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How is an extension constructed?

As a homeowner, you may be interested in knowing how an extension is constructed. This article will outline the basic steps of constructing an extension and provide some tips on what to look for when hiring our builders to build your extension. By understanding the construction process, you can make more informed decisions about your project and ensure that it is executed flawlessly. So, let's get started!

Extension Construction

The Construction Process

1. The first step in constructing an extension is to lay the foundation 

When it comes to home extensions, the first step is always to lay the foundation. This is an important step in the process, as it will provide the support that the extension needs.

Our builder will need to excavate the area where the extension will be built, and then they will pour concrete into this space. Once the concrete has been set, they will start to build the walls of the extension.

Our builders make sure that the foundation is strong and level, as this will impact the stability of the whole structure. Once our builders have finished constructing the foundation, they can then move on to the next stage of the project.

2. Once the foundation is in place, the walls are built 

After the builder has dug the foundations and poured concrete into them, they will build the walls of the home extension or loft conversion. The exact method will depend on the materials being used. For brick walls, the builder will lay bricks in mortar, while for timber frame walls, they will nail panels of wood together. Once the walls are built, they will be plumbed and wired for electricity.

3. The roof and windows are installed last 

The roof and windows are the final elements to be installed in a builder's standard home extension or loft conversion. By this stage, the builder will have completed the frame and most of the internal partitions. 

The order in which the builder carries out the final few tasks will depend on various factors, such as the type of extension and the weather conditions. In most cases, however, the builder will install the roof first, followed by the windows. This order ensures that the builder can complete most of the work while standing on solid ground rather than on a slippery ladder. It also minimises the risk of damaging any newly installed windows with falling debris.

4. The finishing touches

Once our builder has completed all the structural work on your home extension or loft conversion, they will then start to focus on the finishing touches. This will involve plastering the walls and ceilings and sanding down any rough edges. The builder will also install skirting boards and door frames before giving the whole area a final coat of paint. Once this is done, your home extension or loft conversion will be ready to use.

how is an extension constructed

Hire Professional Builders 

It's important to hire a professional contractor who has experience with extensions for your safety and peace of mind

Any time you're considering making changes to your home, it's important to hire a professional with experience with the type of work you want. This is especially true when it comes to extensions, as there are potential safety hazards involved in any construction work. Furthermore, a builder who isn't familiar with the regulations surrounding home extensions could run into problems with the planning department, resulting in delays or even having the work stopped entirely. 

At Substructure Developments Ltd, we ensure all building regulations are met and approved by the Building Control Services, where certification is produced after final inspection and forwarded directly to you from the BCS. You can rest assured by taking a look at our reviews

Contact us 

For bespoke extension services throughout Maidenhead, Windsor and Ascot, look no further than Substructure Developments Ltd. Getting in touch is simple, and you can call us on numbers 01753 585 31907834 617 743 or 01507 838017 (Lincolnshire office number).

You can also get in touch by sending us an email, or you can use the contact form to send us a message.