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 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"
"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 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."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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 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."
"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"
"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 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."
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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 engaged SDP to build a single storey kitchen/dining extension which they completed in April 2017. The project was managed very effectively by James and the team, to ensure completion within projected timescales, to budget and without any compromise on quality. Without exception we were impressed with the competence of all the tradespeople engaged on the build and their helpful approach to resolving any issues which arose. We are very pleased with the finished product and wouldn't hesitate to recommend SDP.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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.