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Extensions

Building an extension is a great way to add space and value to your property. It can be built for multiple purposes and is a great way to bring a fresh, vibrant feel to an old or new home.


Having an extension built can be an exciting yet daunting task when trying to plan, so knowing the order is which to do things is essential. Here is a list of things to consider.

Planning permission

First, you'll need to make sure you have planning permission before starting to plan out your project. The last thing you want is to incur fees and charges from architects and possibly builders to find out you aren't able to start building or worse, have to take down what you have built already. 

Architects plans

Once you have planning permission, you'll need an architect to draw up a set of plans as you start to think about the design of your project. It is important when in this stage to see the finished design layout of your bathrooms, kitchen, etc as you will want to give your builder as much information as possible so they can give you an accurate price for the work.

Getting quotes

Having the first two steps in place you'll then need think about getting quotes off reliable builders. It is important to get as much detail as you can to give the builders so they can price as accurately as possible and manage the job well. We find that information introduced along the way can have negative effects on the finished details as jobs will need to be done in order and if done backwards can look odd come the end.


Be sure that all the details you have specified are included and anything that is and isn't supplied is in writing as this can cause complications. You don't want your builder charging to supply you with a bathroom suite when you have already bought one and you wouldn't want to think your builder has priced to supply a bathroom suite or kitchen but says it wasn't included in the price. Make sure you know what is and isn't included before you agree to anything.

Choosing your builder

It can be hard choosing a builder, especially if the prices are about the same. Make sure your builder has as many reviews as possible as it's the best way to tell if they have a good track record. You can see our reviews on MyBuilder.com.

Loft Conversions

Loft Conversions

Are you searching for a professional loft conversion? Are you thinking of a clever means of setting out an extra bedroom, bathroom and even living space? It is important to get a perfect structure and budget before you commence any work on the interior design of your loft conversion.


You also need to consider the configuration of the room and position of the window to ensure energy efficiency. Read our expert tips to ensure that you know everything that involves the planning of your loft conversion!

Ensure that your loft is suitable for conversion

Usually, lofts with 2.3m height are usually easily convertible even though obstacles such as water tanks and the pitch of the roof can also hinder the decision-making process. If the roof space is less than 2.3m, there is still hope for conversion.


The removal of a certain section or all sections of your roof makes it easy to gain the headspace that is required. 


Although, this might add to the cost and it requires planning permission as compared to a simpler conversion. Additionally, it is also possible to lower the room ceilings or opt-in for modular conversion.

Consider the design of your loft conversion

Before starting the project, you should consider the layout of your completed loft conversion. It is important to decide where to place your furniture, the bathroom and any built-in storage. The ceiling height and priority pieces such as hand basin and shower should also be considered if you plan to have an en-suite.


During the early stage, the location of the stairs should be considered. All other possible options that can maximize the spaces offered within your loft conversion can be considered. The decision of either placing a door at the foot or top of a staircase can differentiate a boxy loft conversion from a more open one.

Consider the regulations that your loft conversions must meet

The building regulations that must be met covers matters of safety and it includes the floor strength, thermal efficiency, electricity regulations, and others. The building regulations preparations should be finalized by the loft conversion company or the project designer.

Consider the exterior

If the loft conversion is included in the extended sections, you need to decide if the new exterior will contrast or complement the existing property. Matching brickwork, rendering or contemporary finish can be included.


For modern homes, the frameless and minimalist style windows will be a perfect option. However, if the property is periodic, there can be conservation requirements that require windows to sit flush with the roof thereby reducing your options.

How do I choose a builder or architect?

When hiring any tradesman, you can look for recommendations by speaking to friends and checking reviews online. When speaking with a builder or architect, ask to see samples of previous work done as most reputable companies will be willing to show you some photographs while some will plan a visit to their customers in order to display their experiences and see the type of conversions that they have completed.

New Builds

New Builds

With the number of homes increasing yearly, most individuals hope to build a brand-new home in the future. Here are some of the factors to consider when purchasing a new build property.

Understand what you are buying

Sometimes when you agree to buy a new home, it may not be complete especially if you are buying off-plan that does not exist at all. This will make you rely heavily on developer specifications and plans. The developers may display designs that show what a completed property should look like. However, this can be quite different in terms of size, plot location and even the finishing as compared to the house you eventually move into. It is important to be sure about the specifications that are required. You need to access the property size, location, and dimensions. This will help you to understand what the developer is including. If you have any doubt, you can speak to a lawyer that will assist with clarifications.

Consider the development as a whole

On a new development, the facilities and the overall property mix can be considered and it should be there when it is completed. You need to request for the developer’s timetable for finishing the estate. Sometimes, your property can be ready even before the entire development is completed, especially when there are various project phases.


Your lawyer should be available to check compliance with building regulations as some issues can remain outstanding when you finally complete your purchase. Furthermore, some issues can arise with new developments and they include planning conditions that prevent any property from being occupied until the entire estate road Is completed.


Adequate provision for road drains and shared facilities should be checked by your lawyer and ensure that it will become publicly maintainable. In some scenarios, individual property owners have to contribute to the cost of shared facilities through a particular service charge especially when there are communal facilities. The service charge should be clearly stated by the developer and everything should be covered in the documentation.

Check whether the property is freehold or leasehold

Over the years, a high percentage of new build properties are usually leaseholds because it is an effective means of dealing with responsibility for a shared structure. However, a certain number of new build houses are also leaseholds especially when there are shared facilities.


If your new home is a leasehold, you will be required to pay ground rent as a service charge. You will also require the consent of your landlord or management company before you can sublet the property. This will attract additional costs that can affect the use of your property and you can discuss the potential implications with your lawyer before committing yourself.


Finally, ensure that you do not delay the purchase with your lawyer in order to check that the plot conforms with the Land Registry’s records.