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Essex House Extensions.

A house extension is one of the most popular methods of adding space to a home. The demand for house extensions in Essex shows no sign of slowing, and as one of the best residential architects in Essex and the surrounding area, our team has helped hundreds of clients transform a living space they have fallen out of love with into a beautiful warm and welcoming living area they can be proud of.

Depending on budget and requirements house extensions can just be a simple ground floor addition to the back of the property or much grander, incorporating a double-storey wrap-around extension that totally transforms and updates the original building. Read on to learn more about what our house extension architects do.

Why consider a house extension?

Our experience shows that our clients consider enlarging their property for a variety of reasons. Modern house extensions in Essex are actually very popular. Often it is a case that a growing family, or the need to look after aging relatives, finds them compromised on space. Some find they need to add an office or workspace to allow them to comfortably work from home; others may have purchased a new home with the view to increase the living space before they even move in. Generally, location is a key determiner in the decision not to move. More often than not, clients seek our Essex home extension services like the location of the property. They are familiar with the area, have easy access to key amenities, their place of work or good schools and usually have supportive networks in place that would be hard to replace. They do not wish to go through the chore of selling their existing property and endure the stress that finding and moving to a different one often entails.

Cost can also be a major factor when deciding whether to move or improve the existing living space. The design team at M P Architects LLP always aim to add value through good design and planning. Often our clients find that not only have they enhanced their living space but have added value to their property investment too. Although extending your property will certainly incur significant costs, it could represent better value for money than leaving an existing property and securing a new one.

Whatever your reasons for extending your home, Our experienced team of Essex based architects and technicians love the challenge of revitalising a tired living space and working with you to give you a bespoke home that fully meets your needs and requirements and allows you to remain in an area that you love in a home that often you are emotionally attached too.

Essex home extensions can be subtle and in keeping with the original look of the home or represent a dramatic facelift and update. The popular T.V property programmes demonstrate just what an amazing transformation can be achieved by having an extension. We have designed extensions for many styles of property, including barns and listed buildings. Take a moment to browse our site and look at what our house extension architects do and our project portfolio to see what you could achieve.

Why use a M P Architects house extension services?

The knowledge that our RIBA architectural design firm can bring to your project will give you peace of mind. Our experienced team of Essex extension architects, have designed many house extensions in Essex and our expertise in this field means that we can very quickly see any possible potential for enhancing your property. You will benefit from experienced advice in terms of different design options that will make creative use of the available space and through innovative design, provide better integral planning whilst keeping in touch with your budget and design preferences.

We will be on hand to deal with the, sometimes complex, local planning requirements and mandatory building regulations. If you wish, we will also look at all your house and develop a master plan for developing and improving your property now and in the future. And if you feel overwhelmed by the process, we can provide a full project management service where we will oversee and your whole project from start to end.

Our investment in up to the minute design software makes committing to a new build project less daunting. By taking advantage of the latest technology you can make informed decisions right from the start. As standard practice we include 3D sketches of your house extension design with your plans to help you visualise the project. fine tune the design and give you the reassurance you need to proceed with confidence.

What can I expect M P Architects LLP to do for me?

A house extension project is exciting as it is something you desire, but it can be a daunting undertaking, especially if it is the first time you have considered such a project. We can give you as little or as much support as you wish. Our service to you can be broken down into 3 step.

1st step: after contacting us will be to chat with one of our architects and generally, this consultation is usually free. and this is your opportunity to explore further the ideas you may have for your home with a RIBA qualified architect and during this time we expect to answer lots of questions. It is really important to us that we understand your plans. Some of our clients already have a firm vision of what they wish to achieve, but don’t worry if you are not clear in how you can change the space you have so that you get what you desire. We know that this part of the process can take some time and enjoy offering inspiration and helping define a plan that will reflect your personality and fit well with the property and its location. Ideally, we like to meet with you at the property you wish to extend so that we can get a feel for what will work for the building and its location.

After our meeting with you, we will then go away, consolidate your ideas and write back to you with our more detailed thoughts on your project; whether it is likely to achieve planning consent or can be carried out without planning consent, quote for our fees and give guidance on probable costs that your project could incur in its construction.

2nd step: Permitted Development/Planning application drawings. If you are happy with our quote, you can then instruct us to begin the design process. This will involve our design team visiting your property again to carry out an accurate measured survey of your building and the surrounding sites. We will then prepare a design for your extension based on your brief and our quote and that will meet with your budget.

3rd step: Construction/Building Control drawings. After securing planning approval or Lawful Certificate for Permitted Development for your property. We can prepare construction drawings and submit a building control application on your behalf. Builders will be able to use our construction drawings to price your project accurately.

We can also manage the project on-site for you. This is described on our Project Management page.

Below is a list of the process of a typical Essex house extensions project from instruction to completion:

  1. Acceptance of our quote for architectural services
  2. A measured survey by members of our architectural team
  3. Draw existing plans and elevations
  4. Draw & agree proposed drawings
  5. Appoint a tree consultant for a tree survey and ecology survey prior to planning may be required
  6. It is advisable to get a cost plan from a quantity surveyor at this point particularly if the scope of works is extensive
  7.  Application to planning for Planning approval (8 weeks to process) or Certificate of Lawfulness (6 weeks) – fee paid to planning portal directly by client to initiate application)
  8. If planning approval is received, we then advise if there are any planning conditions to be dealt with, which may be additional detailed drawings or extra reports by outside consultants like tree protection plans
  9. Instruction by client to proceed with construction drawings
  10. Construction drawings – large scale plans and sections fully notated with construction notation / instructions to builders on how to build the extensions for approval by Building Control
  11. structural engineer appointed to quote for structural drawings and calculations starts after they have received our preliminary construction drawings to size up trusses, rafters, joists, steels and foundations. (This could require trial holes to investigate existing foundations and soil testing by another company)
  12. Build over agreement with water authority if an extension is built over a shared foul drain (sewers often run across the back of a row of houses)
  13. Party wall surveyor appointed to arrange an agreement with neighbours if foundations are dug within 3 metres of a neighbour’s house
  14. Application to Building Control – either local authority building control or an approved inspector – to approve with construction drawings / structural drawings and calculations and then they will do on-site inspections throughout the build
  15. Building control fee is to be paid to building control directly by client.
  16. Building control come back with appraisal points to be dealt with and we then would send revised drawings to achieve Building Control plan approval
  17. If we are not involved on ongoing with tendering and site project management then the clients can send our drawings to 3 or 4 recommended builders for pricing of the works
  18. As a general rule a rear extension would take a minimum of 12 – 14 weeks to construct and a loft conversion could take a minimum of 8 weeks but much depends on the complexity of the scheme and the amount of internal alterations of the existing house
  19. If you require we can quote for electrical plans, writing a specification, tendering to 3 or 4 builders, to analyse the tenders, arrange a pre contract meeting and write up the building contract and to manage project on site with site visits, monthly payment certificates and practical completion certificate followed by a visit to check on any defects after a 6 months defects liability period.

Demystifying architectural vocabulary:

We realise not everyone is familiar with some of the jargon used in the architectural process of building and construction. Here are some common terms used throughout the planning process;

Our Essex extension Architects offer a personal, supportive, and comprehensive service. Initial consultations are generally free, and we would be happy to discuss your project with you straight away.

So if you are looking for quality modern house extensions in Essex, Ongar, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping, Theydon, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Woodford, and the surrounding areas contact us today!

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