If you are trying to manage as much of your build as possible you will also be wanting to save as many pennies and pounds as possible.
One way to save is through your materials. Don't let your builder, for example, add the materials to their quote, they will also be adding their own percentage of profit on top of the actual material costs. Go direct to builders merchants and suppliers armed with quantities and a programme. Get quotes and then ask for discounts, especially if you can bulk order different materials. The supplier wants your business and should be willing to do all they can to get you to order.
If you can go direct to the supplier, ask questions and find out prices. Even if they wont supply directly to you, you will be armed with vital information to ensure you get the best possible price from their agents.
Remember to ask about delivery costs and times, you may not know exactly what you will need but you may now when you will want it delivered. Book a delivery slot as soon as possible and confirm your order at a later date.
When considering materials for your build look beyond the traditional built techniques and materials. Of course for some builds traditional methods and materials will be the way forward but there will be many where new and innovative approaches can be used.
The building industry has been and is still moving with the times. it's always good to make contact your local builders merchant but they may not be able to help you with the more energy efficient, sustainable and innovative products now available.
Visit such places as the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, ask your architect, ask your builder, research online, grab ideas from TV programmes. Bricks can be replaced with brick slips, blocks replaced with recycled fast track, build in any weather products, it goes on and on.
SIP, ICF and Arkpro are just a few materials which can save you time, money and ensure your build is as energy efficient as possible.
You've decided you want an extension, you've decided where it will be, you've decided what it will be used for and you are excited to get the build started and more importantly finished and to start using it.
But stop, have you researched all your planning considerations, materials and trades?
Take a look at the extensions which have been built in your area, will your design pass planning? Knock on neighbours doors and ask them if they had problems and how they overcame them, learn from their issues and help your project to run smoothly, on time and on budget.
A traditional brick, block build may not be the way to go, research into new and innovative materials. Look into the insulation quality of products and the ease of building in any weather.
Make friends with your local builders merchant, you may be able to negotiate a discount or two and they will be able to recommend trusted traders.
Evan a small extension budget can easily spiral out of control. Before you break the ground ensure you have done your research into every aspect of the build.
Your programme, budget and sanity will be glad you did.
No matter the size of the build you need to work out your budget and stick to it. Of course sums need to be included for contingency and professional fees. When costing the build you need a detailed spreadsheet which contains each and every single element of the build and their cost.
Beware of clay! Investigate the ground you are to build on and investigate it thoroughly. Many pounds can be lost in the ground and getting out of the ground can sometimes be the most painful as there can be so many unforeseen challenges if you go in blind.
Keep it simple! The similar the design the cheaper the design - a very general statement but should be taken on board. Adding curved walls and complicated roof designs soon up the costs. Complicated engineered designs may blow the budget before you get off the paper.
Barter! Don't accept your first price, on everything, get at least three prices and then you can still try to barter the best price down. This may sound time consuming, it is, but the savings can be tremendous. Search for bargains and think outside the box - how can you get what you need in a simpler, cheaper way? There will be alternatives you just need to do your research.
Over the last twenty years the UK Brick Industry has consolidated from a network of local small brickworks serving their local areas to three large brick manufacturers controlling almost 90% of the UK Brick Industry. As smaller brickworks have been taken over, many have been closed or seen their brick ranges reduced.
As a result, simply many brick types that were once manufactured simply are no longer available.
This means that many bricks are matched to the 'closest' available brick match, and that is not often that close a brick match at all, leaving the extension or area of bricked in brickwork standing out blatantly from the original adjoining brickwork.
Brick Tinting is the process of changing the colour appearance of brickwork, mostly in situ once it has been built.
Brick Tinting has been used throughout the UK for more than 30 years, the process has primarily been used to correct manufacturing or construction mistakes that only become apparent once brickwork has been erected, i.e, non standard brick batch colour variations, brick banding, etc.
Not all bricks are a single colour, many bricks are multi coloured from production, including various colour flashes and mixtures that make up the brick type.
Brick tinting matching all these colour variations, not just single colours. Brickwork weathers and ages naturally relatively quickly and brick tinting will also colour match even the most weathered brickwork.
The overall affect is that the new brickwork is indistinguishable from the original adjoining brickwork.
Remedial Repair can be contacted for all your brick, mortar and stone tinting requirements.
If you are taking on a building project, be it an extension, a garden project or self building your forever home - your local builders merchant will be a great place to start making friends!
Call in and get to know the staff, tell them what your plans are and leave your contact details.
They will know many, if not all of the local trades people, and will know who to recommend for your project. If you are buying the materials directly and from them then you may be able to negotiate a discount on all purchases - the builders merchant wins s they get all the trade and you win as you get a discount and a reliable supplier - they wont want to mess up and lose your orders!
If you are after a material your local builders merchant does not stock they will no doubt be able to get it for you as they will have many other branches locally and nationwide.
And if you are just after advise they will be more than happy to offer this too, after all you are more likely to order from them if they have helped and offered advise and you will be more than happy to stay local.
You plan to build but have you looked into an alternative to traditional brick and breeze block wall construction?
You want your new building to be thermally efficient and sustainable and if the build time could be as fast as possible that would be great too? Right?
ARKPRO is up to four times quicker to build than traditional build, reducing construction time that saves a great deal over a project build. The system is also not weather dependent, avoiding potential expensive site delays.
The thermal block structure is laid dry, infilled with concrete to create a high performing monolithic walling structure and then clad in any finish to suit such as brick, stone, timber, or render.
The thermal block work which forms the ARKPRO substrate is made from 90% recycled timber which is mixed with various cement elements at the factory to create a finish which feels close to concrete.
The thermal blocks achieve a BRE Green Guide A Rating and 4 code for Sustainable Homes points achieving 8dB over standard 43 dB for party walls.
Your extension or renovation project is underway but there will still be decisions to be made. Unless you have planned and decided every single detail you will be asked by your builder to make decisions as the construction moves ahead. Make these decisions promptly, the same day would be best.
How quickly you make these decisions is more important then you may realise. These may seem small to you but taking too long to decide on the type of taps you would like in your en-suite or where you would like the plug sockets could cause large delays. Some decisions will then involve a lead time from order or may delay the plasterer and then decorator which can all add to the time on site for your builder and therefor labour costs for yourself.
This is also the case if you change your mind once the building has started. Deciding you don't want the wall there you want it here may seem like a small and easy change but this could soon disrupt the works schedule considerably in terms of cost and time.
Ensure you only get the builders in once you have decided as many things as possible, consider the things that could go wrong and try to plan to prevent them. Prevention is cheaper then the cure in construction.
Your planning application has been rejected - but don't panic all is not lost. Take a careful look at the reasons for the rejection and begin working on solutions to the objections.
There may be one tiny detail your local authority can not approve and it may be easily rectified - If this is the case the application can be resubmitted to gain planning permission.
If the rejection is a little more complicated you will need to research the objection and redesign and alter to accommodate the local requirements.
You may consider the rejection unreasonable, in which case you can take it to appeal. If you feel the application has been falsely refused you can request an independent inspector takes a look and concludes the outcome.
Once you have obtained planning permission you should not make any changes to your design. If you do these may require a retrospective amendment or require a completely new planning application.
This guidance reflects temporary increases to the size limits for single-storey rear extensions that must be completed by 30 May 2019, and the associated neighbour consultation scheme.
An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
* Designated land includes conservation areas, national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and World Heritage Sites.
Please note: The permitted development allowances described here apply to houses and not to:
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