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.
"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."
"From the start SDP were professional and filled me with confidence about the standard of their work. James was friendly and helpful in getting exactly what needed doing sorted and timely in all his responses throughout the project. The on site workmen were friendly, reliable, helpful and did a fantastic job. I am really happy with the standard of the work and would recommend them to anyone. My house looks exponentially better than it did as a result. Kind Regards, Adam Wood"
"I selected SDP to undertake a redevelopment and extension of the rear of the ground floor of my 100 year old semi because James approached the project in a very professional manner, explaining that he supplied a price, not an estimate, he gave a timescale and guaranteed daily visits to my house to project manage the work. There were inevitable little hiccups but nothing that James and I could not discuss and sort out. It was most helpful that James was always on hand so that queries could swiftly be dealt with. Together we could talk through tweaks to the plans. James employs a team of very polite, considerate and caring workers who always treated the house as my home, not as a ‘building site’. As well as this team James also hires in skilled artisans which has resulted in a completed open-plan family room/kitchen/dining room along with a loo and utility room that exceeds my original hopes and plans. I can highly recommend James and his team to anyone considering renovation work, large or small."
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
"James, We would just like to say thanks to you and your team for completing the alterations on time and to budget . You kept us informed throughout , the work was to a high standard and the various tradesmen turned up when you said they would. We were very appreciative of the fact that your tidied up after themselves and kept the disruption down to a minimum. Once again, many thanks Michael &Sandra Totley , Sheffield"
"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 !!"
"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"
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.
"Dear James I just wanted to thank you and your team for a great job carried out on my property. I felt that your quote was fair and that I was kept up to date with proceedings and felt included in decisions to be made during the project. I also felt that your team were timely, polite and clean, taking care to clean up after themselves. I particularly liked the fact that you managed the project bringing in tradesmen when required to ensure minimal wasted time and that you finished on time and in budget. Thankyou for a job well done and I wish you the best for you and your team. Jamie Denholm"
"Hair Salon Design Set Up. My Project was to set up a hair salon on the first floor of the striking and iconic ‘Sinclair Building’ in Sheffield City Centre. The Sinclair name itself is synonymous with quality, taste and a name ensconced in the history of Sheffield so the quality and finish of the project had to match the quality of the Sinclair’s store. SDP understood this from the start and James Clarke (Managing Director) project managed it personally from day one. The main reason I chose SDP was that I needed a diverse range of trades, joiners, plumbers, electricians, tilers and floor layers and SDP have highly experienced personal in house, who regularly work on “Blue Chip” projects..so I didn’t have to wait for a contractor to “fit me in” between jobs. The other unique factor for using SDP was that they also fabricate designs from stainless steel which was exactly what I wanted, as I needed shelving, sinks and panelling making to bespoke specifications out of metal. Working with James Clarke was an very enjoyable experience and I enjoyed the project immensely..there were no major problems, the project was finished bang on time and with no overspends! I would rate SDP ten out of ten and will be using them for my next shop and all future work on my house. Duncan Gillespie The Cutting Club"
"After looking around various kitchen design webpages and talking to people, the website for SDP caught our attention because of the bespoke design aspects and the quality of the workmanship. At our initial meeting with James, we were able to explain what it was we were seeking and he was able to advise and make suggestions. This collaborative approach was also taken when we met Steve the kitchen designer. From our first meeting to the completion of the project, continued close communication meant the project ran smoothly and we were aware of what was happening at each stage. James was an excellent project manager, liaising with various trades, electricians, plumbers, plasterers, kitchen fitters, flooring, to ensure the work was done to the agreed timescale and to a high standard and finish. The final result is exactly what we wanted with a few additional ideas from the design team. All of our friends who have visited echo our appreciation of the quality design and workmanship of our new kitchen which we are delighted with. We would highly recommend the work of SDP."
"James and his team were a pleasure to deal with. He did some work for my elderly mother. James paid attention to each detail of what she wanted in her bathroom, and his team came in and carried out the work very quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend him as a safe and reliable and efficient builder."
"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."
"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"
"James did some major work for me and exceeded my expectation. They where limited disruption and his workers where fantastic. Thank you SDP for building my dream room! Christine Daley"
"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."
"As new house owners, we had no experience of having work done on property. James and his team made the entire process simple and easy, working with extreme professionalism, to schedule and on budget. Even our requests for custom wardrobes and awkward tiling didn’t phase them! We are overjoyed with the results, and will seek out SDP next time we need work done. Thanks again, and send out regards especially to Gundas! Lizzy and Ian"
We had a fantastic experience with SDP. James and his team knocked through our lounge and kitchen last year, this involved obtaining structural engineer's calculations, knocking through the brickwork, putting in steel support then arranging building regulation sign off. This was finished by 'making good' including plumbing a new radiator, re tiling the floor and re plastering. The work was carried out to the highest standard and from start to finish the process was smooth. What really impressed me was how specific James and his team were with the timeline of events and when they would occur so we could adequately plan ahead and his team are really friendly. We are already planning on using SDP again when we extend our kitchen later this year. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
"James did a great job project-managing the refurbishment to our apartment, especially considering I was based out of London and unable to regularly check on progress in-person. His past experience was evident in all the design tips he shared (and implemented) to prep the flat for a quick sale. Finally, and most importantly, the realistic timelines which were very much appreciated in order to keep the project on track. Thanks, James!"
"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."
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.