Extension, Herne HillTraditional House Exterior, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Ensure a project plan is in place before work begins Clear discussion of the timeframe for the project and having specific dates for each stage is very important, so everyone knows what to expect.“For larger projects, a Gantt chart [a bar chart that illustrates a project’s schedule] or similar is helpful to illustrate when timings are triggered, with contingency built in,” Rupert says.A management system, such as Houzz Pro, can be beneficial to the homeowner as well as the builder, as all parties can see every detail at every stage, so everyone is in accord. “We can view, revise and monitor the project from the day of enquiry to successful completion,” Remi says. “Changes and comments can easily be seen and, importantly, we can monitor the timeframe for the whole project.”Lynn agrees. “Houzz Pro allows us to communicate effectively with our clients and ensure critical touchpoints aren’t missed,” she says.
Talk to your neighboursIf your extension requires consent from your neighbours, it’s worth talking to them right from the start. “Dissent from neighbours can increase the costs, as they’re able to appoint their own independent surveyors, whose costs you will be liable for,” says Leena. “You can save money by talking to them about your scheme and understanding any concerns they may have, so you can address them beforehand.”