House and home extensions in London - are they still possible?
Building a house extension in London is possibly the most expensive form of house
extension there can be in the UK.
The whole living environment in London seems to conspire against the Building Designer and the Builder alike
from compact and compressed built environments to anti-social parking constraints. From constant negative neighbour
complaints to the continuous need for party wall act compliance. From no on site storage provision to no rear
access for the rear extension. The list of constraints is simply endless for most parts of London and other city
centres yet the home owners desire to add extra living space in these London type locations seems insatiable.
I personally steer well clear of London house extension design. It takes a certain type of building
design agent to successfully overcome all the obstacles (physical & mental). I take my hat off to all
London architects offering design services for home extensions in London. How they ever locate a builder
willing to take on these added problems at a fair price is beyond my thinking.
For these reasons, most home extensions in London are possibly twice the price of building an extension within
the Shires'. Many London home extensions do not have the side or rear garden space for the normal type of new
volume type extension which is why loft conversions in London are perhaps more common than in the shires or home
Other London house extensions are for basements at possibly 5 times the price of building a
traditional new volume side or rear extension. This again is another growing trend for adding extra living
space within London and possibly demonstrates how desperate these people are. There have been many failures
too - I would not touch this form of retrofitting a new basement under an existing property for all the tea in
China - they must be mad!
The money and income needed to extend a home in London must be massif to accommodate these levels of London
house extension costs. So is extending a home in London a sustainable and viable proposition? The
answer is probably yes while certain sectors of the business world pay people obscene sums in salary or
bonuses for intangible products or services.