A New Year – A New Home: Planning for a Home Improvement in 2022

Winter is rarely a good time for the building trade. As cold winds, driving rain, and flurries of snow occur ever-more frequently, most builders and contractors will avoid breaking ground on new projects for fear of delays caused by the weather. Between November and February, very few new building projects are started for this very reason.

Of course, if you’re looking to build a home improvement right now, this works in your favour. As we discussed in our previous blog article, planning a house extension, loft conversion, garage conversion, or other home improvement takes time. Indeed, with the multitude of hits the construction industry has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning phase for even a standard extension could take anywhere from 22 to 40 weeks.

That puts you in the ideal position to start planning today for a home improvement project that will break ground in the spring of 2022.

Coming Up with Ideas

You can expect the design phase of your home improvement to take between 2 and 4 weeks to complete. This includes your initial consultation to discuss your design, as well as a full survey to take accurate measurements of the property. The initial draft drawings of the extension, loft conversion, or garage conversion will also be made during this phase, not to mention the preparations for planning submissions.

Getting Things Approved

With the initial design complete, we move onto the planning phase. This is substantially longer – usually between 10 and 14 weeks. It involves submitting the plans to your Local Authority (LA) for their approval, and resolving any issues that come back. Most local councils work in a state of constant backlog when it comes to planning permission, hence the time it takes to complete this phase successfully.

Technical Elements

Once the plans have been approved in principal, it’s time to add detail to the initial design to ensure is passes building control approval. It takes about 2 or 3 weeks to prepare your project, and another 2 weeks to produce detailed technical drawings of the home improvement. This is then submitted for approval by building control, which can go one of two ways. If submitted to a private company, it will cost more money, but generally be approved within two weeks. If submitted to the council, you can expect a response within eight weeks. Either way, once the technical drawings have been approved, we can move on to the next phase.

Working with Builders

Before you can break ground, you need to get quotes and agree prices with all the necessary trades. That might be a single contractor, our it might involve separate pricing from builders, joiners, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, and so on – depending on the nature of your project. It total, this can take anywhere between 4 and 8 weeks to complete, at which point you’re ready to break ground.

As things stand in the construction industry, you may have problems getting quotes and prices from tradesmen. Many have a backlog, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, as we discussed last time. Likewise, with the costs of materials continuing to rise, many are reluctant to commit to a set price. We can help you here, thanks to our strong working relationship with many local builders and contractors.

Breaking Ground

This is the big one – where all the planning of the previous weeks and months comes together and your home improvement project can begin in earnest. There’s a lot to be done to make sure everything goes according to plan. Fortunately for our customers across Greater Manchester and the broader North West region, we’re there to make it easy for you. We liaise with the builders making sure they arrive on time, with everything they need to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner.

Get in Touch

If you’re looking to start 2022 with a major extension or conversion to your home, now’s the time to start planning for it. Get in touch with Plans 2 Extend today on 07557 367769
to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced planning technicians.

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