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      I recently had an extension and the whole project took about 2 years. 6 months to get architect, drawings, planning permission and building regs and builder. We had to wait 12 months for builder, build took 6 months. I hadn’t considered builder couldn’t start for 12 months. We had other options that could have started 6-12 months but opted for the builder we preferred and had good references for. We had a 8 part payment plan - 12.5% on day 1, then same every 4 weeks thereafter x 6 and then balance on completion. Total build was around £150k. As it worked out our build was done March - September which worked out much better than a winter build, just a consideration if knocking down walls and having roof alterations.
      Pretty much this for me too. 6 months to planning approval, 6 month wait for builder & 6 months build & to final finishes
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      I'd like to have an extension to my house. I would like this to be completed in the summer of 2020 and am aware I need planning permission and various contracts will need to be signed.

      What I'd like to know is how far in advance I should begin to plan such a project with an architect or builder...
      If there's any chance PP will be rejected, but passed on appeal, you'll need to get going a couple of years early.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Triggaaar View Post
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      If there's any chance PP will be rejected, but passed on appeal, you'll need to get going a couple of years early.
      Brighton & Hove’s planning department is notorious for its slowness. Other authorities have better records.

      But as an earlier poster pointed out, offen planning permission isn’t required:
      https://www.planningportal.co.uk/inf.../17/extensions
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      Quote Originally Posted by ofco8 View Post
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      As a Building Estimator/Quantity Surveyor all my life I have always told householders when I visit them for pricing purposes " If our quote is not the one you want to use promise me you will NOT pay your proposed builder any money up front. If they ask for same they are not a trustworthy builder, possibly got cash flow problems. Only pay in completed stages payments."

      I despair how many I have seen who ignored this advice and then "cry" when the builder goes bust or just walks away with their money.
      Ha people that have never been on the tools always come out with this rubbish. We always take a deposit prior to start date and if the client disagrees which is never to be honest then I would walk away.
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      Just had one done took around 15months from start to finish. Planning approval is the balls ache. We set 90k but with extras and unforeseens it came in around 110k. Still have odds and sods to do
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      Just had one done took around 15months from start to finish. Planning approval is the balls ache. We set 90k but with extras and unforeseens it came in around 110k. Still have odds and sods to do
      Can I ask about the size of the building work and the reason that planning wasn't approved initially
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      Can I ask about the size of the building work and the reason that planning wasn't approved initially
      Mine was a single storey extension and there were issues with the roof and footings. They were mutually sorted in the end but if rejected like ours the hoops multiply. With the footings we had to concrete in an RSJ.
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      Mine was a single storey extension and there were issues with the roof and footings. They were mutually sorted in the end but if rejected like ours the hoops multiply. With the footings we had to concrete in an RSJ.
      90k for a single storey extension is quite a lot
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      Have a fair bit of experience in this field . Firstly it is often more cost effective, quicker and less stressful to employ a building firm that manages the whole process, this way you don’t need to employ a separate architect who has no real interest in the build or whether it meets your budget , they just want to get paid for producing the drawings.

      Secondly always pay in stages as the work progresses and allow 15% extra for things that may or may may not come up during the build

      As a ballpark a decent firm will charge you around £1900 a square metre to build but that’s for a straight forward new build, moving load baring walls etc and extra pipe work is going to increase that price as will how much you spend on the interior. For example I know a guy who wanted a big glass vaulted ceiling on his single story extension which was about 30 feet by 25 ft rather than the cheaper options and the quote for the vaulted ceiling came back at £85,000. So depends really how far you want to go to create the look and how big your budget is. He had already budgeted £40,000 for the kitchen so wanted a cool looking roof as well.
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