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Ever wanted to know how a home extension is built? Below you'll find details of the process.
if you haven't already got plans, working closely with you, we will help you to plan your extension, taking into account any budget you've allocated and the existing structure, style and size of windows and doors, style of roof, what use you wish to put the new extension to, as well as any other factors that are relevant. If your new home extension will require planning permission (which we can advise you on), then it may help your case if plans are drawn up by a qualified architect.
We have devoted a whole section to obtaining planning permission, to find out more, click HERE.
To find out more about building regulations click HERE.
HOUSE EXTENSION IN LONDON
THE STAGES OF BUILDING AN EXTENSION EXPLAINED
Once you have all the permissions and plans, we will quote you for the work on your new home extension.
Once the costs, work schedule, and staged payments are agreed between us we commence the building works.
Working to the plans that have received building regulation approval, we first mark out where we need to dig down to create a channel into which concrete will be poured to form the solid foundation base for your new home extension.
The soil we dig out is put onto a skip and taken away for land-fill puposes.
Any new drainage or waste pipes required are installed in their own dedicated dug-out channels and then the channels are refilled with soil or concrete depending on the specified requirements.
The "QuickMix" liquid concrete for the foundations arrives.
The foundation channels are filled with concrete which is then left to 'cure' naturally.
This 'curing' process doesn't take long with modern materials and there is much other work that needs to be done in the meantime while the foundation cures.
If a through extension is required, supports ('acros') are put in place to bear the additional weight before an aperture is knocked through the existing walls.
Steel beams and steel supports with the load bearing characteristics specified in the building regulations are then put in place so that the acros can be taken away.
Once the concrete foundations have hardened to a prescribed level, the construction of the new walls of your home extension can begin.
We only employ the best, time-served bricklayers, most of whom have been with us for many years.
Once all the walls have been built to the required height, the roof is constructed on top of the new extension walls in accordance with the load bearing requirements specified in the plans and building regulations.
Window and door openings are prepared in readiness to accept the new window frames and door(s) which then arrive and are installed.
Any existing drainage is boxed so that it will be hidden and not appear unsightly when the extension is finished.
The windows and doors are installed.
Electrical cables are run to provide power to any lights and sockets specified.
Plumbing is installed for any radiators required.
The floor is then layed, concealing any underfloor plumbing and wiring and the walls and ceiling are faced with plasterboard and then skimmed to provide a smooth finish for any further decoration that may be required.
The water drainage from the new roof is then completed and any finishing touches that may be required such as painting the frameworks, doors, and windows are carried out to complete your home extension.
You can rest assured that there will always be someone to talk to throughout the building process of your new home extension who will answer any questions and make sure that any concerns you have are addressed promptly.
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