Aside from cost, one of the first thoughts many people have when building a home extension is about how it will disrupt their everyday lives. This is a short guide to help you answer the questions: ‘How long does it take to build an extension?’ and ‘Do you need to move out when building an extension?’

 

Extensions pictured below from architects on Design for Me. Click on the images to see their full profile and invite them for a consultation about your project!

interesting extension

 

How long does it take to build an extension?

For a relatively simple, three metre, single rear extension, construction time should be around three to four months. For a larger or double height rear extension it may be more like six months. This does not take into account the design and planning phases of the project, which will vary depending on whether you need to apply for planning and other permissions. A sensible timeframe for most house extensions (where planning permission is needed and perhaps a party wall agreement), from appointing your architect to completion, would be around a year.

 

Extensions pictured are from architects on Design for Me. Click on the images to see their full profile and invite them for a consultation about your project!

interesting extension

How long does a loft conversion take?

This can be a much quicker project than a rear extension – a simple rear dormer loft conversion usually around six weeks.

 

Do we need to move out when building an extension?

Usually it’s possible to remain living in your house, especially if your renovation/extension work is confined to one area. Before starting work, you should formulate a plan with your builder around how they will keep the elements out and the rest of your house free from dust. It may also take some planning to make sure you have access to all the amenities you need. If you are ripping out your existing kitchen for example, you could ask your builder to set up a temporary kitchenette in another room in your house. This may be more economical than the costs associated with renting elsewhere.

If your project involves several elements, e.g a rear extension and internal renovations, it certainly makes sense for the work to be done in phases so you can use one part of your house while the rest is being constructed.

 

Extensions pictured are from architects on Design for Me. Click on the images to see their full profile and invite them for a consultation about your project!

interesting extension project

Do we need to move out when doing a loft conversion?

It’s highly likely that you’ll be able to remain in your house without too much disruption. The scaffolding is erected from above and usually your ceilings will remain intact so all of the work will be done above your heads!

 

How can you stop the building phase dragging on?

We’ve all heard stories of projects dragging on for months on end, with builders who rarely turn up. This is why it’s so important to have a solid and enforceable contract with your builder. Once you have an accurate set of drawings and documents, you’ll be ready to get firm quotes from building companies. As well as providing a cost, make sure the contractors provide you with a timescale for starting and completing the work. The end date or ‘completion date’ will be written into your all-important construction contract. Ask your architect to help you find the most appropriate contract for your project.

 

Extensions pictured are from architects on Design for Me. Click on the images to see their full profile and invite them for a consultation about your project!

crittal windows extension

 

The most effective way of controlling timescales is with the help of your architect or design professional. Here at Design for Me we can match you with the best design pros for your project and arrange initial consultations for free. Use the form below to get started and we’ll be happy to help!

 

Emily  Design for Me

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