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Extension Stress or Hassle Free Extra Space?

by TG Escapes | Jun 27, 2014 | Blog, Residential

Are you one of the many British homeowners that have felt too uncertain about their job security and financial prospects during the years of recession to move house, despite your growing family’s need for more space? Perhaps the recovering economic backdrop is now enticing you to consider investing in an extra room, but the ever present spectre of rising interest rates is deterring you from moving house?

Figures compiled last year suggest that the average cost of moving from a three bedroom property to a four bed is somewhere in the region of £113,000. Geographic variations in this figure are, unsurprisingly, massive and range from £163,000 in London to £31,000 in Yorkshire, where many people probably feel that current house prices are too low to consider a sale. By the same token, those that live in the property hotspots cannot even begin to contemplate the cost of scaling up the property ladder, even at current rates of borrowing.

So, the only option open to those desperate for a little extra room is to add to their current home, but then there’s the stress of organising all those builders and craftsmen, the mess and disruption and the time it is going to take. Any building project can be inexpensive or non-disruptive or fast, but never all three. A traditional extension involves many stages, all of which add cost and the potential for bottle necks and unexpected extras. A project manager will shoulder much of the burden for you, but will add another layer of cost, and even the most skilled and tenacious can’t always manage the on-site delays and damage caused by a bout of bad weather or the domino effect from any unscheduled builder’s absences.

Even if you are lucky and all goes according to plan, a typical bricks and mortar build will take between 6 and 12 months from conception to completion. The design and approval process can often take longer than the building time and, unless you are a committed DIY enthusiast with a well- equipped contact list of skilled craftsmen that all owe you a lot of favours, a single story extension is likely to cost in the region of £29,000.

A Garden Escape will not only cost you less, but has a whole host of redeeming features when compared to a more conventional extension. All of our buildings have been architect designed and the interior will have a bespoke finish to suit your intended use. As most of the construction occurs off-site in a controlled environment it is often better quality and the on-site experience is always much faster, cleaner and less disruptive to daily life: a typical build rarely takes more than two weeks and often as little as one. Our prices are guaranteed and include your very own project manager, who will assist with any planning approval that may be necessary, and our own dedicated team of skilled craftsmen. We even provide you with a snagging sorter to iron out all the little glitches that are inherent in any building project.

The fact that our buildings are extremely energy efficient to run and far more environmentally friendly to build are two added bonuses, but those are stories for another day.

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TG Escapes
Providing net-zero timber frame buildings since 2003. As a gold member of the Structural Timber Association we are fully compliant to design, manufacture and build giving us full control of the quality of all the timber components in our system.

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