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22/02/2013 at 18:34
We are hoping to get ours underway soon, I'm very excited but I know we will be living on a building site for ages
the plan is
convert garage to play room, extend back so that from garage there will be utility room then a HUGE kitchen diner. I have a living room/dining room at the moment so that will be bricked up giving us a small family room and a huge kitchen diner. in addition we are redoing the back garden and driveway.
sooo I have a few qquestion show long do plans last (if we submit plans for the extension my h was saying if we put in the plans for a full side extension but just do the bottom we can go back in a few years and if we feel the need can then do the top extension) is this right?
can anyone give us any tips? Our best mate is a bricky and is going to do all the brickwork for just the cost of the bricks (no labour charge) which is fantastic, and iv got a roofer lined up but will obviously get a few quotes for everything.
it really is going to be a HUGE ballache isn't it, I'm dreading the upheaval but need to focus on the end product, but its ages off
22/02/2013 at 19:00
My friend is having a massive extention turning her bungalow into a massive house, they've had to move out. The one thing she's repeatedly said since the start is that you can never have a big enough contingency budget!
22/02/2013 at 19:25
my mum and ada had a down stairs kitchen/dinner/play room extension when we were younger (you might know the road they live on in S/B). I remember the dust, my sister having a vomitting bug and us living off chippy teas! Have you thought about having a downstairs loo put in the same time or in your utility room, or do you already have one? My mum says that was one of the best things they did.
22/02/2013 at 19:31
I had an extension which doubled the size of the house. The tip I was given was do both bottom and top at the same time as it works out cheaper in the long run and less hassle as we were originally going to do what you did but then after working out the figures decided to go top and bottom together. Also add 50% time to schedule so if you are told it will take 8 weeks it will take 12.
22/02/2013 at 19:32
Pb- we have a good bit put by but we have said that we are giving ourselves 2 years to hopefully have it done. So long as the brickwork is done and its watertight then we are doing room by room. This will kill me but we will get as much done as we can then save again iyswim
Carole - not sure where your parents are but it sounds a similar extension to ours. H has told FIL that we might need to move in for a week or so (when electrics and kitchen being done - this will also kill me ), I now want to know where your parents live , if you are coming up in the future we will need to have a tside meet.
22/02/2013 at 19:35
QI - thanks. I dread to think of the timescale
Carole I was thinking of a downstairs loo too, my h said we won't need one but in a house with 3 boys I'd like a nice clean place for me
22/02/2013 at 19:47
Sounds exciting! I would recommend a downstairs loo CP, I've got 3 girls (one still in nappies) we really treasure having a loo downstairs, wouldn't be without it now!
We had an extension over our garage a couple of years ago to make our fourth bedroom. We are currently planning a loft conversion to make a playroom & study.
Will reply in more detail later when on laptop but go for it, we did a two storey self build, took about two years in total and was the best thing we've done. Definitely go for the downstairs toilet though!
22/02/2013 at 21:29
Planning usually last for 3 years, submit everything at once, and as long as you've started you've got it, if it runs out you can reapply and will usually get it straight away as it's already been approved once. Also you will need to inform building control, as building regs are a lot stricter than planning, you will probably also need structural calculations as well as materials for insulation, they need to be certain thickness etc ( a lot more complex than just planning), inspections need to be done a specific points in the build, otherwise they can make you take things down so they can check foundations etc.
As for the workers, go for recommendations, ask around, we had a guy to do our loft conversion and he got in all the trades as and when they were needed. he was fab, we told him how much money we had, and did some deals with him.
22/02/2013 at 21:39
Thanks cleo for the planning info, it already sounds like a headache, I'd love h to just sort it all but he is very laid back about it all so il need to do it (yuck!), hs best friend will know all about having to get inspections as he is a bricklayer but obviously il keep on top of it too. If you have to reapply do you have to pay a further fee?
23/02/2013 at 01:33
As Cleo has said planning lasts for 3 years. As long as you have started after plans have bben approved. This could be just having the foundations in after 3 years.
As others have said go for a downstairs loo. I find ours great during the day. We (I say we it was H who did al the work) did a full refurb to our place plus a 2 storey side and rear extension. We also converted the attic. We didn't live here whilst the work was being done. This is probably because we were doing a full refurb too. I would try to plan to have the kitchen dining area done whilst you were away or at least could move into another house/stay with family whilst this is being done.Be prepared to live with dust. We did another extension at a previous house (before children) whilst living there.
It will be worth it in the end
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