Thank you for taking the time to watch our videos 

We hope you enjoyed the videos and found them informative. These videos were shot in Swinton Manchester.

The first video for this particular job is showing the ground work involved. This extension was in need of a strip foundation, sometimes called footings.

The type of foundation chosen will depend on two distinct variables: the total building load (the weight of the house) and the type and quality oft he subsoil. In addition, different weather conditions and soil types May reduce the effectiveness of the foundation, depending on the type of soil. frost heave is common in sandy soils where water in the ground freezes and pushes upwards as it expands in to ice, which causes shrinking of the land and is most common in clay.

Both conditions can seriously affect the foundations, coursing disturbance and, in extreme cases, cracking if the foundations. They are however, easily avoided if you dig deep enough-usually to at least two-thirds of a metre. 

However you must bear in mind the more you dig the more money it will cost you.

The standard size of a strict foundation is 600cm wide and 900cm deep anything over and above this will incur you additional costs. You’re architect, or builder will determine what type of foundation is required as there are three types of strip foundation - traditional shallow strip, as described above, wide strip, used when the load of the structure is high relative to the weight bearing capacity of the subsoil and deep strip (also known as trench fill foundations) 

However the information they will give you is not set stone. 

As all foundation work will need to be inspected by an independent building inspector and he will determine once you have started digging what foundation is required. 

Some other types of foundation are sometimes needed they are called raft/pile foundations; however we will not be going to them at the moment asthese type of foundations can be very expens                                                                   

                                                               The Second Video 

The second video you can watch is following the building inspection which concluded that the foundation work we completed was correct and that we could proceed with building the extension.  

At this time we think it would be a good time to tell you some facts;

1. The drawings the builders use is only a guide.

2. The extension that is being built does not have to match the measurements on the drawing exactly.

3.  Just because there is something on the drawing does not mean you have to build it in the extension.

4.  Any changes to the extension can be made at any time.

5. It is not necessary to inform the building inspector before you make any changes but it isrecommended.

6.  At any time whilst building the extension you can summit amendments to building control

The main point of building your extension is to make sure it looks right when it is completed and it must compliment your home. This is why it is necessary to make changes where necessary.

At this stage of the extension it is important that we get good weather (as many jobs can be put back by weeks due to bad). In order to maximize the work being carried out on your property we use several websites to get a weather report one of which is http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ And as you know two weather reports are better than one, http://uk.weather.com/

We also get a Google weather reports sent directly from Google to keep us up to date with all the weather conditions If you would like a weather report from Google? Click on this link http://www.google.co.uk                                                                                 

The Third Video

As you will have seen, the extension is not far away from being completed but there is still an amount of work to be done.

It is now taking shape and you can see what we are building, it is a very large garage extension with a fully fitted utility room at the rear. At this stage of the job it is very important to make sure all the measurements are correct in order to ensure that all the appliances you are considering will fit the way you want them. As this will be your last opportunity to make any changes without incurring additional cost. As builders we offer a wide range of services, one of which is plumbing, so we thought we would give you some information regarding this service.

Any plumber that is working with gas should have his/her own gas safety registration number. Gas safety has replaced the CORGI standard so when you are installing a boiler/gas ovens/gas fires or indeed anything else to do with gas you must ensure the plumber has this registration number to prove he/she is qualified to do the job or you might see one of these symbols advertised on his/her vehicle. In which case you will know that they are qualified to do the job.

The next service we would like to inform you about is the electrics, when fitting any electrics you should ensure that you use a qualified electrician. When you are having your electrics fitted in your extension it is essential that you have all fittings where you want them. You can discuss this with the electrician. 

When we are pricing the job we include all basic plumbing/basic electrics which are self-explanatory. 

If you require anything other than the basics this will incur additional costs. When all electrics have been fully installed you will be issued with a certificate to show to the building control upon completion of the job. 

Be aware if you do not have a certificate, your home extension/any other building work will not be passed by building control and therefore any work you have carried out will not be legal,  

The Fourth Video   

This is the final video for this particular project. 

As you’ve been shown the garage extension with the utility room at the rear has been completed and the customer is more than satisfied with it. 

The reason for making these videos is to show any potential customers what is involved in the building work. However too actually build an extension is only one part of the job. Organizing materials and getting the right trades in at the right time is vital, ensuring all the trades do the best job possible are other aspects of building an extension that people may not into account. In our experience, over the years we have found some people like to try and build their own extensions, as they think it is easy. All it takes is to get a bricklayer/joiner/roofer and any other trades necessary they feel they need to get the job done. 

Our experience has shown us that if you do not have an extensive knowledge of building work or you don’t know a builder that will talk you through the job step by step, we recommend you don’t even start the job in the hope to save money, as you will soon find out this is not the case. Where you will lose money is by trying to build it yourself. This is a financial mistake! 

Your own mistakes will cost you any money you think you might otherwise have saved. 

If you are lucky enough to have saved any money when comparing it to the quotes you received from professional builders. You will find that the money you saved was not worth your time. The best way to get an extension built or any such building work done, is to obtain three quotes, the cheapest is not always the best as in most cases you get what you pay for. However if a builder is recommended to you, this is always a good starting point.

 

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