DIY House Extension-Planning Ahead

Before you start any physical work on your house extension it is essential that you meticulously plan every detail first. so that there are no surprises further down the line. With regard to the foundations you need to know the amount of concrete you will require and the cost. Also you have to decide if you should hire some skips or use a grab wagon which may work out cheaper. Phoning around Builders Merchants for quotations for materials can prove very worthwhile especially if you are prepared to haggle hard. Builders Merchants will want your business and will be prepared to negotiate. Ebay can often be a great place to find great bargains for such items as bricks,blocks and even second hand Patio Doors which somebody has decided they no longer want. It is these areas that great savings can be made so pre-planning is vital. To get your family fully on board so that they do not continually moan every time you ask them to do some labouring it is usually a good idea to dangle some motivation in front of them in the form of a once in a lifetime family holiday to some exotic location, which you will easily be able to afford from the savings you make on your DIY Extension. (I believe the Seychelles are nice this time of the year! (or any time of the year for that matter…).To project manage a simple extension is not particularly daunting and may serve as a good learning experience before tackling something a much more ambitious Grand Designs project further down the line. They say the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time and so it is with any building project.The extension can be divided into bite sized chunks as follows.1.Dig out the foundations and put spoil in skips or to one side for a grab wagon. 2.Fill in the foundations with concrete.3.Do any necessary drainage that may need doing including manholes that may need raising.4.Bring brickwork up to DPC level in semi-engineering bricks.5.Fix furfixings onto wall so that extension can be attached to main building.7.Build up side walls of extension in brick and block cavity construction with insulation inserted into the cavity and both skins tied with wall ties 7.Insert windows and patio door as required with lintels overhead. 8.Insert any steels necessary between main building and new extension.9.Put on wall plates,joists,firring pieces,plywood,facia,soffit,roof insulation and felt or asphalt for roof.10.Guttering 11.Extension floor either solid or wooden 12.Electric Lights and power sockets.13.Plasterboarding and skimming ceiling and plastering internal extension walls. As the old saying goes “Fail to prepare and you should prepare to fail” Now would be a good time to call into the travel agent and get as many travel brochures as possible and leave them lying around so that they are a constant reminder of the pleasure that awaits you as a result of the money you will save once the extension is complete.

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