As families grow and demand more space, the thought of moving to a bigger house, especially in London, will mean an increase in Stamp Duty and costs, other options include digging out expensive and time consuming basements and or converting and extending into the loft is not always an option.
Many families are choosing to to stay put and extend instead. An extension does not have to be the biggest as long as it is designed to make the most of the space you add and already have.
A carefully designed and considered extension could even be built without the hassle of applying for and the time consuming wait for approval.
The key is in the planning, search out local builders and trades and make sure you get references, or even better visit builds they have completed and speak to the owners. Sketch and work out the best use of space and your requirements. Time spent in the planning and design stage can save time and budget during the build stage. Make your changes on paper not in reality at the time of the build.
The advantage to London terrace houses is many can be extended with no planning permission required under Permitted Development Rights.
Stick to your budget but also include a contingency sum in your costs, usually around 10%, this will cover you for unforeseen works but should not be used to fall back on half way through the build as you decide you don't want a wall there but you want it here instead.
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