Building extension DIY

Adding an extra room to the home is becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners because of the cost associated with relocating. Whether it’s an extension or conversion of the loft or basement, perhaps you too are considering bringing extra space to the home.

And some homeowners feel they’re fully capable of doing the work themselves without needing to bring in a professional. Of course, with the skill and expertise this is highly possible but you’ll probably need some guidance and advice on certain aspects, such as:

  • Arranging finance
  • Drawing up plans and the structural engineering calculations
  • Receiving planning permission and adhering to Building Regulations

As well as this, gas work must be completed by a registered engineer. Wrongly fitted appliances can be deadly, with poisonous gas leaks, fires and explosions possible.
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If you are considering a conservatory for your home, then manufacturers will offer supply only services. However, DIY conservatories can be of low quality which is reflected in the price.

Essentially, self-build allows you to do some or all of the work yourself, depending on what you believe is possible. For example, you could dig out the foundations for an extension and then bring in the experts to complete the construction. Once the extension has been built you’ll be able to go in and decorate the room how you want.

You don’t necessarily need to complete the full extension and there’s the opportunity to do as much or as little work as you want.

Building extension DIY
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