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A house extension can be a very long and tricky process, but we can guide you through the beginnings, middles, and ends of extending your house.

A house extension can be a very long and tricky process, but we can guide you through the beginnings, middles, and ends of extending your house.

The start of the extension process

The first process is the site survey. This is a detailed study carried out to make sure that everything is structurally sound before the building work commences. It could consist of the valuation of the property, structural investigations, and structural surveys. 

The next phase - architects and structural engineers, though to design concepts.

The next process involves getting a professional services architect and structural engineer. It's not essential to use an architect, but if you want a professional to draw the designs it usually guarantees a better end result. It's also important to work with the structural engineer to guarantee the strength and durability of your extension. The structural engineer can provide technical drawings and additional calculations that can help if you need to get building regulation approval. The builder then uses these drawings to press on to the next stage.

The concept and design process is a crucial part where the customer can see the pieces of the puzzle put together. Ultimately, you have the final say but this is the perfect opportunity for the architect and the structural engineer to work together to show the conception of the project. They show you the design through 3D designs and conception software to give you the full picture. When you are happy with the presentation, the next step is to get approval.

Getting planning approval

Getting approval can be a lengthy process and it all goes through the local council. There can be restrictions and is usually subject to an informal inspection by someone from the council. Sometimes there can be extensions to a property without permission needed. Submitting an application through a local architect with local knowledge is essential to ensure you get past this hurdle.

The building phase

Once everything is in place it's time for the project to commence. Firstly, the builders need to secure access to the site and put in place various equipment such as skips and scaffolding as well as additional health and safety or risk assessment essentials to guarantee everything is within regulation. There may be excavation work needed to prepare the groundwork. After this, the structure is erected, such as the walls and the roof. The internal renovation is then completed including reconfiguration of the internal space and erecting walls where necessary, and finally, the internal fit-out which may include carpentry appliances, flooring, and electrical or plumbing facilities.

The final process is having the property approved. The final inspections and sign off is necessary to avoid being fined or to have work redone.

If this sounds like a lot of work, it's because it is! If you are looking for professionals to help manage your house extension we can look after the entire project. If you need a company to manage the house extension process from start to finish, here at Oakland Leicester, we provide a comprehensive service for people in the Leicestershire area. A house extension process is a lengthy one so let us. look after it for you. 

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