Extensions

 

 

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  • Although a modern extension can look good on an old house, when it comes to selling on it is important to appeal to the average buyer’s taste. Therefore it is more advisable for an extension to match the architectural style of the existing house.
  • Be strategic: Extra bathrooms and large kitchens are usually good investments in family-sized homes, and a garage in a busy, urban area will also add value.
  • The room that usually benefits the most from enlarging is the kitchen. Adding a kitchen/diner creates the farmhouse kitchen most people want and provides extra space. The old dining room can become an office, playroom, or an extra sitting room. Kitchen extensions also provide the opportunity to extend upwards – an additional bedroom can be built on top at the same time.
  • Loft conversions are another good way of enlarging your house. Victorian or 1930s houses are ideal for these because of their high roof pitches. Prices will vary depending on how many bedrooms are added and whether an en-suite is built. A loft room will also require less planning and building requirements than a bedroom- do the research and speak to chartered surveyors and architects.
  • If there isn’t a reason to expand, consider applying for a further advance on your mortgage and give the house a makeover. A new kitchen, bathroom and carpets will revive the the property and increase its value at the same time.
  • What build systems are available?

    Most construction methods are represented in the package house market, but the most common options are timber frame, brick-and-block, structural insulated panels and green oak frame. Whichever route you choose, you can finish the structure with a range of claddings – so there’s no reason to rule out SIPs simply because you like the look of brickwork, for example.

    You’ll no doubt have noticed that three timber systems are mentioned above. That’s because they all involve a degree of prefabrication, which means repeatable elements are easy to manufacture – a big help when it comes to cost-effective delivery.

    SIPs is a similar system, but doesn’t rely on studwork for strength. Instead, a rigid core of high-quality insulation is injected between two sheets of oriented strandboard, creating a structural panel with no thermal breaks. That makes good levels of energy efficiency relatively easy to achieve.

     Methods of Construction

 

Sips
Extending  your house using Sips is a great method of gaining living space without the upheaval of a full build project.  As experienced construction professionals with lots of experience they can produce a very high quality finish at very affordable prices.

One or two storeys are no problems with sips and the speed of erection allow you to be water tight very quickly avoiding the reliable British weather!

The structural properties of the Sip panels negate the need for traditional roof trusses allowing habitable room in the roof living space and maximizing the potential of the property.

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Brick and block

Bricks and mortar are two simple ingredients that have stood the building industry in good stead for centuries as brick and block is a firm aspect of British architecture. It’s still the most popular way to construct a house.

 

‘Modern masonry construction’, as it is known, consists of a brick outer skin and a block (usually aircrete) inner skin, with the cavity between filled with insulation. The two walls are held together with ties, and everything sits on concrete foundations. Internal, load-bearing walls are also made of blocks; the build progresses up to first-floor level before timber floor joists are added and then work continues up to the roof.

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There are variations to this system – cut stone instead of bricks for the external walls, for example, or aircrete blocks used in conjunction with some form of cladding. It’s not apparent when looking at a house which build method has been used, since timber frames or Sips can also have an outer skin of brick, stone or render: the difference lies in the building materials providing the structural support.

Differences  of opinion between the timber frame and traditional masonry industries. If you believe one side, your timber frame home or Sips will be horribly noisy,  if you believe the other, your brick and block home will take an age to build (interrupted every time a drop of rain falls), and will not be nearly as eco-friendly as all-natural, zero-carbon timber.

The simple fact is that both systems have to meet the same incredibly stringent Building Regulations and, used in conjunction with other materials, both are more than able to meet requirements for fire safety, acoustics and thermal performance.

Recent kitchen extension
Recent kitchen extension
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Image 2 kitchen


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