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If you've outgrown your home or lack the space to accommodate guests, consider a house extension rather than moving. Find out how you could rejuvenate your home with the help of a local specialist.

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Carpenter by preference but do most general building work with over 30 years experience from fitting a door to complete new build. I always leave the site clean and tidy. I take every job seriously as I know how important even the smallest job can be.

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Reviewed by Brian on 18/7/2018

Excellent tradesman highly recommended

We are a reliable company with competent team of workers. Our priority is quality of service provided. We look after our customers!

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Reviewed by David on 18/7/2018

Brilliant job done by both Lucas and Jarek. We are really pleased by their speed, tidiness, end result and the general conscientious, high quality approach that they take to their work. Would recommend and use again!

Over 20 years experience delivering a expert joinery service to a very high standard. Specialising in kitchen fitting and other services include. Upvc doors and windows, decking, joinery. Extensions, house renovations etc

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Reviewed by Elizabeth on 18/7/2018

I gathered a few quotes to lay my laminate flooring and peters came up the most reasonable and was able to squeeze my job in within the week. The chap that came round to fit my floor and skirtings has done great job, especially considering there are so many awkward angles in the room. Very professional and neat and tidy. Will definitely be contacting Peter for my next jobs. Thank you

We are private own company that have combined over 40 years experience in the building trade .We have joiners who been working on various projects from 1k - 1.5m budget . Plasters who can do internal and external wall covering of all kinds including wet or dry dashing , K-rend or just normal rendering . We have a brick layer who will build your extension or garden wall . We also have block paving expert who can fix or relay a new driveway or a patio for you . We are specialising in the flat conversion from start to finish . Taking full project management of your shoulders . We have build up good relationship with our suppliers and we can get a great deals on kitchens and all needed materials witch helps us to keep the cost down . We can deal with Building inspectors for you and making sure your building pass the sound test and comply with all the regulations . If you are looking for stress free project we are a dream team for you so feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you with advice and completion of your project . We are happy to show you around our previous conversions to see the end results . No project is too small or too big for us so if you need your lock changing , wall plastering or you looking to build home of your dreams dont look any further .

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Reviewed by Sheila on 18/7/2018

would highly recommend JLD Construction, they did a fantastic job of renewing my old decking. Reasonable and affordable pricing, polite and hardworking, you don't get that every day!!

We are a team of Multi Skilled Builders based in the Exeter area.The team is made up of Carpenters,Tilers, Builders,and Fitters all with vast experience in their particular trade.When we say No Job Too Small we mean it.

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Reviewed by Carol on 18/7/2018

Justin did exactly what I had wished very pleased without one would definitely have him back again

quality tradesmen at competitive prices and all work fully insured,

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Reviewed by Gillian on 18/7/2018

Scott supplied and fitted a window for us. He was courteous, extremely helpful and entirely reliable. We will definitely use him again.

I have been running my own business for 26 yrs, have experience in all types of general building,attended collage as a bricklayer, and hold a city and guilds certificate, i have worked on both large and small construction sites over the years

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Reviewed by jeanette on 18/7/2018

job done well thank you

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Reviewed by Linda on 17/7/2018

Simon and the team made a great job of the front and side of the house. It had been badly laid previously and it now looks so lovely we have already had compliments from our neighbours. Although there were times when they hoped to turn up but weren't able to, we felt this was made up for with politeness, tidiness and when Simon went out of his way literally to make sure we had matching slabs travelling to Ipswich to collect them! We finally trust a tradesman and have more work planned for East Force!

I'm Chris Wyatt the director of C. Silver Builders, we carry out all types of Building works & Maintenance. We cover all trades and aspects for the all in one building approach. All our team are courteous reliable, take a lot of pride in the work to maintain high standards. We have the following accreditations to, Federation of master builders, Trust Mark, Association of master tradesmen & Checkatrade. We have all the correct insurances in place and can provide when asked, also have a waste carriers license to dispose of rubbish correctly & safely. Myself and my team have had many years experience and a wide range of training through ours years, we have many contacts in all various trades so no job to small or big with nothing we cant hanldle. find us on facebook Chris silver

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Reviewed by Gavin on 17/7/2018

I was quoted a price for the garden from pictures I sent. When he turned up the price doubled. I agreed as I had a tenant moving in. He came in my absence and did not do a great job. on inspection. He clearly left things he thought he could get away with not doing. Parts were good but it was not a finished job. Had to get him back for a second day to finish what he should have done. Still not 100% happy with the job but paid him to save any headache.

We are a small joinery and property maintenance company, we always try to have fair prices and always make sure all our work is carried out in a tidy clean manor and is up to the customers expectations

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Reviewed by Louisa on 17/7/2018

Absolutely first class. Reliable, professional and left the area clear and tidy. I would definitely use him again. And would recommend him without hesitation.

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House extension specialists - what you need to know

House and kitchen extensions can transform your property, and add significant value in the process. While they are demanding projects, with the right set of skills and expert knowledge, a specialist can make sure your extension runs smoothly and stays within budget.

But experience and attention to detail are crucial. Just think for a moment about the individual stages and trades involved in a house or kitchen extension. Planning and design, groundwork, brickwork, carpentry and joinery, electrical work, plumbing, plastering, decorating, potentially even roofing and glazing too.

Taking on a house or kitchen extension needs a specialist with a solid track record of transforming their customers’ homes to a high standard, as well as someone who can advise you along the way. An extension can be as much an emotional investment as a financial one, so you need a builder you have confidence in.

Look for a tradesperson or builder who is able to confidently and clearly communicate how they’d approach your project, rather than someone who’ll just “turn their hand” to the varied and unique trades involved.

A reliable and reputable extension specialist will give you a thorough plan for the project: how they’d assist you with the design and layout, the key phases and trades involved, a realistic completion date, and an accurate quote (which they’ll stick to).

Overall, it’s important to consider the scale of the project. Remember, you’re looking for a project partner rather than just a tradesperson.

Cost of house and kitchen extension work

Cost per m2

  • Low: £1,200 per m2
  • Average: £1,500 per m2
  • High: £1,750+ per m2

How long does a kitchen extension take?

Ultimately, this depends on the scale of the project in question and the specification or finish you expect your extension to meet.

A basic single-storey kitchen extension could be turned around in 10 weeks, whereas a more-involved project could take 14 weeks or longer.

How long does a house extension take?

House extensions are usually larger projects – indeed, they could even feature a kitchen as part of the extension.

A two-storey extension consisting of a kitchen or WC on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor is likely to take at least 12 weeks to complete, while a larger-scale project with more rooms, floors or intricate features could take 18 weeks or more.

The qualifications your extension specialist needs

Given the breadth of trades that may be required to complete an extension, there can be a number of qualifications and accreditations involved.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is an established and reputable association, but not every builder will be a member. Some trades will be able to produce their City & Guilds or NVQ qualifications, but as these aren’t formally required, plenty of perfectly competent professionals might not necessarily hold these.

However, there are some qualifications that are mandatory for certain types of work. Gas and heating engineers must be Gas Safe registered, while electricians should be signed up to NICEIC in order to commission your electrical work. You may also want to check that your builder adheres to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) best practices when it comes to risk assessment and safe working.

Planning permission for extension projects

Planning permission requirements will vary according to the location of your property and the surrounding buildings. There’s always the potential for grumpy neighbours to throw a metaphorical spanner in the works too.

Official guidelines are fairly easy to understand, but can include puzzling intricacies. No additional planning permission is required as long as the extension doesn’t exceed more than half the area of land around the "original house". You also won’t need to seek additional permission if your extension is no higher than your existing roof.

However, there are some restrictions it’s worth being aware of. You can find the full list on the planning portal website. Single-storey rear extensions, two-storey extensions and those conducted on properties facing a public highway will need to adhere to certain limitations.

Insurance for extension projects

Public liability insurance is critical, covering you for damage to your property caused by a builder. However, you’ll want to confer with your home or buildings insurance provider and let them know about the work to ensure you’re covered, too.

Home renovation and extension insurance is available from some providers, which may be worth investigating if your existing insurer can’t cover your work. Some builders may provide a warranty on their work too.

Questions you should ask your extension specialist

  • Will they provide a copy of their public liability insurance?
  • Can they provide a warranty for their work?
  • Do they have examples of their previous renovation projects?
  • Can they give you multiple references of recent extensions they’ve completed?
  • Are they willing to assist with the planning and design phase?

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