House extension prices : square metre costs.
Planning a successful house extension
involves having to go through the inevitable financial aspect. If the answer to the question “Can I afford a house extension?” is still somewhat doubtful, then you are in the perfect place. Read on and by the time you are done you will already have a rough estimate of how much it is going to cost you to make your plans come true.
Turning a house into a home is not easy and a house extension is not the easiest thing in the world, but there are ways to do it without it having to cost you an arm and a leg. The first thing you should know is the average house extension price in the UK, which is roughly around 1000 quid per square metre. May sound like a whole lot, but don't say farewell to your plans just yet. If this amount sounds a bit off budget, there are still ways to save up some money and get it done.
What's the average price of a house extension?
While the rough average is around 1000 pounds per square metre
, prices will vary. If you are fortunate enough to have a London Mayfair or Belgravia post code, do expect some rather overpriced quotes. If you live in rural Lincolnshire, offers are not likely to be as overpriced. As always, everything London and everything central will be a whole lot more expensive.
How much is it going to cost me?
Now in your particular case things may vary. Before postponing or kissing your plans goodbye, you may want to get some quotes from as many companies as you can. It's in your best interest to research the offers thoroughly until you find the best one. Offers may vary by as much as 10 to 15 thousand pounds, as some companies will try to rip you off and some will do a fair job for a fair price. The bigger the estimated cost and plans, the more offers will vary.
A house extension is not something you do particularly often. Once in a lifetime sounds more like it, so you unfortunately this is not going to be the cheapest thing in the world. The average job, which includes all costs, hardware, fees, labour and VAT are usually around £ 25 000 for a two storey extension. Again, that amount may not be relevant to your house extension plans, but it should give you a rough idea of how much it is going to wind up costing you.
More on prices!
Depending on your house, you will be presented with a number of possibilities. A house extension can be done with wooden flooring or laminate flooring or a whole bunch of other options. Some owners prefer to take advantage of the opportunity and do other improvements in parallel.
If you plan to go for a brand new wood flooring, you might want to upgrade your budget with at least 1.5 thousand pounds. The average flooring will cost you about 20 quid per square metre, but with labour and everything included, 1500 pounds is close to reality.
Different types of extensions.
You should also know that there are roughly three main types of house extensions: side, rear and “new floor”. A side or rear extension is not that pricy when you compare it to a new floor extension, but it is still likely to set you back more than 15000 pounds or about 600-700 pounds per square metre. A new floor is usually around almost twice as much, as it involves a lot more work, labour and materials. And if you plan on making some other improvements as well, an average extension will go to as much as 35 000 pounds. It’s not cheap, but you don’t exactly do this every week, do you?
Prices a bit too steep?
Don't worry. There is still hope yet. A house extension involves a great number of things, from plumbing, painting, wiring, cleaning, moving, digging, footings, etc. If budget is that much of a problem, you may consider doing some of the stuff yourself. In the end most of it is just labour that requires little to no expertise at all. Professionals will do their best to take as much money off you as they can, but doing most of the work yourself will surely ease the financial aspects. Bit of a hassle, but will be well worth the trouble. It's better to do a little exercise then be a couple thousands short isn't it?
How should I go at this?
Start by making plans. If you don't already have a clear picture of what you need, then spend some time researching and figure out what you want to do with your house. After all that is sorted, it's time to reach out to the various businesses that can offer you a house extension service. Then it's time to figure out which is the best offer for you. The next step is the actual work, so you might as well start preparing for it. Depending on your situation, logistics will need to be taken care of. Like moving stuff out of the way, finding storage space if needed, sorting out finances and a bunch of other stuff. The people who will be doing your house extension will let you know about what needs to be done.