There are a number of ways in which you can increase the size of your property, but none offer quite the level of scope that you get with an extension. Dependent on the amount of land that you have at your disposal, an extension presents you with the capability to increase your home substantially, making it into a living space that benefits your exact specifications.
Extending your property is one of the easiest ways to create the additional space that you seek. Far easier, for instance, than sourcing a new home and going through the notoriously stressful process of moving – far easier than buying a plot of land and building a house from scratch. An extension is the most cost-effective way to increase the size of your home without sacrificing flexibility.
Of course, having a house extension isn’t just about increasing its size. It is also about injecting originality into your home, and giving it your own personal signature. There is no denying that the home acts as a direct representation of who you are as a person. And so, an extension acts as your opportunity to take your home’s existing structure and transform it into something that is entirely conceived from your own personal vision.
Whether or not your home is suitable for an extension is entirely dependent on the amount of land that you own, on which to extend. Even if you don’t have any land surrounding your home, it is often possible to extend out onto any single floor sections of your house.
The biggest suitability issues when it comes to building an extension is planning permission. At SDP we can give you impartial advice into any inhibitions you might face when it comes to dealing with planning issues. We have vast experience in dealing with local councils and planning issues, and we can put forward an application that gives you the strongest chance of acceptance.
We heard about James and SDP through a recommendation, so arranged what was a very friendly and informative meeting. We received a quote from him that was good value and comparable to other quotes received. We chose James because the finishes on the pictures on his website certainly looked impressive, and for the personal touch that was already apparent. This was also true of Steve, who designed the kitchen, and who was equally friendly and full of ideas. Nothing was too much trouble throughout the project, which was completed quickly and in a highly efficient way. We were in very regular contact with James, who was incredibly accommodating of anything we asked, and offered plenty of good suggestions, always looking to minimise costs as well as deliver a quality product. An example of this was a suggestion to alter the original design to incorporate a goalpost steel and remove a large pillar – something we didn’t think was feasible. He did this despite additional pressures on his team’s schedule, and kept costs down as much as possible. The end result was phenomenal - and hugely appreciated - transforming the space into a stunning kitchen diner that has wowed everyone who has visited since. Throughout the project, we were kept completely informed of timescales and what was happening next, and this was all done with a great degree of humour – the relationship developed between us and his team into a really close one. All of the numerous guys who worked on our extension were friendly, polite, clean and highly skilled. The end result has transformed our lives. It’s the first extension we’ve had done, and we were full of trepidation, but the whole experience was far less stressful than we imagined it would be; a major factor in this was that way that everything was managed via James as our main point of contact (although the various workmen were equally accommodating whenever we asked anything of them). All in all, I would highly recommend James and SDP. It’ll be the bathrooms next! Cheers bud Matt
"I bought my house a few months ago and needed some work doing. I have never heard about SDP and when I did meet them they gave my a very professional service. James listened to me and was very passionate about the project as just as me. I am delighted with the work that he has done already and look forward for him to work for me in the future. Thanks James. Christine"
"When we first thought about having the house extension built, I expected to be fulfilling the role of project manager, organising the trades and resources etc. But when the quote came in from SDP, which included James’ performing that task, it seemed a much more sensible idea to leave it to him given the differences in our relative experiences of the building trade (I had none). James did as he’d promised and turned up almost every day he had workmen here, making sure they were doing what they were expected to and that they had the resources they needed. He also kept us well informed about what to expect next. He’d provided a complete plan and timescale (which was perhaps a bit ambitious) at the start, and as is the case with many builds, things sometimes happened beyond our control that impacted the completion date. But James was always happy, willing and able to work around the delays, revising and rescheduling as required. Throughout the whole build James and his team have always been friendly, honest and polite, and have often contributed ideas and suggestions for making the build better, more professional and more effective. Now the build is finished, we’re delighted, as we have a new kitchen, garage and workshop that get’s a ‘Wow!’ from everyone who sees them. We are happy to recommend SDP and would have no hesitation in using them again."
"I purchased my house at Beauchief from james six months ago. James showed me the property when it was partly renovated and I fell in love with it. He has sympathetically renovated the house keeping all the lovely features. All the bathroom and kitchen fittings are of a very high standard and since moving in I have not had any problems. I am over the moon with the house and would not hesitate to buy from James again and indeed a couple of my friends are interested in purchasing off him. Thanks, Philippa."
"We’ve used SDP twice now, and both times we’ve been delighted with the results. The staff are friendly, polite, and most importantly, they deliver an excellent standard of work. We HIGHLY recommend them. Joe and Kayti Ball"
"Dear James, Just wanted to say thank you for the work undertaken on our property , the work was done well and to schedule. The workmen were helpful and cleared the work area on completion, be assured we will contact you in the future to quote for other work. Many thanks John Ramsden"
We love our new kitchen extension. It is exactly what we wanted. SDP listened to exactly what we were after and did a fantastic job. Everyone who worked on it was very friendly and polite and worked to high standards. I would definitely recommend them.
"Having decided to finally go ahead with an extension and major redevelopment to our property, we engaged SDP to undertake the work on the basis of recommendation from other people and we are totally happy with the finished product. The work, a full-width single storey extension with, the existing floor-plan being changed from a separate kitchen/dining room into 1 large open-plan living space, was managed by James brilliantly, with every detail of the plans/schedule being made available to us before the work started. James attended almost every day, keeping us informed of expected progress. The team(s) James employs are professional and helpful. A pleasure having SDP do the work and would happily recommend."
"We have recently moved house and decided to knock through a couple of walls to make a larger kitchen diner. Initially we contacted about 5 other companies but for one reason or another they were not interested or didn’t turn up. I felt like I was coming to the end of my tether with it all, then I saw one of the Sheffield Development Property Vans; I made a note of the name and sent James a text. He arrived when he said he would, he helped us plan the space and dealt with the building inspector. What a refreshing change! The work started when he said it would ( almost to the minute ) and the guys who turned up worked in a very professional manner, they did not stop, not even for a break! They really did put in a sterling effort! Am I happy with SDP? Yes, I am delighted. Thank you James, Paul, and Guntis! Thanks again James"
"We first met James when we went to view a house he refurbished on Cobnar Road, Woodseats. We liked him and were so impressed with the work his team had done that we didn’t need to think twice about who to call when we wanted an extension on the back of our house. James was on hand with help and advice from the very beginning right through to completion of the project. He introduced us to Ahmed, his architect (Nada Architects), who drew up some great plans for us and dealt with the planning permission. Once the building work began, James visited nearly every day to make sure everything was going well. His team of workmen were extremely hard working and polite. They arrived on time and at the end of each day they tidied up before leaving. Their work was of a very high standard, as we knew it would be. It was a pleasure having the whole SDP team around. We are absolutely delighted with our new extension and it has significantly improved the quality of our living space. It is modern and tasteful and integrates well with the rest of the house. It looks attractive from the outside as well as on the inside. We can recommend James and his team, without hesitation, for any building or refurbishment work. They are competitively priced without compromising on quality. It is good to know that we can call on someone we trust when we need more work doing in the future."
Highly recommended. Used James and his team for a rebuild of an extension. The team were so professional, on site every day. The coordination of all the trades was seamless and the work was to a very high standard. Great communication, everything cleared away well, the building secured and weekly payments so you only pay for the work completed that week. Would definitely use SDP again.
James and his team have just recently completed renovation work on our new home. The house was extremely dated, so required a new kitchen, new bathroom, as well as a lot of other work (knocking down a wall, moving an existing wall, changing a cupboard to a doorway, new boiler, changing a door to a window, installing French doors, removing a porch, new front door). From start to finish, the installation was seamless and completely stress free. On top of this, the work was completed on time! James organised all of the work to be completed by day, and managed the entire project. James put us in contact with Steve, the kitchen designer who listened to every aspect of our needs, and created a bespoke kitchen. Cannot rate this team highly enough - they are trustworthy, reliable, completes the work to the highest standard, and is constantly on standby to answer any questions. The house was always left clean and tidy. Overall, we are so impressed with the quality of the work, we will undoubtedly be having SPD back to complete further work on the house. Thanks so much!
"The company has recently fitted me a new kitchen, the quality of service and workmanship has far exceeded my expectations, I had prepared myself for a chaotic 11 days !! In fact the whole job was a stress free experience, workmen came and went, only bothering me if really important . They kept mess to an absolute minimum, clearing up at the end of each day, they were also polite and courteous .All in all I can t recommend sheffield development properties highly enough. Good job lads! Kind Regards, Susie Coish"
"I needed some basement work completed as it was determined that after a surveyor had looked at it, there would need to be a full rebuild of the wall. The guys who came round were friendly, hard working and did an excellent job. They tidied the place up nicely after the work had been completed. Extremely happy with the cost for doing it and would not hesitate to ask for future work to be completed by Sheffield Development Properties."
"Our long awaited extension is so impressive and looks amazing. Everyone who comes to the house and sees it, always gives the same reaction – Wow! James and his team were incredibly helpful throughout the whole process. At one point we wanted to amend a section of the build, James worked with us to make sure we got the result we wanted and the finished result was definitely worth it. The extended area has given us much more space and light and creates a wonderful relaxing environment which is perfect for a family with teenagers. We would highly recommend James for any building project , his approach is professional and he looks after his customers well, we will always return to his company for anything we may need in the future."
"Renovating a property can be a real minefield at the best of times, fortunately James at SDP was available to make the process as smooth as possible which was critical for me as I was living very remotely from the project. He had all the guys to do the right job in a timely manner and with the minimal of fuss. The finish was very professional and my property was sold above the asking price within a few days of going on the market. I would certainly use him again."
"I would like to say that I only have praise for the team that completed my insulation work in my roof/attic. All work was completed within the specified time and on budget with a friendly manner, James was on site to check all work was on schedule every day. Cleaned up after themselves everyday & was polite punctual. I would recommend them to anyone."
"After hearing good things, I contracted James and his team to do some considerable refurbishment work on one of my student terrace houses. The property needed a full loft conversion, a refurb of the main bathroom, bedroom, and dining room, and a totally new kitchen. Not only that – but with it being a student property we only had the small window of the summer holidays to get everything looking tip top again in time for the new academic year. It was a tall order but the job was completed to highest standard and with complete efficiency from the whole team at SDP. I couldn’t be happier with the work. Everything was completed on schedule, and with total transparency from James about where we were at, at every stage. Because of the terms and conditions drawn up in advance, I knew the exact schedule of works. Payment was spread across the duration of the project and there were no hidden costs. SDP also sourced the kitchen themselves, using my specifications – which was a massive weight off my shoulders. The team were always punctual and polite. All in all, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough."
We decided that as we were getting older a downstairs toilet would be beneficial. This would be built in the rear of our integral garage. With the front of the garage being extended, with new roof, to allow the continued garaging of our car. Getting planning permission took about 7 weeks. I felt that at least 3 quotations would be required. I had listed our requirements as detailed as possible and identified 3 builders, two local and the third, SDP, I found from a web search. Although SDP were not the lowest quote, we both felt that the way James, the Managing Director dealt with us, was impressive. We went to SDP office to discuss and sign the contract. I had thought of a few queries and tweaks which James accommodated without issue. He also advised us of suppliers they used, for us to choose some of the fitments etc. We were advised of a probable start date and probable duration of the work. Although there was some slippage it did not affect us. The basic building work was done by the team of Ian and his mate Richard. James was on site early most mornings, checking progress and ordering the materials as required. I had not really fully anticipated the level of work required, with lots of sand, bricks, aggregate, timber, and two skips etc. The weather was not always good but it never stopped Ian and Richard, although they were very wet on occasions. Cups of tea seemed to work wonders. James was open to my suggestions and queries although he did suggest on one occasion that I had ‘too much time to think’! Anyway most were accommodated where possible. All the tradesmen were also very professional and competent. Tidying up as they went along. Overall we were happy with the work; in particular the way Ian built false doors to the garage extension for security and in our hallway which really kept dust and disturbance to a minimum. He also built replacement shelves to the rear of the garage. Pricewise I was a little concerned, due to my suggestions and tweaks but it came in ‘on quote’ apart from a couple of items which we asked to be changed. James certainly seems to keep his several active projects, small and large, going with very little impact on ours. We would thoroughly recommend DPS and wish James and his team best wishes for the future.
"We contacted James after a recommendation from someone who had used SDP previously. We were looking to replace our kitchen and create some extra space via the removal of some adjoining walls. James and Steve were extremely helpful in terms of proposing different options, whilst always looking to meet our requirements. The final layout has meant much more than just a new kitchen. We feel like the rear of the house has been completely revamped, giving us a more airy, spacious, functional and modern kitchen / dining / entertaining space. Having also added some additional work to our roofed conservatory (underfloor heating, bi-fold doors and seamless flooring), like many of the other testimonials on this site, we too are receiving lots of ‘wows’ from visitors. A small extension to the front doorway was also carried out by SDP – this was also done to a high standard and has left us with a far more practical space. We would certainly recommend James and his team – who were all extremely helpful and friendly. As our children grow up and we seek some additional refuge, I’m sure we will be back in touch re a loft conversion !!"
At SDP we start by arranging an informal meeting with you, to ensure that there is, from the word go, an implicit understanding on our part, of your exact wishes and what it is you want to achieve. This filters down through the entire company and ensures that each and every member of our highly experienced team is aware of your exact specifications
We then arrange for you to meet with one of our architects, so that your vision can be discussed in terms of feasibility, and any likely limitations that may need to be overcome.
With everything approved, we are ready to commence work on your extension.
``Moving forward, our vision is to establish a brand which is synonymous with luxury, quality and the highest standards of living`` - JAMES CLARKE (DIRECTOR)
Here at SDP we like to work with property that comes in all shapes and sizes, from work spaces to places to live, and create buildings where people want to spend their time. That’s why we are passionate about creating beautiful, high quality property for sale or rent.