FAQS

If you are thinking about carrying out an extension on your property, you may have lots of questions regarding the process. Due to our extensive experience, we often get asked very similar questions when working on projects, so we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions to help you.
How long does it take to build a house extension?
This is completely dependent on the individual project and how much has already been organised. Some people have a clear idea of what they want before work begins, but this isn’t always the case. We can sit down with you and organise the finer details of the house extension, helping you to organise planning permission and party wall notices, if applicable. From there, we may be able to begin the build in as little as X weeks after your specification is submitted. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, you should contact a member of the team who can provide you with a more accurate estimate of completion timeframes. We will do all that we can to accommodate you.
Will I need planning permission for a house extension?
Not all extensions require planning permission, it completely depends on what you want to do and to what kind of property you own. You may be able to conduct building work under the latest permitted development rules, but these rights fall into different categories depending on the work being planned. With permitted development you are asking the council to confirm that your plan fits within the already determined criteria. By contacting Park Lane Extensions, we can provide you with advice in regards to planning permission and whether this is applicable to your project.
How much does a home extension cost?
The price of a home extension in Northampton can vary greatly, depending on the vision you have in mind and exactly what you would like from this project. A large variety of things can affect the costs, especially because the project involves different elements, from laying foundations and building walls, to plastering, electrics and plumbing. It is important to have a budget in mind when planning a house extension, and by speaking to a professional team, they will work well together and stick to a timetable, without encountering unexpected costs. Park Lane Extensions can provide you with an accurate quote with a breakdown of the total costs, and even discuss potential finance plans with you, if this is something you are looking for.
How much disruption should I expect with a house extension?
At Park Lane Extensions, we have a team of experienced experts to limit the noticeable disruption of your home life. It’s highly likely during this time you will be able to remain in your house without too much disruption. With a house extension, the work is normally confined to one area, so you can formulate a plan with your builders to make sure you have access to all the amenities you need. However, it is important to remember that disruption would only be a temporary inconvenience, and once the work is completed you will be able to enjoy your new refreshing living environment.
Do I need to tell my neighbours when I’m planning my house extension?
Unless your house extension plans will impact the boundary between your two properties, there is no legal requirement to inform your neighbours about the work being conducted. However, we believe that it is common courtesy to inform your neighbours of any intended construction work. You need to think about your plans and whether these are going to affect the households around you. If you apply for planning permission, a letter will be sent to the adjoining neighbours and a notice will go up outside which will give the public a chance to make comments and object to the proposed plans. It’s unlikely a neighbour is going to be able to stop you from building your house extension completely, but they may slow down the process.
Will my house extension add value to my property?
Adding value to a property is often the deciding factor when going ahead with a new house extension in Northampton. It’s usually the case that adding more space to a property results in the value of your property increasing, but this isn’t always guaranteed. If you would like to know whether your plans will help increase the value of your property, it is best to speak to a local estate agent who can advise you further. But it is important to note that the market value of houses fluctuates over time, along with the potential financial benefit of extending a property.
Can Park Lane Extensions arrange all the planning for me?
To answer this question simply, yes we can. We are here to support you and your extension project from the beginning, right through to completion. By working with us, we can help you request planning permission (if applicable), as well as preparing the proposed plans and structural estimations for your local authority. We can even help you with deciding the quality of materials and methods used and the overall design you are looking to achieve. With our one-stop-shop level of service, our only focus is providing you with the home extension that your household deserves.
Can all properties be extended?
The majority of residential and commercial properties can be extended, but this can only be judged on a case-by-case basis. Your exact plans can only be determined on specific factors such as the garden space available, the location of your home, the council permission and also various other aspects. To arrange a consultation with a member of our team, please feel free to contact us, and we can determine whether your property is suitable for a house extension.

Why should you get a house extension?

Park Lane Extensions will take responsibility for the entire project and work with you to achieve your vision. Our work has taken us throughout the whole of Northamptonshire, with our team always focusing on making every single storey extension project as simple and as stress-free as possible.

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