The Build Process

Speed up your Build

There are lots of components to any Build, regardless of the size of the project. Build schedules will vary and are mostly dependent on the size and specification. A typical ground floor extension will take 12 to 16 weeks, but that is assuming that everything...

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Building on a Budget

It is widely viewed that if you are able to extend, it is often financially sensible to do so, especially when the cost of buying a new home can outweigh the cost of extending. But how much does it cost to build? This is a...

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Learn More: House Tours

We just completed our busiest House Tour (with over 120 people in attendance!), so we thought now would be a good time to tell you a little more. Attending one of our tours is not only an exciting opportunity to see the quality of our work,...

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Living through Building Works

If you are planning to do an extension, you will need to make the decision on whether you stay in the property during the works or move out. Not everyone has the luxury of moving out, and if this is the case then we are...

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The Importance of Insulation

You’ve probably heard about 'insulation', not least in winter when you’re wrapped up in lots of layers in an attempt to keep warm. Did you know that insulation comes in multiple different forms and each of these types have different properties. It is also possible...

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The Benefits of Underfloor Heating

Thinking about saving money and using radiators to heat your extension? Under floor heating may not be as expensive as you might think. Upgrading to under floor heating frees up your wall space, gives you toasty toes and in the long run may save you...

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External Material Options

One very important feature of a build is the way the building looks from the outside. During the Design Process, our clients love to get involved in the interior design and exterior is generally pushed aside and thought about either when we prompt the discussion,...

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Your Build, Under Control

There are lots of components to any Build, regardless of the size of the project. Our clients frequently ask us what they need to consider prior to starting works, and the main things to tick off your list are Planning Permission, Party Wall Agreements, your...

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Design Team Dreams

Have you ever wondered how an architect would design their house?  Our Design Team work so hard at creating our clients visions; we thought we would ask some of the team to design their perfect extension.   We chose the existing floorplan and specification that we use...

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Brick by Brick, Week by Week

We understand that both the Design and Build are, generally speaking, new to you. We are here to guide you through the Design Phase, and do the heavy lifting in the Build – we understand that we are in your home, and you want to...

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Live In Build Out

We understand that the Build can be a stressful time for homeowners and we make every effort to make the process as smooth and as efficient as possible. For this reason, we offer our Build clients the option of living in during the build. Living...

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Secure Your Site

There are lots of components to a Build project, regardless of the size of the project. One fundamental part of the Build process is ensuring that both the home and building site are kept safe and secure at all times, and we take every precaution...

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60 SQM added in SE5

A common question we are asked is whether doing both a ground floor extension and a loft conversion together causes havoc during the Build process. The simple answer is absolutely not – and there are lots of options which we can offer to suit your...

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Thames Water: How we can help

There are lots of components to any build, whether it’s large or small. We understand that starting on site can be overwhelming, and we are here every step of the way to assist you in any way we can. One common question we get is...

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Get More from our Design Service

Our Design Team have been busy since the beginning of the year with a record breaking number of instructions in both January and February.   We encourage all clients, prospective and current; to give us feedback throughout the Design Phase so we can ensure we are doing...

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What can Building Control – Control?

When designing your extension, it is important to remember that just because it’s internal; it doesn’t mean you can do what you want. Local planning guidelines can influence a design, and our job is to help navigate the regulations to help you achieve a design...

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Our year : Looking back at 2015

2015 has been a very exciting year for Build Team.  From exciting new projects, to new team members, we are so proud of our achievements throughout the year that we thought we should share a lookback with you…   We started of the year with was a...

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How We Work

Here at Build Team, we offer a two-stage process. The first stage is the Design Phase and the second is the Build Phase. For those of you who have plans drawn up and planning permission approved, we do offer a Build Only service too. The Design...

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Extension Maintenance

The autumn season is upon us; leaves are falling and there’s a scattering of conkers along the pavements. Autumn is a great time to get those home maintenance jobs out of the way before the colder winter months.   Just as regular household chores are necessary to...

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Save Money with our Fixed Fee Service

There are lots of different payment options when it comes to the design of your home extension.   The majority of firms work on an either an hourly basis or they charge their services as a percentage of the overall construction cost. These methods can end up...

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Living with your Build

Is it possible to live in the property alongside building work without becoming stressed? Yes!   While some homeowners prefer to move out during home renovations, there’s a growing trend for staying put. While we do recommend that you take the occasional break with a long weekend...

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How Much Does a Extension Cost?

This is a question we are frequently asked by prospective clients, and our answer is always the same; the cost is dependent on the size and the design of the scheme. The final cost of each side return extension will differ as the designs are...

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The Build Schedule

One of the most common questions we are asked by clients asked during an initial site visit is how long will the build take. This is an important question for most clients, especially those with a tight deadline.   A typical side return build takes 12 weeks....

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Top Tips for Surviving Building Works

According to Holmes & Rahe, home renovations are one of the most stressful life events. They really don’t have to be! Here are 5 ways to survive building works at home, and ensure everything goes smoothly:   1. Organise a Party Wall Agreement The Party Wall Act was...

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What is a Thames Water Build Over Agreement?

Once you decide to undertake a side return extension project, one of the factors you will need to consider is whether any of the building work is being carried out near to a sewer. If you are planning to build over or close to a...

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Extending a Ground Floor and Loft

It’s no secret that space means value in London. The cost of moving house is now at £35,274, according to online estate agent eMoov.co.uk. A great way to increase space and add value to your home is to build up with a loft conversion or...

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Living In During the Build

An increasing number of modern families are using their kitchens as living spaces, rather than just places to cook, which is why side return extensions are growing in popularity. But where do you live and cook while the building work is being carried out? Do you...

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What Value does an Extension Add?

Adding a side return extension to your home can bring huge benefits to your property. Not only will it add extra space, but it can help to bring in more light and even add value to your home.   A side return fills in the space between...

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Living in During the Build

One question we are frequently asked is “Can we still live in the house while the works are carried out?”.  The answer quite simply is “Yes” because we have created a packaged solution to make your life easier in this regard. This involves: The erection of...

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