Planning An Extension
For most clients there is a specific reason behind planning an extension. This could be to get an extra bedroom or two, perhaps to create more living space, a bigger kitchen, or maybe to change the look of the house. Let’s sit down together over a coffee and talk through your goals. It’s great to have a clear brief from the word go. Often just chatting it through can help to show all the options.
House Extensions From Design Ideas To Completion
We can take your extension project from the first design ideas right through to completion of the extension on site.
1 Extension Design Brief
We will discuss the ideas for the extension together. The brief sets out the aims for the project. This could be something simple like a bigger brighter living space. Or it could be very specific like a two-storey rear extension with lots of glass, a new kitchen, and an extra bedroom on with an ensuite bath, for 100k and done by Christmas. We can all dream!
2 Extension Concept Design
The concept design stage is all about extension design ideas. This is where the magic happens. We will make a 3D computer model of the house and show you the options for the extension design. We can look at the pros and cons together to help decide on the design of extension to go for and what will best fit the house and brief.
3 Extension Planning Design
This is where our planning skills kick in. We take the extension design to the next level, and with years of experience we know how to get approval. The key is knowing how planning policy should inform the design. We will handle the planning forms and statements and submit the whole application for you. We will also deal with any questions from the Council.
4 Extension Technical Design
The Technical Design shows how to build the extension. From the walls, floor and roof, to windows, doors, insulation and structure. We can take care of arranging an engineer to design any steels, and submit for Building Regs. We will discuss the choices for interior design, finishes, bathrooms, kitchens and write a detailed spec to go with the drawings. There’s a lot to do at this stage!
5 Extension Construction
It’s usual to go to tender to 3 or 4 contractors to get the best price for the extension – we will help to make sure they are good ones! Once the build starts we will come to site regularly to check progress and that everything is just right. We have high standards! We will give the contractor any instructions needed and certify when payments are due to them.
6 Extension Completion
It’s done, you’re in! Hopefully you are enjoying all the new space. We are still checking that everything is perfect. It’s usual to hold back the last few % of payment to the builder for the first year. We will come back to make sure that no problems have come up and you are happy, and then issue our final certificate. And that’s it!