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How to choose a builder and sub-contractors for your building project

How to choose  a builder and sub-contractors for your building project

With horror stories about so-called ‘cowboy’ builders, budgets spiraling out of control and sites being left half-finished, it’s a wonder anyone builds anything! However, we find the vast majority of builders and their sub-contractors to be decent, honest people who take pride in their work, and who will go to great lengths to satisfy their clients and protect their reputation.

“This guide will take you through the important work of how to choose your main builder/contractor and related sub-contractors like electricians, plumbers, carpenters, joiners, ground workers, bricklayers, plasterers and decorators.”

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Basement conversion and basement extension guide — in depth information on how to successfully tackle basements

What do you do if you want to extend your home, but your garden is too small to allow it, or your loft is unsuitable for conversion? You may think the only way to get extra space is to move house. However, there is another possibility. Consider a basement conversion, excavating below ground to build a basement. Basements are slowly becoming more popular in the UK as people look for more space and don’t have the ability to extend wider, longer or higher. Sometimes, the only way to get more room without moving house is to go down into a basement. This is you ultimate guide on basement conversions and basement extensions to help you toward a basement that works for you. 

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How much does it cost to build a house or extension — estimating costs for domestic building projects

How much does it cost to build a house or extension — estimating costs for domestic building projects

Estimating small building projects can be a complex process because build costs depend on so many factors. The reality is you will only get an accurate idea of the price for your project when all drawings and schedules of work have been completed. These outline your particular requirements, the type of house construction and any other factors specific to your project.

The problem is, people want to know about building costs before they know about the project specifics or have a clear project brief. Although this is is understandable, it’s difficult to be accurate on build costs at an early stage of a project idea. This is because details of what is being included and what is not is usually quite vague at initial stages of the project.

We recommend you are careful of ball park figures that may be thrown at you early on as these can vary significantly. You can only begin to get some price certainty when you have a building design and plan, and the project is split into its various elements, which can then be measured and costed out. 

This article explains how we help clients through this difficult first stage of building projects. 

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House design and refurbishment guide — internal alterations for more space

The most obvious way to improve your home and solve frustrating house design problems is just to add extra space. This preconception may lead you to believe that you need a loft conversion or house extension. But before launching into major building works we advise clients to take a step back and ask an important question. Can you get what you need without major structural alterations or additions?

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House extensions guide — in depth information on how to successfully tackle your house extension

Well-designed extensions can transform even the humblest of homes by maximising the floorplan and adding to the market value. Considering today’s house prices as well as tallying up the costs of moving (think solicitor's fees, stamp duty, house movers and van hire), improving what you've already got can be a more appealing and affordable route to creating a living space that meets your family's needs. Use this guide to help you maximise your property's potential.

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Loft Conversion Guide — in depth information on how to successfully tackle a loft conversion

Loft Conversion Guide — in depth information on how to successfully tackle a loft conversion

This guide provides everything you need to know about loft conversion design considerations, costings, planning and building regulations. A loft conversion is an ideal way to gain more space. There may be scope for one or two extra bedrooms possibly even with a bathroom or home office. 

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