House extension experts - are they worth their fees?
House extension experts come in many shapes and guises. The home improvement press and publications are
awash with them. Seems like you only need to have brought and sold a property after throwing some paint at it
to suddenly become a home improvement expert - I wish!
Any reference to home improvement expert in my book relates to the entire field of those
actually working at it at the sharp end from architects and designers to house extension builders at the other -
they will all be experts provided they have the relevant experience and knowledge.
For any homeowner first considering a house extension, bringing in a design expert early on is
usually vital for obtain good design advise. A house extension designer or architect with say 20 years
experience in the profession will have a wealth of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your property and
that doesn't just mean size.
How the house extension is laid out with regard to internal layout, positioning of fixtures and fittings,
locations of doorways, travel routes, glazing, window & door design, roof design, abutment details - the list
Some house extension designers and architects have added skills for perhaps including internal design advise or
hard and soft landscaping ideas and recommendations. Go and interview a few with a cup of coffee round at the
site. You would be amazed at how useful that one hours chat can be.
Another house extension expert could be the Planning Officer or Building Inspector. Remember that in
effect you will also be employing their services to approve your house extension scheme. You may not
have much choice in the matter and you may simply view it as a reluctant or tedious process you have to go through,
but they are a very valuable 'check and balance' service.
Perhaps you would like your approved house extension costed out and the materials quantified. This usually
completed by a quantity surveyor or a pricing expert. Again these can be very valuable house extension
Finally your house extension builder should also be an expert in their field. It is no good employing a
steel frame farm buildings contractor to erect your brick and flint two storey side extension for example.
Their expertise and experience must be relevant and applicable to the type pf house extension you are
The house extension experts need not stop their either. Some large house extension schemes require a
Health and Safety expert under the CDM Regulations. Perhaps you are completing works that may affect a party
wall or a neighbouring wall where you will need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor - these are all house