Typical cost of side/rear extension?

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Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby onerachel » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:39 pm

Hello. We are hoping to start building works on our house (typical Victorian terrace) soon. We are doing a side/rear extension, including adding a WC and small utility room, knocking through the first floor loo/bathroom to make one family bathroom and the house also needs re-wiring, all new floors and re-plastering/decorating. The building tender process has been quite painful and I also think our architect may have over designed things leading to high costs. Would anyone mind sharing their building costs for similar works please? I would be very grateful for an idea on what is standard in the area for this type of project. Many thanks.
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby Sarahsea » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:28 pm

I've sent you a PM.
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby Decimus Design » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:03 pm

Hi Onerachel,

In my experience it's rather difficult to define a "typical project", the cost of a residential development will be mainly determined by :

- Square meterage (new + refurbished)

- Design (you are correct.. some designers will over design/over specify.. this is often done to impress/deliver a good product for clients, but sometimes {sadly} it's done to increase fees.. )

- Finishes - perhaps have a look at what has been specified as floor finishes, sanitaryware, switches and sockets, light fittings etc etc. Spend a bit more time on research and get the "look" for less (your designer should be doing this).

- Builders - some builders are genuinely more expensive than others, when going out to tender on my projects I sometimes get a difference of up to 15-20% between builders. Sometimes builders are expensive because they are good (i.e. better finishes, management etc etc) but sometimes they are just expensive because of their reputation and because they know they can be. (expensive)

If you are concerned about the project being overvalued and paying over odds I would consider :

- Getting your current design and tender prices reviewed by a separate (independent) designer/architect or a quantity surveyor.

- Or go out to tender again to different builders (let me know if you need builder recommendations)

I hope this helps and good luck with your project. :)

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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby onerachel » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:12 pm

Hello E. This is really helpful - thank you. I would be very grateful for any builder recommendations you have.
Many thanks, Rachel
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby Decimus Design » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:26 am

Hi Rachel,

You are welcome.

Try RM lines builders (http://www.rmlines.com/) speak to Tom. Or Totus construction (http://totus.construction/) speak to Andrew or Vinny.

If you get stuck, I'd happy to review your tender drawings/specification of works. I might be able to find savings and cost improvements. My email is erat@decimusdesign.co.uk

Regards

Erat
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby SWpoet » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:19 pm

I saw RM Lines being recommended, and I'd like to echo that - they just did a kitchen refurb and small extension for us and we thought they were very good.
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby actuallyadad » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:04 am

Look the basic summary is it costs loads. Always way more than you think. Who knew you can spend 300 quid on a tap?

Builders are always annoying an unprofessional. The whole thing is a massive stress and I would not bother doing it again.

Lots of quotes will start low, and then get bumped up for ridiculous reasons "oh - you want skirting boards? that's not in the original quote..."

The answer is it depends a lot on the structural side - if you want to pillars that's more steel so more money. Party wall awards (annoying neighbours) that's another 2 or 3 grand. Even paint is amazingly expensive.

Mine was about 100 grand, plus 5 grand for bifolds. Then the actual kitchen ft out itself is about 35 grand or so. And the flooring and underfloor heating is another few thousand. Overall it cost LOADS!
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby sills21 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:22 am

We are about to embark on a similar project in Clapham South, and I just wanted to say that the advice on this post is really helpful!

Thank you.
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby szerma » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:00 pm

Having gone through a similar project ourselves and having had experiences of builders good and bad, I would haphazard a guess that you are looking at £70-£80k plus for building work alone (as in not including the kitchen, taps, bathroom furnishings etc).

Beware of builders who are too cheap! They could just be trying to build out their portfolio / are new to the area / are a one man band hence the lower price, but always always go for people that someone you know or trust have had good experiences with. The cost can vary even for good builders though - if you go for a reputable company who will hire a PM and has big company overhead that will be a fair bit more expensive than if the builder himself is the company and the PM.

I haven’t used them myself but loads of my friends have had very good experiences with PVA builders, but they don’t take on small jobs (yours would be the right size for them though).

If you want any advice on what not to do with builders, feel free to PM :-)

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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby robinm » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:22 pm

We’ve literally just moved back in after ours. We’re very happy with it and it does change the dynamic of the house!

Ours (mid sized Balham terraced house) came in at about £100k - that’s all in.

Be mindful of costs like moving of boiler, moving of gas metres, skip licences, the garden getting trashed etc. Try to think of everything you want them to quote for as anything else will come under an exaggerated day rate - we forgot to ask for splash back tiling as an example.

Happy to recommend the builder we used in PM.

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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby LWade » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:30 pm

Hi, I do this for a living and have completed about 15 similar projects. I would say about £65k as a guide price based on my Victorian terrace houses all in the Wandsworth and Tooting area. Why don’t you call the guys who work on all my projects, Clive is the main contact on 07966 476862. They can take a quick look at the plans and it shouldn’t be as painful as you’ve been experiencing so far! Message me if I can help you any further.
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby ppasha27 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:15 am

I really recommend Nicholson Renovations. We had ours done by them in 2012 - Philip is great and provides you with a spreadsheet of costs - we stayed within the budget and they finished on time. All of their work has stood up and it cost less than we've heard others spend - It was an amazing experience, to be honest. PM me if you need more info, but here's the website: http://www.nicholsonrenovations.com/

Trish
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby linda73 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:20 am

Hi Rachel,

When we did our rear extension and loft conversion last year, we used APT Renovation (www.aptrenovation.co.uk) I would really recommend them!

But I would guess that your work would cost about £100k? But that's just a guesstimate compared to what mine cost.
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby Ensoul.co.uk » Tue May 08, 2018 11:34 am

Hi Rachel, happy to have a chat if this is still relevant; i can give you some estimates over the phone based on the anonymised tenders we have run previously, all the best, Mike Lander, Director, Ensoul 020 3637 0700
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Re: Typical cost of side/rear extension?

Postby Emma Green Design » Wed May 09, 2018 3:03 pm

Hello Rachel,

I'm a local interior designer and have worked on a number of side return projects with clients, whereby I organise builders, architects and manage the whole process including the interior design aspect. If still need help and you would like to contact me to discuss how I can help, my contact details are below and images of a previous side extension can be found on my website (and others I can show you personally).

Kind regards,

Emma
020 7738 0637
http://www.emmagreendesign.com/portfolio/
emma@emmagreendesign.com