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So you’re thinking about extending, it was once a seed that was planted in your head, which has now become an idea you want to run with. You want to make this a reality. However, you’ve now started looking into costs of things, which yes, can be like opening up a can of worms. We can’t escape the fact some building materials have doubled, some even tripled. The hefty lead times for glass too can’t be ignored.

We all know there have been many factors over there last couple of years which have contributed towards raising build costs, Brexit, Covid the war in Ukraine. All very unfortunate things, which we all now, as the consumer, bares the bunt of it.

Is this making you feel you want to abandon the project? Well please don’t be too disheartened, it shouldn’t, we’ve got some helpful tips proven you can make headway, maybe taking a little longer than anticipated, but at least you’ve some options. Tried & tested by our ever own clients.

1. Do the project in phases

If you we’re set to do multiple types of renovations to the project, example; loft and side extension, but the contractor quotes have recently come in well over budget. Then look to do them in stages. Work out what takes priority, is it the extra bedroom you’re planning on converting the loft for? Or that extra bit of space in the kitchen you desire? We’ve had some clients, carry out these types of projects over a couple of years. 

2. External work too expensive to do now

That dream 5meter single storey extension is now just too expensive to build. Don’t be put off. Couple of options, wait until you have enough funds to cover the project, always remembering you will likely need some contingency. But opt for a smaller extension? There’s some really clever ways of space saving.
The use of pocket doors, collapsible tables, colours, lighting, creating a focal point, even mirrors can create a sense of space.

3. Don’t underestimate wall removals

Yes, these are the more affordable ways of modernising your home, a simple wall removal, to create a more open plan environment, a much more affordable way of re-modernisation. *Remember always have this checked, in case it’s a load baring wall, never take a sledge hammer to it yourself!

4. Make use of the so-famous DIY’s

Need ideas? We have a Pinterest board that might help you. Check it here. 
Not only you can learn how to make your own designed pieces but you can also learn new tricks on how to save money, while building your dream project. Save your ideas and share them with us. Don’t forget to follow our Pinterest account so we can connect!

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Book in for a casual, no obligation chat with one of our consultants who can talk you through each process of your project and how best Summit can help.