House extensions add space, light and value to your property, so it’s little wonder they remain so popular. However, even the smallest of extensions represent large-scale construction projects, so it’s vital you prepare correctly. As your building contractor, Dial A Builder helps you with every aspect of preparation, ensuring you encounter no unexpected surprises for the duration of your project. Our team has completed extensions of every kind in and around Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, including single-storey, multi-storey, side-return and rear of property.
House extensions usually represent long-held dreams. As such, it’s likely that you know the features, fixtures and fittings you want to include. In order to turn your concept into a comfortable, functional new space, you need to work with us to lay the groundwork first.
In this blog, we have listed some of the considerations you must take on board during the preliminary stages of your project.
If you live in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield or the neighbouring areas and would like to schedule an initial consultation with us, please call 07888 555333.
What is the extension budget?
We recognise the instinct to be cagey about spending on such large construction projects. However, giving your building contractor a set budget allows for a much better assessment of what is and isn’t possible with the money available.
Naturally, like any reputable building contractor, we want to deliver stunning house extensions; but at a price you can afford.
Do you need planning permission?
Some single-storey house extensions, and even certain double-storey designs, fall under permitted development rights. In these cases, you won’t need to submit a formal planning application to the local authority in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield or any other location.
Permitted development rights set limitations on size, height, materials and orientation. If your proposed additions exceed these criteria, you will need planning approval before our building contractors can start work.
Do you have easy access?
Are you planning an extension at the side or rear of a semi-detached or terraced home? If yes, you may need to carefully consider how our building contractors will get plant and materials on site.
For problematic access in Solihull or Sutton Coldfield, this usually results in hand-balling products through the house, as well as the manual digging of foundations. Of course, this all adds cost and time to house extensions.
Where are your drains?
If part of your drainage system lies beneath or near the location you plan to build over, you may need to move it. In the event of this being a public sewer, this will require the agreement of the water company before any alterations take place.
Are you aware of party walls and boundaries?
From Solihull to Sutton Coldfield, most house extensions we carry out in the West Midlands involve at least one party wall or boundary. If your project falls into this category, it will need to comply with the Party Wall Act. This involves securing a suitable agreement with any affected neighbours.