GodolphinContemporary Patio, London
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4. Choose the right buildersThe right builders are not always the ones who give you the cheapest quote, or the ones who are available immediately. If a particular quote comes in cheaper than the others, you should ask yourself why first. Is it a quote for labour only? If so, bear in mind that materials for even a seemingly modest build can run into many thousands of pounds. Have the builders factored in the cost of jobs like laying floors and fitting kitchens? Don’t be afraid to ask for references, and a detailed, broken-down quote so you can compare potential contractors like-for-like.
Londoners love extensionsRear extensions to period terraces are particularly popular in London, where rows of Victorian terraces line the streets of the capital. The extensions are undeniably enviable for their space-maximising potential, lighting capacities, and stylish combination of old and new.Read what you need to keep in mind when planning a rear extension
Install quickly and easilyBifold doors are quick to install. Either the builder creates the opening, and then a door company measures up before building the frames to fit. Or, for a fast turn around, the builder commits to creating an opening of a set size and the frame arrives designed to fit it, either made to measure or off the peg. ‘The doors can be installed in one day,’ says Chris. ‘The frame is fitted and then the windows simply slot in.’Tour other innovative extensions
Contractor-led projectsYou don’t need to get an architect involved when planning your extension if you don’t want to – it’s possible to hire contractors and oversee the project yourself. ‘Many people have gone through the process without an architect successfully,’ says Hugo Tugman. ‘The danger is when you don’t know what you’re doing – you may not see the pitfalls that we would see and it can quickly become very expensive if you have to keep making adjustments.’Cost-wise, however, consider the build as a whole. ‘With smaller projects, the architect fees can become a large part of the cost,’ Jerry says, ‘so it doesn’t always make sense to get an architect involved with a standard extension.’
Create clean linesThis side return extension is a beautiful exercise in simplicity. Built with bricks that match the original house, it has simple square roof lights in the extension and handsome folding doors right across the back to allow the living space to flow seamlessly into the garden.Get more ideas for your extension with these glass exterior shots.