A Short Guide to Building an Extension


If you have decided to extend, there is much to consider. The style and scope of the extension would be determined by your budget and the available space, but most homes can accommodate a single storey extension adjoining the rear or the side of the house, so for this article, we are looking at a single room added to the property.

The Design

The best person to approach for the project is your local builder, who will happily work with you to come up with a suitable design (for a single room, you don’t need an architect). Once a design is chosen, the drawings can be created and sent to the local council for planning permission.

The Build

Working to your budget, the local builder would liaise with qualified electricians in Leicester to ensure the wiring is completed according to schedule. He would also require plumbing services, and he would know the best tradespeople in the area. Local builders do outsource some of the work, but things like roofing and actual construction, they would handle themselves.

Fixtures and Fittings

Once the structure is completed and the roof finished, it is time for what is called, “second fixing” in the building trade. Second fixing involves fitting:

  • Handles
  • Skirting board and architrave
  • Light fittings and switches
  • Interior doors

Connecting the utilities is next, then the extension is ready for decoration, and with heating already installed, you now have that much needed extra space.

Regarding a timeline, if all the materials and tradespeople are coordinated, a couple of weeks would see the project completed, and with all the waste responsibly disposed of, you can paint the exterior, or add a protective coating.