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.
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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 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 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"
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 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."
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.
"We recently used SDP to relocate our bathroom and the other rooms on our first floor. From the initial visit to the end of the build they understood what we wanted and worked with us to achieve it. They removed the existing bathroom and completely relocated it, including all fitting and plumbing, a new wall, doorway, skirting boards, and skimming the walls in the process. They protected the carpets throughout the work and tidied at the end of each day. They had great attention to detail and the tiling in the bathroom looks fantastic. The final invoice was very reasonable and we would definitely recommend them again. Rob and Lucy"
"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!"
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.
"Thank you very much to Sheffield development properties. Recently we had our brickwork cleaned and re-pointed and I could not be happier. I had tried with many attempts to clean the brickwork around my front door and was having no success so I rang James at SDP to come and give me a quote for the pointing, while he was there he recommended having the brickwork sandblasted and what a great idea it was, the price was very good and the results are fantastic. Couldn’t be more happier with the finished result. Thanks very much James , I will not hesitate to call you in the future. Kind Regards, Callum and Cat."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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 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!
"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."
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.