Early stages of thinking about an extension. When should I start looking for a builder? Right at the beginning, or after I have plans and permission etc..
To get a more exact quote it is better to get builder in once you have planning and permissoion in place.
Post your job & get responses from local tradespeople. Read reviews before you decide to hire.
You can contact a builder from beginning is better for you for his knowledge and he can help you to take the write decisions, plans, permission, etc.
right at the beginning. If the builder gets to know the customer and visa versa
and builds up a rapport. Alternatively, when you have plans and put the job to tender.
In my opinion is better to contact the builder after you have the planing permission, this way he will know exactly what he needs to do there, and is easier to give a quotation.
He will know how to plan his time, in many cases the planing permission takes up to 5-6 weeks, maybe more!
Right at the beginning. An experienced builder would be able to see things like drainage, building over or party wall problems that may not be apparent. Would also be able to give a budget price based on your ideas and vision of the extension.
I would get plans and permission first, if required
its a good idea to get your builder involved from the start and build a good working relationship with them.
hope this helps.
once you have had the plans drawn up..... why.... as no builder will quote without detailed plans, alternatively some builders do the full package
good idea to contact builders asap if they want to help then they are worth looking at some like my self can provide a start to finish service ie plans and permissions for me it depends on your location.
Stage 1 speak to planning in your area they will let you know if planning is needed. Single story 6 x 5 metres may not need planning.
If planning needed then get drawings in asap planning could take 6-12 weeks. Once you know your extension is successful then look for good builder. You might find a company who will draw plans and then do everything else. (We do everything) Hope this useful.
we think after plan would be better
Once your drawings are completed, you can contact us. We can also provide you with all necessary drawings you required for council and building control. We provide a turn key solutions from design to completion.
Plans and permission would be best
It would be better for a builder to know if it's on full planning or under a building notice
you can contact builder after you have a drawings, so a builder can give you a quotation and recommendations if threes a mistakes on the plans
if you know of a good builder you should speak to him/her first.
they will be a lot of help for you in choosing how approach the project.
they would probably reccomend a architect for your plans /building notice and submission
Probably best to wait till you have plans at least/ structural engineer report as builder will need this to provide a more accurate quote
For this type of job you'd be best thinking about what type of extension you want .get some ideas from a few builders when your sure you are having the extension .be careful who you use .once the jobs done get it checked by severe .
Contact the builder for ideas before you get planning.
It really depends on what type of service and support you want from your builder. At The Extension Company Wales we offer a complete "Concept to Completion" service so the time to contact us is right at the very beginning. We will then take you through all the stages of your project from plans to planning consent, building control, the build process and finally completion. Other companies may not offer this service so the time to contact them would be once you have planning consent. This demonstrates that you are a serious customer and that it is worth them investing time in you and your project. If you are concerned about how much your project will cost prior to planning then a decent qualified architect should be able to give you a ball park figure during your initial conversations. I hope this helps and good luck with your project
Some companies do offer that service so they'll get the drawings and put in for planning permission if it's required for you but the majority of the time you'd do this yourself then once you've got them in place your builder can use the drawings / plans you've provided to price the job.
Better start a conversation with the builder. He will tell you in which direction you need to move.
You should start to contact builders as soon as you have your drawings and planning permission has been submitted, the builder will need your drawings to price your job