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

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

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.

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