Building extensions


House extension in Green End, RenholdIn the present climate of once again rising house prices, a building extension may well prove a financial and practical proposition. With this in mind many home owners find that after taking appropriate advice from a financial adviser, they can capitalise on the increased value of their property to fund an extension, which both extends its capacity as a family dwelling and could perform a valuable role as a financial investment, maybe as part of a retirement plan.

Once a home owner has decided this may be a viable prospect then a builder such as K.J. Hill in Bedford can help with feasibility studies and hand holding as project managers from concept through design to construction and decoration/ finishing.

We worked on a job recently where a 3 bedroom detached house with 1 bathroom was being extended to include 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. In effect this would double its footprint and turn it into a property that suited the current situation of the owners without the need to move.

House extension in Green End, RenholdThe outside of the house changed quite dramatically. The existing flat roof extension was re-worked into a pitched roof which not only looks more in keeping with the original house, but is far more durable. We managed to locally source a batch of reclaimed tiles which meant that the new roof section didn’t look new but blended beautifully with the original structure. The outside was completed by rendering the front and partially rendering the back. Even I was surprised at what a difference the rendering made to the look of the house!

House extension in Green End, RenholdInternally there was a lot of remodelling and consequent steelwork as we completely opened up the rear of the house and blended it with the new extension to create a lovely space where we fitted a beautiful kitchen diner. New bathrooms were also needed, which we were happy to fit, along with new windows and internal and external doors throughout. We completed the job with the necessary plastering and decorating to turn this extensively remodelled house into a beautiful home.

Whether you’re designing a new-build, planning a house extension or having a loft or garage conversion it’s essential that you take advice on what is possible. Give us a call today to discuss your requirements 01234 765050


A self-build timelineA self-build is a daunting task. There’s a lot of risk, a lot of work and a lot of different stages to go through before you can move into your dream home. To help you focus on your goal and to keep track of everything that you need to do we’ve put together a timeline of all the different stages that you need to complete in order to build your own home.
Arrange a mortgage in principle
The first stage is to find out how much money you will have available to you. Contact different self-build mortgage providers to find out how much money they will lend you in order to complete your build.
Plan budget
Once you know how much mortgage you are entitled to you can assess your other financial assets and set a figure for your budget. Make sure your budget  is realistic and achievable. The main reason for a self-build failing is a poorly planned budget.
Locate potential plots
Now you know what you can afford you can start finding plots. This stage could take a long time before you find your perfect location to build. There’s a huge variety of plots available, some come with planning permission already, some may have a derelict property that will need knocking down before you can start and some may just be plots of land with building potential. Either Plotfinder, PlotBrowser or Plot Search  are good places to start if you’re looking for land to develop.
Assess plots for development
There are a number of things that you need to consider. Assuming the land is in the right location for you, then how you access the plot, available services and likely planning restrictions all need to be considered before you start investing significant amounts of money.
Have the site valued by your mortgage provider so they agree that the price is fair and you will get the maximum mortgage for it.
Site survey
Carry out a thorough survey of the site before you purchase so you know about any factors that could cause delays or difficulties further down the line.

Purchase site
Once you have completed all of the above and both you and your mortgage lender are happy it is time to fully commit and purchase your site. Congratulations!
The average self-build takes around 2 years from start to finish, with only 6-9 months of this being on-site construction. It’s not for the faint hearted, but it can be incredibly rewarding. To find out what happens next, look out for the next article in our “Self-build Timeline” series of blogs.