A Guide to Building an Extension on your Home


Many UK homeowners decide to extend their living space for one reason or another, and it is important to select a design that is in keeping with the existing property. It might seem like a major project to you, but for a builder, an extension is regarded as a small project, and one that can be completed in a matter of weeks, rather than months.

Designing the Extension

You might think you would need the services of an architect, yet a small builder is more than capable of designing and building local house extensions in Harrogate, so you won’t have to go the extra expense of hiring an architect. Once the plans are finished, the local council will approve them and the work can begin.

The Build

The actual construction would include the following:

  • The footings and floor
  • Building the walls up to roof level
  • Constructing the roof
  • Interior plastering and fixing the ceiling
  • Windows and doors
  • Interior fixtures and fittings

All that’s left to do is the electrical wiring and the plumbing, which are minor aspects.

This should not take longer than 3-4 weeks, perhaps more if it is a two storey extension, and there are no weather delays.


It pays to use the best quality materials, which might cost a little more, but the build will stand the test of time. Windows and doors would be double glazed for maximum insulation, and the design would be in keeping with the house, where possible.

Talk to your local builder about your project and he will be able to quote a fair price for the work.