HOMES Extension builds
Adding an extension isn’t cheap or quick, but it’s often better than having to move house when your family has outgrown its current one, writes JULIA GRAY
rights than those not on designated land, or no PD rights at all – ask your local council if in doubt.
If your home doesn’t have PD rights or you want to build an extension that can’t be done under PD, you’ll have to apply for planning permission, which can be a long process. be notified of a planned extension (certain details must be provided) and then adjoining neighbours will be given the chance to object. If they object and the council upholds their objection, you can’t proceed. are built in a more conventional way, with an architect designing it and a builder constructing it out of bricks or blocks.
If the architect also manages the project and contractors (usually charging a percentage of the build cost), you should have less to do and worry about.
You may prefer to manage the build yourself, or get the builder to organise everything.
As well as time to build the shell of the extension, you’ll need to factor in fitting-out time – kitchens and bathrooms often take longer than other rooms and will also, of course, be more expensive.
Like any big home-improvement project, an extension can easily go over budget, so keep a careful eye on the numbers and schedule and always have a contingency fund for unexpected problems.