Although the cost of building an extension can be significant, it is a sure-fire way to add value to your home and will serve those looking to move away in a few year's time just as well as those who are setting up for the long haul.

As with any major project, there are a lot of factors that need to be carefully considered before any work on an extension can be undertaken. From initial designs to planning applications, supplies to labor costs, each stage of the process has the potential to cause major disruptions to the project if it is not thought through beforehand.

1. Design

If you've designed the extension yourself you may need the aid of a designer or draftsperson to draw up your plans to submit them for planning approval (if required) and a structural engineer to produce drawings and calculations for Building Regs’ purposes.

Choose someone who's worked on similar projects before and understands what you're trying to achieve with the budget you have.

2. Cost

Extension budget is one area where most people fall down, often underestimating the time and money that is required to complete the project. Adequately budgeting for an extension is one of the most important things to consider when planning a project to improve your home. Here are a few tips to remember:

3. Access to the site

You’ll need to factor in how trucks and lorries will reach the property and unload large items and materials. You’ll also need to determine where trades will park and store their tools.

4. Services

Check your current services for the installation, you need to plan this before building an extension or renovating your home. Don’t assume that your electrical, heating, and plumbing will be able to cope with lighting and heating extra space.

Whether you’re extending, renovating or building your dream home, you’re going to rely on a trusted team of trades to get it built. Crucially you’ll want to find a builder who understands your vision, is prepared to and skilled enough to build it!

You’ll be investing a lot of money, time and emotion into the build and you’ll want a team who respects that.

1. Find a Builder Working Locally

Finding a builder locally can have huge benefits when it comes to your build. Time on site, their knowledge of local planning, builders’ merchants and other local trades are all invaluable nuggets of knowledge that you’ll welcome on site.

 2. Be Patient when searching for Building Contractors

The first thing that you should do is simple, be patient. You need to be very patient when you start to look into how to find a good builder.

3. Always check the feedback

Once you’ve found a builder you like, don’t be afraid to ask them for a list of previous customers; they should be happy to provide details if they’re confident they’ve done a successful job. This will give you an ideal opportunity to really find out what they’re like and see examples of their work first-hand.

4. Consider The Type of Contractor You Need

Not all builders are going to be good at what you may be dreaming about when hiring a builder. If you’re trying to get a helping hand with choosing a builder checklist, this is going to go a long way. Consider the type of build you need, or you will end up with a lot of options that may not be part of what you are looking for. This is not something that you want to skip over at all.

CONGRATULATIONS! You get a good builder.

When it comes to redesigning your bathroom, taking water efficiency into account has more or less become a necessity. 

We should all be trying to conserve water, as it takes energy to process and deliver clean water to our homes not to mention heat it for a shower or bath. 

Happily, the latest key pieces for bathrooms are often created with water efficiency at the heart of their design. From aerated showers and taps to dual-flush toilets, these water-saving wonders will allow you to create an eco-friendly bathroom, without having to sacrifice your self-care rituals. 

1. Turn off the taps properly

You really don’t need to leave the water running when brushing teeth or shaving, so turn them off!

2.Check for leaks regularly

Do you have a dripping tap, leaky cistern or pouring overflow? Wasted water can cost you a huge amount a year so it really is worth attending to those niggly jobs promptly. Little leaks can quickly turn into bigger floods, causing damage to surrounding cupboards, floors and ceilings.

3.Reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower

We all like taking a nice long shower, but it’s a notorious water-waster.

4.Use water-efficient equipment

If you are redesigning your bathroom, water efficiency will be a basic consideration. New bathroom equipment is specifically created with water efficiency at the heart of its design.

5.Buy a toilet with a dual-flush system

You may already be familiar with toilets with a dual flush. There are two buttons –  one for a small flush and one for a big flush. Most dual flushes come with 4/6 litre flushes. This means you only ever use what you need. In comparison to standard flush systems, this could save you up to 5,000 litres of water every single year.

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