Extending your house is a great option to gain more space for a new room, to have a larger kitchen or more living space for the family. Any additional space in London is precious, and extending is a cost effective solution to improve your quality of life and increase the value of your property. That is why choosing the right house extension company is crucial for a final result in line with your expectations.
As space is so valuable in London, houseUP will help you optimise your plans. This way you will maximise the design and the space gain for you. Whether you want a larger kitchen, a play room for your children, a cosy living space for TV and video games, houseUP will be on your side to make the best choices for you and your family.
For your home extension, our teams will advise on the best solutions that are cost effective for your specific requirements and needs, with design and build or build services if you already have designs and plans from your chosen architect or designer.
One of our specialists comes to meet you and view your London property
A site visit is one of the most important steps for your construction projects. Every house and every person is different. Looking at your property and discussing your vision face to face is the best way to understand your vision, your priorities and your expectations. A perfect results is only possible if we understand what is unique about your house extension and you. A conversation in person allows us to understand all the details to your house extension. It is a great chance for you to meet the people who will work on your house renovation and choose the right people for your extension.
Capturing the said and unsaid: what you really want to achieve
One of our partner architects with experience of house extensions in London in your area sits with you to understand your expectations, explain the cost options and translate your ideas in drawings.
(design and build package only)
It is important to work together to make sure your vision for your renovation in London is transformed in the best design and plans. Priorities and requirements are different for each home extension. Getting them correctly is the secret to success. Sometimes a small inexpensive solution can save a lot of money and make you happier than complex and expensive specifications. Creativity and design need to be all focused on light, head-height, family space, life style, taste, comfort.All our competence and experience is at your service to create the best solution for you that is compliant with all the regulations for planning, building control, party wall and more.
Translating the vision: how you achieve what you want with practical solutions
One of our partner architects specialised in home renovations in your area produces all the documentation and drawings to get you through all the regulation process
(design and build package only)
Managing the design and planning process in London requires a deep understanding of your expectations and your budget requirements. Experience and previous relationship with the local area, council and planning authority are key to maximise the value of your house.
For your extension, as for any alteration, it is important to clear our the planning requirements and submit for planning permission only when necessary and with plans that have the highest chances to be approved quickly with no need to redesign or resubmission. In many cases house extensions in London are possible within permitted development. Sometimes it is also possible to combine planning permission and permitted development to get the maximum from your house extension.
houseUP has the competence and experience to achieve the best with your home renovation project in London
Optimising the planning process: exploit your property’s potential within the planning constraints
One of our estimation specialists produces an accurate quotation, including a break down of all the details and their cost
Investing your money for a construction project is an important decision. Getting a quotation that is clear, transparent and comprehensible is the first step to a successful house extension. It’s You That is why understanding the quotation is paramount to make the best decision. A quote that is too high is a scam, a quote that is too low is even more dangerous. Cowboy builders often quote a very low price to get the project, already planning to charge extras to make up for the difference; if not done on purpose, a contractor might choose to abandon the project when they realise it’s not profitable.
Check our infographic on 8 interesting facts that a good construction estimation should take into account.
Maximising the value for your money: gain space, light, quality of life and increase the value of your property.
The construction manager assigned to you organises the construction team, produces the time plan and manages the activities on site to build the extension
Works to extend your house can cause disruption in your daily routine. Information sharing and effective communication are as important as the execution of the works.
That is why you will have English speaking construction managers on your project and dedicated communication channels to avoid long and confusing email threads.
Delivering up to the expectations: produce top quality results through a hassle- and stress-free process.
Your construction project manager defines the snagging list, ensures all the tiny details are taken care of and reviews everything with you to get to a successful handover of your house extension
The very last few days at the end of your project can feel the hardest sometimes. You can’t wait to complete the works and start your new life and there are always the final details to smooth out. Finalising the last details can feel exhausting, after all the waiting and the disruption during the works,
That is why we make sure to be there on your side, for any last minute request, question and fixing. Because seeing you happy is what motivates us everyday.
Taking care of all the final details: complete the snagging, provide all the certifications, warranties and documentation and sign off the project.
If you are considering how to build an extension to your home, it’s useful to think of all the options you have for the type of property. There are many options for your home extension, depending on your requirements on the size, the size of garden you want to leave untouched and obviously your target budget.
It’s an extension at the back of a house, often in the garden. It’s a good option for detached and semi-detached houses. A terraced house extension at the rear of a property is also sometimes feasible.
It uses the narrow space at the side of a house, without using up garden space. It’s a great option for a ground floor extension, to implement a change of character on a ground floor without compromising the back garden area. This is an option for a semi-detached or detached house extension.
It’s the combination of rear house extension and side extension. It can be a very big addition in size to the existing house. It’s feasible for a semi-detached or detached house extension.
It’s an extension of only one storey, like an extension at the rear of a terraced house to make a larger kitchen. It’s an excellent way to extend a terraced house, a semi-detached or detached house. With a single storey extension you can also add a sunroom or a conservatory, or add a play room or a new TV and sofa area to an existing living room.
It extends ground and first floor of a house. It allows to extend a ground room floor, most usually the kitchen, and to create additional space on the floor above, for example enlarging or creating a bedroom or a bathroom. Most commonly it is feasible as an extension of a semi-detached or detached house.
Under permitted development, you have the right to extend your house without the need of planning permission.
For home extensions, there are some basic constraints for permitted development:
Rules are stricter in designated areas, where the above conditions might not be sufficient to have the right to permitted development.
Planning permission rules vary a lot depending on the council. As general rules, conservation, green belt, archeological and other designated areas have stricter requirements on alterations and building works that are allowed. It is important that you choose professionals who have experience in your council to support your planning permission application.
The cost for a house extension in London can differ substantially depending on many factors. For example, the area and accessibility of the site is one factor. The nature of the soil can have an impact when new foundations are required. Party wall agreements and the number of involved parties can add to the construction cost.
To be able to budget for your house extension in London, though, it’s important to have an idea of the average costs.
The average cost of a standard house extension in London is between £1,500 and £3,000 per sqm, excluding finishes like windows, flooring, sanitaryware etc.
At this price, the added value to your property is about double per square metre. For instance, in 2017 in the cheapest London borough the average property value was calculated as £4,000 per sqm.
This big family house in Gants Hill, London, is one of our favourite residential design and build project. We project included:
This house extension in London was part of a bigger project. It’s a two storey side extension, rear extension and full house renovation. The project included a new layout throughout the house, windows, underfloor heating and flooring installation.
Get in touch with us for a chat, a free site visit or a free quotation. We can help with all types of extensions and conversions, rear and side, for terraced, semi-detached and detached houses.