Unless you are a builder don't do it yourself. You also need to check if you need planning permission and building regs otherwise you could have problems when you come to sell if you do or with your insurance.
We paid 11.5k for our huge kitchen extension. It was built from a tiny kitchen that was already there and extended down the garden. We are in south Norfolk. I would imagine its different depending on areas.
Grrr. Quotes are ridiculous and I KNOW they are no reflection of cost af materials and labour but some arbitrary figure based on an expensive postcode we have no choice but to live in ( very complicated). As a result have to live in teeny house but Ds' disability means we have to have the extra room.
We're in Scotland and currently getting 2 extensions one at side, one at rear. The rear one is a sunroom type but with a solid wall on one side. We're paying 15K for it, it's 3.5 x 3.5m. A friend got a smaller conservatory for 14K.
The cheapest option would be a conservatory from B & Q etc. If you can get individual trades in for each bit, eg laying the floor, constructing the walls/roof/ electrics/plumber for a radiator it can work out cheaper than just getting an all inclusive quote. And if do bits yourself to save even more.
my dad built a utility room on the back of our old house so it's possible. But this was 25 years ago so building regs have probably changed a lot since. We had to dig out footings, lay a concrete floor, put in electricity, plaster board the walls and ceiling, put in windows etc... the roof was flat, so no tiling issues.
Also it wasn't a room intended for family use - it was just because the kitchen was tiny and we needed space for the dogs beds and the washing machine, fridge and freezer. It was probably about 10 feet square and had no radiators.
We didn't touch the house itself either, this new room was simply plonked on the back of the house and the existing back door became the door to the utility room.
It was hard work and dad had a few mates helping as well as us. I'm still bloody good at mixing concrete
i had a small 6ft extension on the back of my house which extended the kitchen and the dining room, couldnt go further than 6ft due to the drains.
that cost £10,000. i live up north.
i cant see how you could build something yourself tbh - are you proficient at drawing up plans? do you know what you have to do to comply with building regs?
i would never have a go at DIY building unless i was a builder or a brickie and knew what i was doing.
fwiw our neighbours house has a DIY double storey extension on it - it doesnt match and looks terrible - it was done in the 70;s when building regs were not around - its now breaking away from the rest of the house. it will be expensive to fix and i know that when that house was up for sale it put potential buyers off.
If your ds has a disbaility have yiour thught about applying to a charity for an extension. I think the CAB and the libarary both have extensive databases of charities... They amy or may not be able to help you.
If you ds is in receipt of DLA and you are on a lower income have a look at the family fund, it doesn't help with extensions but may be able to help out somewhere else.
You will need to consult professionals otherwise you could end up worse off with an unsaleable (or nearly) property with an ineffective / leaky / dodgy extension that would not be pleasant to live in!
We're on a teeny income for the area but just above low-income thresholds. Ds disability is hidden and often denied by professionals who want to deny provision (although is now in a special school so denial not so easy).
But I guess no harm in researching (doubt we'd get anyone to give us £60k though)
Also the 'room' is to be a classroom to make up for the deficiencies in his education which will be denied as a need I expect.
Would one of those garden offices be an option? I've got an idea they cost from about 10k including installation, but I'm sure it varies by company. Very quick, no impact on the fabric of your house at all. They have light and power, so they're fine if you don't need to use them as 24 hour living space.
Thanks Penis. The last time we contacted SS for some help they told us to stop asking or they would raise it to a child protection investigation as there is no reason they could see why we woukd need any support except for poor parenting.
i think in that case i would look at a conservatory, but make sure you have proper blinds and heating (so it doesnt bake in summer and freeze in winter) i reckon you could get something like that for about £10, maybe even less. Here i see ads for basic ones from £4995.
you could easily turn it into a class room.
i do feel your pain - my house is tiny and we only have one reception room too, i just used to leave dS and his tutor at the dining table and make myself scarce - with DD, i take her to her tutor so dont have that problem so much.
i think if youre going to invest in something then you need to make sure its all done right and to building regs, that way at least it will add value to the house.