As stated, it is time to break down and give you a better idea, in detail, about the extension durations and how they can impact the cost:
- First, you will set a meeting with the experts, taking around an hour to two.
- If you opt for design concepts, it will take one to three weeks. This is to map out your ideas.
- Next, a revision and final design phase can take a week to four, depending on any last-minute changes.
- Next, you will find a contractor. They will provide you with engineers, architects, and builders with a fixed duration to get the home extension done.
- Now, the next two weeks to almost two months will be used to get permissions. These ensure that your project meets all the regulations and laws. The architect and engineer will take care of meeting the criteria.
- Sometimes, if you need a party wall, it can extend the process of approval by four to six weeks.
- In some areas, even extension projects could require Town council (or Town Planning Council) approval. It could take a three months to a year.
If you have original plans and a house map, you can save weeks of extra work. An architect can work with pre-existing plans to bring the best results.
Similarly, the engineer can also scan these projects and decide the parts they have to examine. Instead of the complete home inspection, it will save you time to get the evaluations.
You can also choose not to get a party wall if it isn’t necessary.
Similarly, you can approach a private contractor instead of applying for tenders. This can save you weeks, even months.
Remember that finding the best quotes, the best company or contractor, and materials will all depend on you and the market research you conduct.