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.
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.
A glass box extension is the ideal design solution for creating a space that connects with the exterior whilst providing the thermal comfort of an interior. A client approached us to design a glass box extension for a side return that is surrounded on three sides by brick walls. A small kitchen diner currently opens into the area through French doors and the side return serves merely as thoroughfare to the garden. The size of the space and the nature of its surroundings was suited to a glass box extension, but the budgetary constraints meant that other options needed to be explored. Here are some of the points that have come up during our design explorations with the client. Read more
In London, the dominance of brick in house designs often means that other materials get overlooked. Unless it’s glass which is readily understood as modern and a clear break away from brick. In our studio, we have various samples of bricks of different textures and colours so it’s a material that we’re keen to explore in our projects. Brickwork can add visual interest to a facade through the variations that can be achieved from different bond patterns, textures and arrangements. But what other materials are there for house designs that have the low maintenance of brick whilst providing the clear distinction between new additions and original buildings that better suits some projects?