Are you looking for a house or kitchen extension, renovation or refurbishment in Watford? House Extension London are here to assist you. We arrange a free no-obligation site visit at your property to assess your house extension aspirations, thoughts, vision, and budgetary concerns. We will help you plan, design and build you extension in Watford.
Bespoke House Design in Watford
We understand that no two houses are the same. Therefore, we only do 100% custom design, planning, and consult with you in each step of the process. Our architects will work closely with you to draw ideas into a final set of plans for the extension build phase. Planning permission rules vary from council to council. It is important to choose the right architects who have experience in your council to support your planning permission application.
Our build teams begin construction under the supervision of your personal project manager. We will provide you a detailed plan of the project to ensure that the right trades, tools, and materials will be on-site at the right times for a smooth build. Our construction is only completed when you are happy, the job site is then cleared so that you can start decorating your newly extended living space.
Our team has a lot of experience when it comes to kitchen extensions. A Kitchen extension in Watford is one of the most popular types of home renovation undertaken by London residents. A newly added kitchen can increase the value of your property by 6% and many buyers in Watford see this first when buying the property. Our team can offer our expertise and guidance so that your extension process runs efficiently.
You can choose from a wide range of house extension solutions, such as: Single storey extension, Rear Extensions, Double storey extension, Side extensions, Bungalow extensions, Garage & house extensions. We cover the whole of London and the home counties supplying a comprehensive solution to our clients varying requirements.
Most house improvements involve an addition of an extra space to accommodate either a new bigger kitchen, adding a shower or toilet under the stairs, increasing the internal space for big family functions. All modern house extensions nowadays have bi-fold doors, skylights, Velux windows etc. Many London families are opting for the open plan kitchen and dinner as they tend to offer better use of the space and feels spacious too. Contact our team today to discuss your house extension options and free no obligation quote.
House Extension Watford
This sort of rear roof extension is popular for single-story kitchen extensions.
This extension requires more space and is perfectly suited for larger properties.
This type of extension is a modern twist to the usual roof extensions, recognised by the triangle roof.
Multi-storey extension is the best option if you have a luxurious detached, semi-detached or end of terrace house in London.
This is one of the most popular house extensions across London which adds good amount of space and increases value.
This sort of extension has been popular for kitchen extensions in many terraced, semi-detached houses in London.
This type of house extension runs on the side and rear of the house filling the maximum space at the back.
This house extension is perfect in filling up and transforming those narrow spaces in the house.
This house extension is ideal for large properties that have space to the side and rear of the house.
A house or kitchen extension is an investment in your home, so we know you will have a few questions before you get started.
A standard house extension takes between 7 to 9 weeks for the initial build. And a further 5-7 weeks for installation of kitchen and other facilities. Overall, there size of the building and the scope of the extension are the major factors on how long the house extension will take.
Our lead times are currently at 3-4 weeks, assuming you have the architectural plans, structural calculations, and party wall notices ready. House Extension London have teams all over London and the home counties. Wherever you are based, we can get your house or kitchen extension started in as little as two weeks. If you have any questions, contact our highly experienced team who will guide you through the whole process in much more detail.
House extension is one of the fastest and most effective way to add value to your house. An expertly constructed and finished house or kitchen extension can add up to 25% value to your house. It’s a fantastic amount of value added to your house instead of spending this on stamp duty when moving home. At House Extension London, we believe you should prefer moving up instead of moving out.
Our process of House extension in Watford starts with a site survey where our surveyor will visit your property and guide you on what is possible. All this will be free of charge as it’s a no-obligation quotation. After the site visit, you will be provided with a rough quote until we have the structural calculations ready. Once you are happy with the quote, we will draw a contract to be signed and give you a start date. House Extension London tries to cater for all our customers needs and we are proud to be one of London’s best extension builders.
We review our prices every quarter to take into consideration price increases of materials and inflation too. Our quotations are therefore value for up to four months. In this time period, you can alter your quote to suit your needs if needed. We will work alongside you to alter any design you want until you are fully satisfied with it.
A recent article from Uswitch (https://www.uswitch.com/loans/guides/home-improvements-that-can-add-value-to-your-home/) states that a Kitchen extension will add up to £3k per m2. We suggest to speak to your local agent in Watford to get an idea of the estimated increase in value of your extension.
Permitted development guidelines for the house extension size can vary based on the type of property you are extending. As a general estimate is that 3m is allowed for a terraced and semi-detached properties. Detached properties can get up to 4m without planning permission.
You will need planning permission for an extension when the design and size of the extension exceeds the provisions of permitted development. If you live in a flat or conservation area you will need to apply for planning permission regardless of the design and size of the extension.
Once the planning application has been submitted to the local authority, it can take up to 8 weeks. It takes between 4 to 8 weeks for an architect to prepare and submit the plans. Ideally, we suggest to give at least 3 months in advance for the construction company to start the process.
By adding a house extension, the demand for current hot water and heating systems will increase. You might need to change to a new boiler that has a bigger output. Many homes tend to install a hot water cylinder when extending their property to the rear.
Your neighbours cannot stop you from constructing up to, or even on, the boundary between your properties, even if it requires access onto their land. This issue is not covered by planning or building control. If you are undertaking a house extension that involves digging or building foundations within 3m of the boundary, party wall or party wall structure, or digging foundations within 6m of a boundary, this sort of work will require you to comply with the party wall act. You will need a surveyor to act on your behalf. Such an act does not apply in Scotland.
If your house extension will be built over or near a seer, you have to contact your local water board before work commences. In many cases, your architect will have to draw plans on how you intend to change the pipework, and these will be submitted to the water board for approval. It can take up to 3-4 weeks to get this approved and we strongly suggest not to start any work before obtaining a letter of approval.
Yes, it is normal to live on the site throughout the house extension, however there will be dust and mess and it can slow down the progress as the builders will try to work around your life. If you are not prepared to live with the disruption, then you should surely look for temporary accommodation especially during the dusty stage.
Yes, before you commence your construction project, you will need to submit either a building notice or a full planning application to building control. A building notice will allow you to start the work quickly but there will be lack of protection that a building control has signed off on the construction work. In this case, you will be liable to correct any work that faults to meet building regulations standard upon inspection.
Regardless of whether planning permission is required or not, any sort, any construction project must comply with the building regulations. You need to make sure that whoever undertakes the work can self-certify the work, for example, FENSA accredited window fitters, Gas Safe engineers, NIXEIC registered electricians and so on. If these requirements are not met, you could be served notice to take the extension down and will have trouble selling your home without relevant building regulations certificates.
Before starting your house and kitchen extension, its vital you give as much information as possible on what you want from the house extension, your timings, how and when you intend to pay them and what penalties will be in place if deadlines are missed. The architect will send you a detailed plan and a contract to sign.
If your house extension requires any structural changes to your home, you may need a structural engineer. A structural engineer can provide the technical drawings and calculations which can be used to get building regulation approval. This will also be used by the construction company during the house extension work.