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  • HOME PAGE - Home Extension Guide UK - How to build a home extension from start to finish. How to select a home extension architect or designer to how get the best home extension building costs. Advice and guides for the homeowner wishing to extend their home. How to obtain planning permission using great home extension layouts and ideas. Control your home extension build costs or estimates. Building regulations advice and guidance on permitted development rules. Home extension plans from granny flat to extending a victorian semi or terrace home. Various materials and construction methods for home extensions.
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  • Energy Efficiency tips for constructing a home extension
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  • Domestic emissions arise from the use of energy for space and water heating, cooking, and the use of lighting and electrical appliances.
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  • For the homeowner, specifying an energy efficient extension is a cost effective approach, because the additional cost (over what would have to be spent to meet the minimum requirements of the building regulations) is quickly recovered in reduced fuel costs.
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  • Opportunities for achieving a high standard of energy efficiency occur mostly at stage 3, when the detailed specifications for materials and products are prepared. However, there are also opportunities at stage 1, because the overall form of an extension influences its energy efficiency.
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  • Homes and home extensions take many forms. They contribute to the rich architectural variety we find in our villages and towns. However, when planning an extension it is important to bear in mind that some forms are inherently more energy efficient than others.
    extension-shapes.php
  • Another important factor is the amount and orientation of glazed openings (windows, roof windows and glazed doors). Windows fulfil several functions: they provide views out, let daylight in and assist with ventilation.
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  • An unheated, southerly-oriented, highly-glazed conservatory will provide comfortable accommodation during spring and autumn, and on a few sunny days in winter.
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  • The building regulations in the UK impose ‘minimum’ insulation standards for domestic extensions. However, the recommended Best Practice insulation standards (maximum U-values) set out in Table 1 provide for a better overall standard of insulation, thus reducing fuel use, fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
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  • New ground floors should be insulated to the Best Practice standards.
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  • Exposed walls should be insulated to the Best Practice standards.
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  • Roofs should be insulated to the Best Practice standards.
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  • The building regulations in the UK require that extensions must be constructed so that there are no ‘thermal bridges’, or gaps in the insulation layers within the various elements of the building fabric (i.e. walls, roofs and floors), at the joints between elements or around openings such as windows and doors.
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  • There are many combinations of frame type and glazing type that will meet the Best Practice standard shown in Table 1 (i.e. maximum U-value 1.8W/m2K). Glazing types include double- and triple-glazing with different spacing, low emissivity coatings, and argon filling between the panes.
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  • In the UK, domestic buildings have traditionally relied on air infiltration through the building fabric to provide background ventilation. This is supplemented by extract ventilation fans or by opening windows when additional ventilation is required.
    ventilation.php
  • For houses equipped with gas- or oil-fired central heating, one of the key issues associated with an extension is whether the existing boiler has adequate capacity to heat the enlarged house. In many cases, the additional heat loss associated with the extension makes it necessary to install a new boiler with appropriate additional capacity, at significant cost.
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  • Where the house that is being extended does not already have central heating, it is a good idea to consider the installation of a central heating system, with a condensing boiler, as part of the extension project.
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  • In most homes, lighting accounts for between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of the electricity bill, and contributes significantly to carbon dioxide emissions. The building regulations in England and Wales require that new accommodation (including extensions) includes some light fittings that will only accept energy efficient lamps.
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  • The Energy Saving Trust (EST) manages a labelling scheme for products of proven energy efficiency.The scheme currently covers appliances (washing machines, fridges, etc.
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  • Questions and answers on energy efficent home extensions.
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  • HOME EXTENSION DESIGN STAGES - Home Extension Guide UK - How to build a home extension from start to finish. How to select a home extension architect or designer to how get the best home extension building costs. Advice and guides for the homeowner wishing to extend their home. How to obtain planning permission using great home extension layouts and ideas. Control your home extension build costs or estimates. Building regulations advice and guidance on permitted development rules. Home extension plans from granny flat to extending a victorian semi or terrace home. Various materials and construction methods for home extensions.
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  • HOME EXTENSION INITIAL ADVICE - A homeowner can obtain home extension advise from a wide base these days due to the advise and design guides offered by most local Planning Authorities and the internet. Simply ready this web site shows that you are searching for information on a residential home extension.
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  • HOME EXTENSION ESTIMATED COSTS - It is important that you establish in your own mind what your available budget is for your home extension right from the start as your wish list may be unachievable for the budget or finance you have.
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  • HOW TO SELECT A HOME EXTENSION ARCITECT OR DESIGNER - A home owners initial idea for a home extension needs to be confirmed and explored by a professional designer or architect in most cases. Some home owners go down the DIY route in preparing their own plans but usually get stuck somewhere in the system or process.
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  • PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A HOME EXTENSION - Even with the revised permitted development rules issued in October 2008, most home extensions still require formal planning permission as the conditions relating to what you can and cannot build under PD are very complicated with conditions. A PD home extension is often a compromised design for the homeowner as this may not be within the preferred siting or dimensional limits.
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  • BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVALS FOR A HOME EXTENSION - Once Planning permission or a Certificate of Lawful Development has been obtained for your home extension, the next stage for your home extension designer or architect is to upgrade and enhance the scheme for the Building Regulations.
    building-regulations-for-a-home-extension.php
  • HOW TO SELECT A HOME EXTENSION BUILDER - During the Building regulations submission you don't really want to waste time waiting for the approval. Use the draft construction scheme drawings and specifications that your designer or architect has prepared and start approaching between 3 and 5 builders for prices in a competitive tender format.
    how-to-select-a-home-extension-builder.php
  • HOME EXTENSION BUILDERS TENDER PRICES - There is a fairly standard routine for preparing the tender documents in order to submit to locally sourced builders. Firstly the tender process must appear formal and known to all builders that you are obtaining several tender prices. Do not fall into the trap of casually giving the documents to a builder down the pub and without a covering letter explaining your requirements.
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  • HOME EXTENSION BUILDING CONTRACTS - All home extension works should have a written contract to protect both parties. A contract is no more than a written agreement of what one party will be providing for an agreed remuneration or other compensation agreement. Fortunately, if your home extension designer or architect has done his job correctly, most of this written agreement will already be in place within the drawings and the specification manual.
    home-extension-building-contracts.php
  • SITE SUPERVSION OF A HOME EXTENSION - Most home extensions do not receive formal site supervision of the works by the Building Designer or Architect. This service is usually called 'Contract Administration' and to do it correctly, will involve the home extension designer or architect in a lot of hours during the build as they have to do it in accordance with a very heavy set of administrative procedures. Hence their fees for this service can be quite high so many homeowners refuse or avoid this level of ancillary services.
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  • PRE START CHECKS FOR A HOME EXTENSION - Before your start or formally engage your home extension builder, you would be well advised to stand back and take stock for a moment and reflect upon the bigger picture. Ask yourself 'have you completed or obtained all the necessary documentation or approvals'? A lot of the ancillary stuff that could present you with a technical problem during or later on can be fairly extensive, cerate delays or incur extra costs.
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  • CAN YOU LIVE IN THE HOME WHILE THE EXTENSION WORKS ARE IN PROGRESS - Most home extension works are not extensive enough to warrant the homeowners moving out of the home whilst the new works are in progress. There are varying degrees in what homeowners will accept and many will move out of the home even for the most simplest of works while others will remain in place for major refurbishments to the whole property as well, simply relocating their living environment from room to room whilst the project takes place.
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  • SIGNING OFF YOUR HOME EXTENSION - Any good builder will want you to sign off the works for practical completion as soon as possible so that you can start enjoying the home and he can move on to their next job. This is often referred to as 'practical completion'. It may not be the fully finished article but it is a legal term for when you are able to start using the new spaces. There may still be the odd bit of clearing up, making good or final fix of a light fitting for example but it is a good place to be for both the home owner and extension builder alike.
    signing-off-your-home-extension.php
  • HOW TO USE YOUR HOME EXTENSION - THE FIRST 6 MONTHS - When you first move into your home extension you will need to adopt some basic methods to ensure that the home extension operates correctly over the coming months. If you do not make some basic adjustments to your lifestyle for the first 6 months or install additional fittings or furnishings too quickly, you may fall into some defect traps that would have been unnecessary.
    how-to-use-your-new-home-extension.php
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  • HOME EXTENSION EXTERNAL WEB SITES - Here is a list of home extension related contacts and web sites that you may find useful.
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  • HOME EXTENSION PRODUCTS - Trying to find that elusive building manufacturer or supplier? Use or trade links to locate your building materials.
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  • HOME EXTENSION SERVICES - Here we list some other external web sites that are relevant to home extensions from Planning Permission to Appeals and from Design professionals to Home extension builders.
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