Category: Project Management

How much does a house extension cost in London?

How much does a how extension cost in London?

In the initial planning of your house extension, ensuring that you have the right budget for your project will be paramount to its success. However, during my initial discussions, I often find that potential clients tend to have a much lower budget in mind until I burst the burble with a more realistic estimate. And this is not to suggest that their budget is without some research, but whilst there is a plethora of information that can be found online, it’s important to find figures relevant to the location of your project and the period in which it will be carried out. So for those wondering how much does a house extension cost in London, here are my figures that will be relevant to common house extension projects in autumn 2017.

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Build along a shared boundary with these key tips in mind

build along a shared boundary

So a disclaimer here right off the bat, we’re a London centric practice, so as followers of the blog may have noticed, I frequently cover issues that relate to residential design specific to the London context. Of course this is probably no surprise as London is where we’re based. And being a small practice, a lot of our projects involve alterations and extensions to properties that are often within close proximity to other neighbouring buildings. So we’re adept at designing around issues that this brings up such as overlooking. So if you’re planning to build along a shared boundary for your single storey or double storey extension, here are the key things to bear in mind for your project.

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Rules on extensions to houses: How far can you extend your home?

Rules on extensions to houses: How far can you extend your home?

What are the rules on extensions to houses and are there limits to how far you can extend your home? Yes, there certainly are, but it really depends on the application that your proposal is submitted under. So I thought I would briefly explain the limits under each application relevant to existing homes and the value in having a clear planning strategy that is right for your project.

We recently received planning permission for a side return extension and a loft conversion in Greenwich. Nothing really extraordinary about this as we regularly gain planning permission for this type of project across London.

What was different however, was our planning strategy. Read more

How long does it take to build a house extension from start to finish?

How long does it take to build a house extension from start to finish?

How long does it take to build a house extension is the question that every homeowner asks during my initial meeting with them. I can even predict at one point during the meeting that it will be asked. Although no two projects are alike, there are some key stages that can be closely estimated. So here is my breakdown of how long it takes to build a house extension from start to finish.

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Architects’ fees

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Your home is in need of major improvement and additional space. You have been scowling the web collecting images that you could see working for your home. You know you will need to work with an architect to develop the ideas and submit the necessary statutory approvals required along the way. But you have no idea how much the architect’s fees are likely to take in your overall budget for your project. Well, as much as I would like to say that this post will have all the answers that you will need, that would be an unrealistic challenge without understanding your individual project. But, what I will say is that it will offer some explanation about how architects generally calculate their fees and what I have found has worked for my practice in terms of creating transparency for clients.

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