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 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."
"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!
"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 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 had been considering having a kitchen /diner extension for a number of years, hoping to make more efficient use of our home. We first met James two years before our project started, and after consultations with other builders felt that we would like him to do the job. We had James architect Ahmed to draw up the plans for us, he achieved just what we had asked for a room filled with lots of natural light and views onto the garden. The team started on a bank holiday Monday which was a nice surprise to us All of James team from the bricklayers, labourers to electricians were hardworking polite and friendly guys. After spending many weekends looking at kitchens we met Steve Wake the kitchen designer who works with James. He listened to our ideas and eventually came up with a beautiful fitted kitchen for us and managed to design us a corner larder cupboard to optimise our space. We couldn't decide on a colour, luckily Steve gave us right up until the final minute of production to decide. A problem we did have was trying to arrange time to see James as we were both at work and James wasn't available of an evening. However he came to the site each day to see how things were progressing. We now have just what we had dreamed off and everyone who sees it as to how it was before is very impressed. Thank you to James and his team.
"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"
"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."
"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 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!
"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"
SDP recently completed our loft conversion, from start to finish they were superb! James and the team were incredibly open minded and friendly, they listened to all of our requirements. They kept us up to date with all progress and any amendments / changes which were required they offered options along with the pro / cons to each choice. Each day we were made aware of what they were doing and progress which had been made. They ensured the site was tidy and clean after each visit, which was important as we had to live in the house during the conversion. The finish was amazing and we would highly recommend them to anyone doing any building work. Absolute pleasure and we will always look to use them in the future.
"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 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 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.
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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."
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.