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.
"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!"
"Hi James, Many thanks for these fantastic photos. They do indeed look brilliant. It really does put my amateur efforts in to place but on the other hand they show our home in the most wonderful way. Let us also take this opportunity to thank you and your team. We are absolutely delighted with what you and your guys have done. You have helped us realise our vision for our dream house. From the outset we were confident that you would be able to deliver what we wanted, on schedule and within budget. The format of payments was excellent. We really appreciated your “can do” attitude and the way we were able to add items into the schedule as we realised that we needed to do more to our house to make it into our home. The finished quality of what you have done is wonderful. Your guys have been a pleasure to work with and we thank you for the care that they took working in our home. Also, watching your guys tackling some of the more ‘difficult’ tasks was truly exciting. Working through the development of the project, day by day with you on site, has been a pleasure , your attention and sense of humour have ensured that it has been a really great build. We have really enjoyed our time with you and your guys and want to thank you all so much for building our dream. We are so pleased and delighted that everyone who walks in goes WOW! Best regards, Jim & Adrienne"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Thank you very much for all at SDP Ltd who have recently refitted our kitchen and carried out building works to make our kitchen and dining room open plan. The work was carried out to a really high standard and all of the workmen who attended our house were friendly and professional and left the house tidy once they had finished each day. The work they have carried out is fantastic and we are really glad that we instructed SDP to carry out the works which were all organised for us from start to finish. Thanks James. Lindsay"
"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"
"We contacted SDP to do a house inspection for us prior to buying our first house. James was very helpful in taking us through the potential works identified in our Home Buyers report and associated costs and risks. Once the house purchase was complete we took up SDP’s offer to undertake some works to the timber in our cellar. The work was completed in a professional manner and to a high standard and SDP could not be beaten on price by the other companies that we considered. Overall we were very pleased and will definitely consider SDP for future works. Kind Regards, Andy & Liz."
"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"
"We were immediately impressed by SDP, because, unlike many similar businesses, there is a project manager, James Clarke, who liaises directly with clients and tradesmen. We felt safe in instructing this company to work for us, because we knew that we could go back to James if there were any problems. However, the job couldn’t have been slicker. The workmen turned up punctually and completed the work on time. They were friendly, polite and caused minimal disruption. I am registered blind and they were sensitive to this throughout, letting me know when and where to be more cautious when moving around in areas where they were working. After the work was complete, James phoned us to check whether we were happy with the work, prior to invoicing us. When I queried one issue which we were unsure about, he came out especially to inspect and ensured me that there was nothing to worry about. We now have a lovely new pavement outside our house; not only is it a bit more flood-proof, but much to our cleaner’s delight, is easier to sweep. My husband and I are currently in the process of requesting quotations for further work by SDP. It doesn’t seem to matter what job needs doing; they have all types of tradesmen: plumbers, carpenters, joiners, decorators, electricians, damp-proof specialists, roofers and people to do other outside work. No more scrolling through endless lists of tradesmen in the Yellow Pages and wondering who is trustworthy. We’ll go to SDP every time. Kind Regards, Sarah Byran."
"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."
"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."
"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"
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.
"The small bedroom in our house required a complete refurbishment, including re-plastering, new electrics, re-siting of the boiler and the installation of wardrobe/cupboard space. We approached SDP as, when looking for potential builders, we came across their website, which seemed very professional. James responded promptly and came to meet with us to discuss our requirements. He was receptive to our thinking, listened carefully and offered good advice. We received the estimate within two days of meeting James. James arranged for the various workmen to visit prior to commencing their part of the work, where this was necessary and scope what needed to be done. When the work commenced James project-managed each aspect and visited each day while the work was ongoing. He also responded promptly to any telephone or text messages from us. We are very happy with the end result and the way this was achieved. Any unforeseen difficulties were resolved quickly by James in a professional and reassuring manner. Keith and Hilary"
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
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.