By Bryan Spain
Extending your house? New kitchen or rest room? making plans to accessorize? if you are taking up a role like this you want to understand 3 issues - are you able to do it by yourself; how lengthy goes to take; and most vital of all, how a lot is it going to cost.This booklet tells you the solutions. With simple-to-follow information on all of your remodeling tasks it tells you:?·the time the activity will take?·the charges of the materials?·how tricky it is going to be?·and what a qualified goes to cost to do it for you ?·Make definite you get price for money?·Budget in your domestic improvements?·Do It your self or use a qualified - lets you make a decision
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Planning permission generally For most home improvement work, planning permission is not required although changing the external appearance of your house in a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding natural beauty could be an exception. If you are uncertain about your position, contact your local planning office and ask their advice. Explain your problem and they will advise you on the best way forward – this could save you money by taking the necessary action before incurring the expense of appointing someone to draw up plans for you.
The new work would be higher than the existing roof. 2. The dormer would extend beyond the plane of any existing roof slope facing a highway. 3. The roof extension would increase the volume of a terraced house by more than 40 cubic metres or 50 cubic metres for any other type of house. New buildings on your land such as garages, swimming pools, garden sheds, greenhouses and storage tanks Most buildings under this heading do not require planning permission but there are some exceptions. These include: • erecting a building that would be nearer to the highway than the nearest part of the existing building unless there would be 20 metres or more between the highway and the new building; 19 DOING IT YOURSELF • the area covered by the new building exceeds more than half of the area of land surrounding the existing house; • the new building is going to be used for commercial purposes including parking a van or storing materials; • the new building will be more than 3 metres high or 4 metres high if it has a ridged roof (measured from the highest adjacent land); • in a listed building, the proposed new building is more than 10 cubic metres; • in a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding natural beauty, the proposed new building is more than 10 cubic metres.
41 m3 + 5% = 430 kg 23 DOING IT YOURSELF It is unlikely that you will be able to buy the exact quantities you need but the above figures should help to reduce any unnecessary waste. Sand is sometimes sold by volume instead of weight so you may need to adjust the above figures accordingly – there are 1600 kg to a cubic metre of sand. Concrete – ready mixed For larger jobs, such as laying a concrete drive, it is probably better to have the concrete delivered ready mixed. This is a very competitive market, so shop round for quotations.
Guide to Home Improvement Costs by Bryan Spain