Will there be any further costs after your quotation for my build?
Sometimes during building work, pre-existing problems such as defective
drainage, dry rot etc., are unearthed. These can not be forseen
and are sometimes expensive to remedy. Without knowing what problems
there are, we are unable to include them into our quote for your
extension. We would however, inform you at the earliest opportunity
of any initially unforseen costs which arise during the building
work. It is prudent for you to set aside a contingency to cover
these potential costs within your overall budget.
How do I know my extension will be structurally sound?
We will employ and include in our quote the cost of a fully qualified
Chartered Structural Engineer for your project with whom we liase
during the design process to meet building regulations. Your building
work will also be overseen by the District Surveyor.
The Structural Engineer has their own personal indemnity insurance.
What Local Authority “rubber stamps” do I need?
Although your sidespace extension will not necessarily
need planning consent we can apply for and receive Planning Permission
for your peace of mind. There is also a speedier form of consent
called Certificate of Lawfulness which can replace planning permission
provided the extension falls within permittted development. We will
guide you and cover the cost of this process which can take up to
Throughout the project a building control officer will make regular
visits to ensure that the work to your property is up to regulation
standards. The cost of Building control will also be included in
our quote. A Building Completion Certificate will be issued to you
on completion of the work.
If I am extending by myself will I need a party wall surveyor?
Most kitchen extensions will require building foundations, sometimes
in close proximity to your neighbour’s property. In such cases
you will be required to secure a Party Wall Award with your neighbour
which is administered by a Party Wall Surveyor. If your neighbouring
house is divided into flats, you may need to get a separate Party
Wall Award with each flat.
The Party Wall Act 1997
is designed to protect your neighbour and yourself from the possible
negative consequences of building work. The Party Wall Surveyor
makes a detailed record of your neighbour’s property before
work takes place and agrees with them the terms of compensation
if damage occurs to their property as a result of your work.
For reasons of impartiality, sidespace
Ltd. cannot coordinate the Party Wall Surveyor. However
we can recommend experienced Party Wall Surveyors who will administer
your Party Wall Awards.
If I am extending jointly with my neighbour, what is the
Party Wall process?
You will share a new party wall on the existing boundry between
your two houses. This will support the new roofs and give good height,
usually up to 4 meters. You may or may not decide to have a Party
Wall agreement with your neighbour.The wall will be built to meet
insulation and sound requirements.
Can I re-use my existing kitchen cabinets/worktops?
You may be able to if, for instance, they are free-standing and
sturdily built. However, if they are of an insubstantial construction,
which is the case with many “flat pack” kitchens, they
probably will not go back into the new kitchen having once been
removed. Reinstallation may make drawer and door closing less than
satisfactory. It may be more cost effective to simply buy new units
How long will it really take?
Each project is unique and so the time frames may vary. If design
decisions are rapidly agreed and the works fall within permitted
development then your project, from the first meeting with sidespace,
to moving in to your kitchen, may be eight months. However all building
work presents challenges and some projects take longer.
Why might I not be able to
have underfloor heating?
The age, condition and capacity of your boiler is of primary importance.
We can bring in a specialist to advise on suitability. Underfloor
heating can only be used with certain floor coverings. We can advise
and show you samples of these.