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    Unfortunately, Labour and material costs are spiralling. The materials are being most effected by the ever increasing Building Regulations and the demand for raw materials in China. During our build, the cost of insulation increased by 35% throughout a 9 month build. We built an 80m2 extension (2 storey) and were pleased to keep the cost below £120k as we are in the industry. Our neighbours built a 25m2 rear extension for £25k as their father was building it for free. The construction industry is at the point of collapse as a result of spiralling costs and it will rely upon people not being able to afford to move and will therefore want extensions regardless of the value it adds to their house. You are quite correct that the above costs need to be considered but in my experience a well-thought out extension will typically add the same value to the property that will be spent. A poorly thought out one will struggle to return the investment. At the end of the day, if people are happy in their homes then the value is irrelevant.
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    It will, but the build costs have shot up so much you are lucky to get your money back. Single storey rear extensions are costing £30-40k and 2 storey side extensions are £100-120k. This may work in Market Harborough but probably won't in any of the areas inside the ring road.
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    Typically £25-40k, hence its not worth it in Leicester! Douth south, your returns to add another bedroom would be much higher so its worth the spend. If you advise whereabouts you are i'll check if I know any Architects in the area that would be of help to you.
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    Again in the south, many loft conversions are being carried out that wouldn't be viable or considered in the midlands. You need 2.1m for a loft conversion to pass building regulations. This would feel 'low' but when used as a teenagers bedroom its fine. Typically, you would install a flat roof dormer to the rear elevation for the full width of the house to generate the room required.
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    My suggestion is that you get yourself an Architect (or similar) to come and view your property which is normally free and discuss what the options for extending are. A good one will want to know your budget and not what you have seen in Grand Designs magazine as this will be the driver for what is worth drawing up. Typically loft conversions (particularly in the south!) are the most cost-effective solutions to gaining extra bedrooms and are fairly easy on terraced houses. Its also worth talking to your neighbours and seeing what they have done with their properties to maximise the potential. Many in your situation are choosing to extend as the value increases in southern property have effectively 'trapped' you into your current house as the upgrade is too big an increase in the mortgage.
  6. Call NHBC in the first instance. They will send out a 'risk assessor' or similar to assess whether their is a claim. (This assumes that your property was built with an NHBC warranty.) Its an odd place to have water ingress. But if you have rainwater coming in over a lintel, that suggests that their hasn't been a proper cavity tray installed over the lintel with weepholes to allow water running down the cavity to drain outwards. It would be worth checking that there are no issues with the guttering that are allowing water to penetrate the cavity from above. Once you have your report from NHBC, you should note that they are an insurer and as such will be looking for reasons not to pay out. It is likely that their report will come back claiming there is no fault with the property. At this point, you will have to pay for a Surveyor to write a professional report. Assuming this confirms there is a construction defect then NHBC would pay this money back as part of the repair. Its also worth asking the neighbours if they have had similar issues in the past.
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    We rate Carlton's in Narborough. Always pleasant and professional with good advice. We find pricing your home to be difficult and subjective and is for you to decide based upon sound advice.
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    You can expect around £30-40k for the loft conversion and £60-80k for the side extension. The cost of materials is rising rapidly, as much as 5% a month on occasions and I am finding that the cost of extending your house is not the instantly profitable exercise it used to be!
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