House Extension part 1 – When to start?

There are many benefits to building an extension in the summer. The number one reason is that you won’t ‘die’ of the cold. Many extensions go through the dreaded ‘knock-through’ when the exterior walls are removed, which leave a large part of your home open to the elements. In winter it can be brutal, especially if you are having a roof removed.

A good builder will always be able to insure you are left with a safe and secure living area. Insulation boards, high quality tarpaulin and a good electric heater can all keep you snug and warm as you hanker down from winter’s fiercest. If the extension only affects one part of the house – then you can limit the disruption and keep warm in the other rooms. However, during any build there will be hours (some will argue days) when the builders will be moving boilers and gas and water piping and you will not have access to heating or hot water.

With a summer extension, your garden can come into its own as an extra room. You can enjoy the benefits of summer living with picnics, bbqs and alfresco dining. Inside the house there is less need for heating while outside there is less risk of delays due to inclement weather. Often, rainfall and freezing temperatures can prove tricky when building in the winter as certain jobs – such as laying brickwork, cementing and drying time for painting and plastering – are dependant on good weather conditions. But because the summer months are considered to be the easiest, finding a builder who can start then can prove harder to book in.