At Dream Projects, we aim to live up to our name 100% of the time. It’s our building contractors’ goal to turn dreams into realities, by working closely alongside our clients and accounting for even the tiniest of details. We can use 3D modelling software to visualise property extensions, so you can see exactly what you’re going to end up with, and can make any changes before we start work.
If you’re unsure what you’re looking for, then don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to provide advice to all clients around the Halifax and York areas, to help you decide on all the different characteristics of an extension, from the size and layout to what windows and doors to include.
The main types of extension are: single-storey, multi-storey and over-garage. We can build property extensions at the front, side or rear of a property, though the latter two are a lot more popular than the former as they are typically where homeowners find the required space.
A single-storey rear or side extension is a great way to help integrate your garden with your property, bringing light and air inside via bi-folding or sliding doors. Use it for any purpose you see fit, perhaps as an extra bedroom. Building contractors can also knock-through an existing wall and integrate a kitchen, for example, with the new extension. Open plan living is very popular these days, and we’re always being called in for these kinds of projects around Halifax and York.
A multi-storey extension can be harder to secure permission for, but allows you to add twice as much space – perhaps in the form of a bathroom or bedroom upstairs, and a kitchen or game’s room down below. Over-garage property extensions are niche in the fact they require you to have a garage with the right amount of space and structural integrity to support a new room over it. However, it’s a great option should you be short of space at the rear/side of your property, or if you’ve already built an extension in these areas.
There are many different skills required to build property extensions. That’s why it’s essential you find the right building contractors who can handle everything in-house, to a high standard of workmanship.
Planning & Design – The initial phase will see us draw up architectural plans to your precise specifications. This will be the blueprint for all that follows. We can also employ 3D modelling for in-depth visualisation.
Foundations & Structural Work – First of all laying solid foundations, then building all the walls and structural support that will ensure property extensions are sound and durable.
Roofing – We can build both pitched and flat roofs for property extensions. The former is typically more expensive, but many find that the aesthetic they offer is worth the extra money.
Electrics & Plumbing – Then it’s the infrastructure that will ensure your extension is able to fulfil its intended purpose. If it’s a kitchen or bathroom, hooking it up to your wider plumbing system is obviously crucial. As is ensuring you have enough power outlets in the right places, sufficient (and energy efficient) lighting and reliable, modern wiring.
Plastering, Joinery & Decoration – The finishing touches. All undertaken with a meticulous eye for detail, so that the finished product looks perfect.
Permitted development rights mean that many property extensions do not need local authority approval. However, there are strict requirements that govern permitted development. Your extension must:
• Be no more than 8m to the rear if it’s single-storey, or 3m if it’s two-storey
• Be made of a similar material to the existing property
• Not be more than 4m tall
• Not extend higher than the existing property
• Not extend past the building line
These are the main guidelines, more specific points can be found on the government’s Planning Portal website. Keep in mind that if you live in one of Halifax or York’s designated areas, or in a listed building, you will need to speak with your local planning authority. If you wish for assistance in this area, our building contractors would love to help.
Remember, there are many ways to add value to your property, not just extensions. Considering our property refurbishment and conversion options should you want to improve existing space.