How much will my house extension cost?


Before extending your house one of the most important factors to review is the overall cost, not just the building cost.

Architect Fees
Fee proposals would either be a fixed fee, an hourly rate (including an estimate of hours) or a percentage fee of the construction cost (usually only for larger projects). Please contact us to discuss fees for your proposed project.

Planning Fees
The Country Council reviews the planning application and requires a fee to be paid for this statutory service. A typical house extension planning fee is currently £172 (including VAT).

Building Regulation Fees
The Country Council both review the building regulation application and carry out inspections once the work has commenced. Two separate fees are payable to the Council for this service. This fee varies as it is usually assessed on the floor area of an extension or on the estimated overall construction cost. As an example an extension with floor area between 20-40 sq m is around £200 +VAT for a ‘Full Plans Application' fee and £300+VAT for the inspection fee.

Structural Engineer's Fees
For all size projects, it is likely that the involvement of a Structural Engineer will be required. Their involvment is crucial to providing assessment of the structural implications of a design and to submit structural calculations that are required by Building Control for the Building Regulations application. Their fees can range from £300+VAT to £750+VAT depending on the complexity of the structural design.

Quantity Surveyor's Cost
We work with a quantity surveyor and can provide a Priced Estimate Schedule at Building Regulations stage to give a detailed estimate of cost. This schedule can also be used to seek detailed comparisons from builders. This service is an optional extra and is typically around £250.

Building Cost
Building construction costs vary considerably, however a ‘ball-park' guide of cost can be calculated on a cost per square metre basis. This can typically be between £1,400 and £2,500 per sq m and would be exclusive of VAT. The variation of costs would depend on the complexity and materials used. These costs per square metre would equate to a general finished extension cost, exclusive of large fitted items such as kitchens. We would suggest assuming around £2,000 per sq m when planning a typical extension.

Builders may be able to provide an estimate based on the Planning drawings and then provide a firm quotation at once the Building Regulation drawings are available.

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