House extensions are more popular than ever, especially in Essex where house prices are high and moving can mean disruptions to schools, commutes, and huge expenses. You don’t need to move to have more space at home, additional bedrooms, or even an open-plan living space – you can add a spacious new house extension and achieve all of that while adding value to your home.
Your House Extension
Imagine your perfect home – would it have an open plan kitchen/diner with bi-fold doors leading out into the garden? Does it have extra bedrooms for friends and family to stay over? Do you have a hobby room or home office to work in peace and quiet away from everything else? You can build all of that with a house extension. What’s more, it can actually work out cheaper than moving house due to solicitor fees, stamp duty, and removal costs – and that’s before you get the money you invested back through higher property value.
Your house extension is designed entirely around you and your needs. You can add an extra room to your home, revamp your living space to fit in with a growing family. and you can even extend more than one storey in your home so you have more space downstairs and a new bathroom or bedroom upstairs as well. There are plenty of different house extension types – the right one for you depends entirely on your requirements, preferences, and your budget.
Kitchen extensions are one of the most popular types of extension in Essex; more and more people want a space where they can spend quality family time and entertain guests, rather than small kitchens associated with older properties and just cooking the odd meal. Today’s kitchen extensions often include breakfast bars, skylights to let in as much natural light as possible, separate seating or dining areas, and even large bi-fold doors to open up an entire wall in summer. These extensions usually involve remodelling the bottom floor of the house if you would like a total revamp, or we an just add some more room onto your existing kitchen without making changes to other rooms.
Multi-story extensions can completely transform your home. Rather than just adding room onto your kitchen or shared living space, you can add just as much space onto your upstairs rooms by making a grand master bedroom, a new guest room, a spacious family bathroom, or just a balcony where you can look out onto your garden in peace. We recommend building the extensions storey by storey rather than all at once so that the entire home is not disrupted with building work, but will always work around your preferences and requirements to make sure that your extension build is as stress-free as possible.
Garage conversions are a great way to make the most of your garage space. Rather than a damp storage room, you can turn the area into a spacious home office or new bedroom. Garages are typically larger than most rooms in the house, so you can even add a utility room or more storage to de-clutter the rest of the house.
Planning Permission for Your Extension
Depending on your home, area, and the type of house extension you’re building, you may not need to apply for planning permission. Some house extensions can be built as ‘permitted developments’, which means that your local authority has allowed certain changes to your home as long as you stay within the permitted development requirements. This does put limitations on the size and scope of your house extension, but can cut the cost and ensure that your extension is built as soon as possible. Let us know what you would like to build, and we can let you know whether or not your plans will require planning permission. Alternatively, if you would definitely like to build as a permitted development, let us know and we will ensure that your design falls within the restrictions placed by your local authority.
House Extension Costs
The rule of thumb is that a house extension will cost around £1,200-£1,500 per m2. The cost itself depends on the type of materials used and what sort of room you’re building – for example, kitchen extensions typically cost more than extensions that will be turned into home offices. Features such as skylights and bi-fold doors also increase the cost of your house extension, while taking on decorating work yourself can reduce the cost a little. Professional fees for architects and building surveyors are typically 10-15% of the overall build cost, and VAT is also on top of those prices.
Multi-storey extensions take the rule per m2 above and add 50% – with a multi-storey extension, there is no need to build a foundation etc. for the upper storey, so it costs less per m2.
However, these prices are just a guideline – it’s important to have an individual assessment and get pricing for your specific house extension to ensure that you have a good idea of your required budget. Get in touch today to arrange a no-obligation quote and to discuss the type of extension you would like to build.