders take on more than they can handle, which invariably means finishing late, and you should come to an agreement with the contractor that ensures the project will be finished within the agreed time limit.

It pays to take your time when looking at local builders, and try to find one that is a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, as this is a good indication of best building practices.


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