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6 tips to keep house extension cost down


Phone:    0118 940 4274

Mobile:   07957 580355


Address: 8 Spring Walk, Wargrave, Reading,

                 Berkshire, RG10 8DX.

1- Pay Attention To Details

The most important factors that will always help to save money  in the process of your building projects are pay attention to details and do not cut corners.

The truth is that there are really no tricks as such to magically reduce the cost of your building project but there are 6 key factors that you can use to make

sure that your decisions are adding value without making any compromises on quality & workmanship.


2- Create a Road map For The Entire Project

The foundation of a building project is the architectural design stage.It is important that the plans have as much details as necessary to prevent any misunderstanding with your building contractors later so ask questions and make sure that your short list of architectural service providers are all offering the same level of service.


3- Detailed  Cost Breakdown Of The Contract

Building contract need to be as tight as possible.JCT is usually a good starting point.If things change during the build process,this gives a legal ground to keep control of inflating costs.The quotes obtained from your building contractors have to be identical and include details of every stage of the build and the cost associated.


4- Compare Suppliers

Every stage of your construction process should include 4-6 quotes from different suppliers.Remember,cheaper is not always better.It really boils down to finding people who offer value & trust.Sourcing your own contractors often saves money rather than letting one builder decide everything.You need to make sure that everyone involved has a clear understanding of their responsibilities & interactions.Send your material list to as many reliable suppliers as you can and don`t forget to haggle.

5- Move Out

Contractors generally tend to charge more on projects where they have to organize the flow of the work around clients living in the property for the duration of the project.It is important however that you consider all the costs associated with moving out including any rental charges or additional costs of travelling etc.Pricing everything accurately is your best option to avoid unnecessary costs.

5- Consider a Project Manager

This may appear to be contrary to the cost saving concept but in reality,employing a project manager can save money in the long run.The usual 10% usual charge for a project manager often provides access to a pool of information on materials and contractors which can provide a cost saving opportunity.Finding experts you can trust is highly recommended.

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“Mark did exactly as he promised for my garage conversion and extension. He produced working drawings, secured planning permission and handled building regulations requirements. He worked without delays and patiently attended to the various changes and modifications I requested along the way. I was very happy with his service throughout”

Tony M,Wargrave

“Mark provided a comprehensive and efficient service. He produced plans for our double storey extension and liaised with the Planning dept and Building Control at every stage of the process. Mark also secured our “build over agreement” with Thames Water and helped us to get a “Phase 1 contaminated land study completed at the request of the Local Authority. Mark communicated with us well and made sure we received regular updates. We would definitely use Mark again for any future projects and would highly recommend Floor Plans Express”

Adam, Burnham, Buckinghamshire