Mapledean home extensions i

From drawing to finished home extensions

There are many different ways to start the process of extending your home. Most start with a need or an idea which is then balanced against the benefits brought in the longer term against the shorter term mess while it’s being built. All ways start with conversations and unless you’re a repeat extender of homes, it’s worthwhile starting multiple conversations on the potential site at the earliest point. Involving the architect, planner and builder at an early stage is more likely to result in your agreed design being effectively built to your budget.

Home extensions are typically of two types of need:

  • Functional to create additional space
  • Aspirational to improve the look or feel of the property or in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire to simply enhance the ability to take in the view

Range of home extensions covered

It’s true to say that Mapledean has the experience to build any size or shape of home extension. It is equally adept at modern houses as older houses using traditional methods of construction, which may make them listed buildings. It has built:

  • Garden roomStorm porches
  • Sun lounges
  • Garden rooms
  • Enlarged kitchens
  • Increased access to outside space
  • Interconnections to other buildings
  • Single storey
  • Double storey living space and bedrooms/bathrooms
  • Granny annexes
  • Playrooms
  • Home offices.

Managing your project

The best home extensions are where the client has spoken at the earliest opportunity to their potential builders to ensure that there is a personal fit between them. Assuming that fit, Mapledean will work closely with you on the four main stages of home extension project management:

1. Design and planning permission. This is where the initial idea gets converted into an agreed design acceptable to planning constraints. Changes in planning permissions may mean that specific consent may not be necessary depending on the size and location of the extension. Initial discussions with architects and builders enable a specific answer to your scheme.

2. Finalising budgets and contracts. Where detailed agreed plans are available, budgets can be set after a site visit. These should be formally agreed and for most projects a contract signed which protects both you and the builder. For larger jobs a programme of work is always agreed and can be used on the smallest job if necessary. This lays out the flow and sequence of work so it clear what decisions need to be made by when.

3. Building and planning control. All parties should agree their individual nominated person or project manager so that clear agreements can be made to overcome the issues that will arise on a home extension and binding decisions made. Good builders like Mapledean will keep mess to a minimum by being thoughtful, following sensible rules and by agreeing the necessary areas of work. Planning control may need to visit at key points to ensure regulations are met.

4. Snagging and sign-off. Creating a definitive list of the former allows them to be sensibly addressed. Sign-off is the agreed end of the project for all parties.

Next steps for your home extension

Whether your home extension is just an idea or fully developed architectural drawings, why not draw upon Mapledean’s experience by giving Neil or Claire a call on 01594 541148 to discuss how to take it to the next stage.