Introduction to building an extension

A beautiful extension brings families and friends together as well as making life a lot more comfortable. Did you know that you might not need planning permission to have an extension? Part of our work includes helping you with bringing your dream to life and making things work. Once we have an idea of what you would like we will discuss this with our qualified and experienced architect to do things properly and provide their recommendations.

This approach can save you thousands in unnecessary fees and let’s be honest why should you pay to discuss ideas?

Extensions are used to house new:

  • Kitchens
  • Dining rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Lounges
  • Swimming pools
  • Gyms
  • Cars
  • Aircraft… to name a few not forgetting the “man cave”. If we can physically build it and the local authority do not have a concern, then we can bring it to life.

Free project check list – Here are a few things to think about when dreaming about extensions..

  • Planning Permission Planning permission for extensions is not always a requirement if you work within the confines of the permitted development rules. Check the rules here:

  • Building regulation/control for extensions There are certain extensions that are excempt from building control however nearly all developments larger or more complicated than a porch require building control sign off and approval.

  • Discuss Ideas and dreams for your extensions. This is the stage that we want to learn everything about you and your dream. What would you like to happen? Where will the work be carried out? What is the outline of the proposed construction? How do you want it to look? Who will use it ? Have you had any drawings made by an architect? If we secure some of the basic facts about your dreams it will make the Architect check and pre-planning work more of an easy process keeping costs to a minimum.

  • Architect check and pre-planning work Do you have an architect ? Our architect is one of the most important members of the team and they are fully qualified and come with a wealth of experience. If we can learn as much as possible from you at the start we will be able to reduce the time spent on re-drawing, re-designing and submitting your extension.

You don’t have to work with our architect… We are geared to work with any architect organisation that adopts modern day practices so please put us in touch with them as soon as possible so can work together.

  • Concept design, drawings and first estimate After understanding what your extension dreams look like we will present different ideas to you that both the architect and us believe would be suitable to move forward. Depending on how complex the work would be drawings are typically created and we engage you as our client.

At this stage we can provide a good idea on costings for your extension.

  • Planning & Building control application After we agree a specification for your extension we can then apply for full planning consent (if required) and obtain pricing from either the local authorities, building control department or from our chosen private firm of inspectors.

Obtaining planning permission can be a lengthy process and its important that we have as much information in the previous steps as possible, so the architect can get the application right and in as quickly as possible.

  • Full costings estimate When the planning consent is granted for your extension we will have a firm set of instructions to finalise a price for you and will submit a complete estimate/quotation.

  • Work starts At this stage our team will arrive on site to start work on your extension. Prior to this we must provide information to the building inspector with a start date and get permission to start.

Our team are hired for their talents and their willingness to please our customers. We take health and safety extremely seriously and take every step to minimise accidents. To date we have not had any reported or un reported site accidents.

  • Client checks/Time for additions When your extension project nears completion, we will arrange to walk you around the development and discuss everything and ensure you are happy. This is the point that we will invite you to suggest changes for extras as well as discuss how closely we are meeting your dreams.

  • Work completed The day is here ! We have all waited for this day to arrive and finally it has. On the morning of completion your project manager will attend site, direct the cleaners, make sure our team have completed everything and ensure the project is ready to present. We want this to be one of the happiest days of your life.

If you would like to explore having an extension built please contact your local Stotto office on 0116 2691240 or contact us here.

The Leicestershire office covers: Ashby de la Zouch & The National Forest, Hinckley & Market Bosworth, Blaby, Loughborough & Charnwood, Leicester, Oadby & Wigston, Melton Mowbray & Vale of Belvoir, Market Harborough & Lutterworth.

Specialist in all aspects of Building Extensions