By: Ian Rock
Edition: 3 Rev ed
Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group
Pagination: 244 pages, col. Illustrations
Pub Date: 19/04/2018
Home Extension Manual: The Step-by-step Guide to Planning, Building and Managing a Project
In the current economic climate, many people are looking at ways to extend their homes rather than move house, but 'getting the builders in' can be a recipe for disaster unless you really know what you are doing.
Whether you plan to employ a building contractor or tackle some of the works yourself, this best-selling manual will show you how to stay firmly in control, resulting in a high-quality extension, completed on time and within budget.
This new edition will include all the up-do-date information on complying with the latest Building Regs and Planning requirements, CAD design, energy-efficiency, under floor heating, bi-folds, liquid screeds, woodburning stoves and renewable energy.
Thousands of homes are extended each year, but 'getting the builders in'
doesn't have to be a nightmare. Problems such as unfinished work, skyrocketing
costs, inexplicable delays and disputes with rogue builders can all be
Whether you plan to employ a building contractor or tackle some of the works
yourself, this comprehensive manual will show you how to stay firmly in control,
resulting in a high-quality extension, completed on time and within budget. From
foundations and drainage through to snagging and completion, this step-by-step
guide will cut out the stress and trauma of extending your home. Each chapter is
devoted to a key part of the build, with every stage explained in plain English,
backed up with hundreds of colour photos showing real building projects as they
- Getting the best from architects, surveyors, planners and builders
- Saving money by designing it yourself
- How to get planning consent - for the extension you really want (and what
you can legally build without it)
- Successful project management
- How to avoid cost overruns, delays, injury and damage
- Improvements that add value - and those that don't
- Making big savings by employing specialist trades
- Money-making scams - how to avoid them
- How to spot bad workmanship - before it gets out of hand
- Updated to include pure glass and green oak extensions, SIPS and modern
timber frame, bi-fold doors, energy-efficient design and micro-generation