Planning A House Extension Or Loft Conversion For This Summer?

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Planning A Home Extension Or Loft Conversion this Summer? Why You Should Start The Process Now

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Many people want a home extension or loft conversion completed before the summer but do not fully understand the process or length of time that may be required. This article will help you to plan your new project in plenty of time. Jeffery and Wilkes are London’s leading Building Contractors.

Summer is the time when we stop hibernating and start socialising. Our diaries fill up and we have events planned with our friends and family. We also tend to host gatherings at our houses and have guests over so it is important our home looks at its best.

You may have heard the average home extension or loft conversion takes approximately 10-12 weeks to build, but many are unaware of the pre-build factors that could considerably increase the length of the project.

Architect and Drawings

Firstly you will need to appoint an architect. The architect will visit the property, come up wth a plan and then submit drawings for you to amend. The time architects take to do this can vary but most commit to you receiving the drawings within 2 weeks, other can take even longer. Then you will likely want to make amends. To be safe we would suggest you allow four weeks for the architectural survey and drawings.

Jeffery and Wilkes guarantee that they will produce the first draft of drawings within 7 days or you get your money back

Planning Permission

If your project needs planning permission, it can take 8 weeks for a decision

There is also a further 6-8 weeks for full structural plans approval (in some cases this can be run simultaneously with planning)

See our article on our blog section ‘Do I Need Planning Permission for a Loft Conversion?’

Appointing a builder

Good builders get booked up quickly so its important to book your home extension or loft conversion as early as possible if you want to ensure you have your build completed by the summer

Where planning permission is not required, time is saved.

Our strong suggestion if you do want your home extension or loft completed for this summer is to get your appointment booked as early as February and start the process to avoid any unnecessary disappointment or stress.

Jeffery and Wilkes have a great reputation for being one of London’s leading design and build firms

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