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South Wales Award Winning Reputable Builder Employee Dies

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Derwood Homes South Wales Reputable Builder Suffers a Huge Loss

It is with deep regret and sadness that I write this blog post to announce the passing of one of our exceptional employees Vaughan Harding.

Vaughan HardingVaughan was suddenly diagnosed with having an aggressive form of cancer on New Years Eve 2013 and then sadly past away on March the 16th 2014.

The making and success of any business is always dependent on team work, quality of work and the service employees offer not only to customers but also the company they work for. Vaughan was a perfect example of someone who loved his job, his family and friends and who helped us create our reputation.

The commitment and hard work he put in each and every day was a perfect example of a man who gave 110% to everything he did. Vaughan served in the Army before becoming a quality bricklayer and joining Derwood homes. Vaughans skills, dedication and quality of work were a huge asset not only to himself and everyone he work for during his life..

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We are so proud to be able to say that Vaughan was an outstanding brick layer and builder who was always smiling. He made everyone around him feel worthy and happy. Our customers loved having him around and always thoroughly enjoyed his company.

Vaughan helped make Derwood Homes the Reputable Building Company that it is today. He was the life and joy of our recent Christmas Party and will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, his two lovely children and his family who no doubt cannot understand why such a lovely, caring young man, husband and dad has suddenly been taken away from them.

God Bless you Vaughan… Rest in Peace.

Derwood Homes


Builder In Cardiff Finds HiddenTreasure

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Do you ever dream about finding some hidden treasure…. 

Demand for our services is growing by the day which is great news since it gives us the opportunity not only to prove what a good builder in Cardiff we really are but also the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different and exciting projects…

Reputable Builder in Cardiff South Wales finds TreasureBeing such a 1st class quality builder in Cardiff  has meant that demand for our services now stretches across more and more areas within South Wales  including places like Caerphilly, Bridgend, Porthcawl and then along the M4 Corridor down to Swansea.

This means that we get to work in all sorts of terrain, beautiful landscapes, some historic, some within the Welsh Valleys and others along the amazing Welsh coast line…

Derwood Homes… An Honest, Reputable Builder In Cardiff

Offering a 1st class quality building service, is not just the key factor customers look for…. honesty also plays an important part which is why we are keen to share with you some exciting news about a small treasure box that we found during some excavation works on a recent building project in Cardiff. Highly reputable builder in South Wales

I imagine that most builders  dream about finding some hidden treasure.

Well, that is exactly what happened to us whilst carrying out some building work in Cardiff for one of our customers.

Many of our building projects  need some excavation work to be carried out, whether we are building a new ‘self build home‘ for a customer or a new House Extension, an Orangery or maybe during  the renovation or refurbishment on a property …

You see whenever excavation work is carried out, you have to be vigilant and extremely careful at all times to ensure that you don’t cause any damage to any underground utility services such as electric cables, gas or water mains or even tree roots or nearby foundations of an existing property….

Hence why whenever we see something that looks unusual whilst  excavating or constructing foundations for a project, we have to check what it is before before proceeding…  which is exactly what we did when we uncovered what looked like a small treasure box ……

What we found was very unusual indeed and yes we did think that we had struck Gold !!!

Reputable Builder In South Wales Covering Cardiff Bridgend Porthcawl and SwanseaWhat we found inside was a large amount of live ammunition including a German Officers Luger Pistol dated 1916 in prestige condition !!!

Well, we couldn’t believe our eyes… It was an amazing sight…. Then of course reality kicked in…

Not only were we excited to break the news to our customer we also knew that we would have to inform the Police so they could deal with the large quantity of ‘live ammunition’ for obvious safety reasons. It wasn’t long before we discovered that the Pistol, to our customers delight was worth a considerable amount of money…

No doubt there is some exciting historical story behind our find …..

Strike It Lucky With A Reputable Builder Cardiff

So, if you are looking for a Reputable Builder in Cardfiff or anywhere else in South Wales, that offers an honest , high quality standard of work, then look no further. ‘Derwood Homes’ is just the builder you need… Although we can guarantee you a 1st class service with excellent workmanship at competitive prices, sadly we cannot promise that we will find some hidden treasure for you… !

Although we will try our very best !!

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Reputable Builders Delivering A Speedy Service

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Derwood Homes and Developments... Quality Builders who’s reputation continues to grow !

You may well have heard about us, seen us at work or even our vans dotted around South Wales.

As highly reputable quality builders we believe that our image is as important as our skills and the service we offer to all of our customers.

We all know that the building and construction industry has been hit hard over the years just like many other businesses, making investing in a business more difficult than ever.

However, despite profit margins being squeezed we are determined to invest our profits back into our business.

This will no doubt ensure that our image, service and productivity helps us to continue and improve the service we offer which is why we recently signed up to one of Ford’s special offers and leased purchased a new Ford Transit van to add to our fleet

Although in the past we have purchased Renault vans, the Ford Transit met our needs at a price we could just about afford.

It offers more room so we can carry more stock as well as being able to collect larger bulk building materials from our suppliers.

As you can see from the photos we ‘kitted’ the rear of the van out with a slim line racking system from a great little company called ‘van tidy’ as well as the roof with a new Rhino Roof Rack and a few other accessories.

We then gave the van some finishing touch and designed the imagery to suit, and hey presto we now have a great new van that is already proving to advertise the services we offer.

The Ford Transit offers everything we need to be able to build new homes, new house extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions and even basement conversions.

I have to admit, that the ford transit is definitely hard to beat as a van and a tool. The only trouble now is that here at Derwood Homes we are all arguing over who is to drive it !

So when you see us nearby give us a wave or better still say Hello !

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How to Spot a Cowboy Builder

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The news is full of scarey stories about rogue builders

So how do you tell the good guys from the dodgy dealers? Here’s our guide to avoiding cowboy workers: How to avoid cowboy builders

  1. Don’t consider cold callers. If someone turns up on your doorstep offering to carry out work, there’s a good chance they are not above board. Similarly, be wary of flyers pushed through the letterbox with only a mobile number and no registered details.
  2. Appearances matter. Does the builder look scruffy or smart? Take a look at his or her van too. If it’s unmarked and unbranded, steer clear.
  3. Ask for references or recommendations and, if possible, inspect work the builder has previously carried out. Websites such as are useful if you want to check someone out.
  4. Be suspicious if the builder asks for money up front or for cash only. Ask for receipts throughout and make sure you and the builder sign a contract before work starts, including the total cost and start and finish dates. The Federation of Master Builders has a ‘Plain English’ contract which you can download for free.
  5. Remember that good builders are busy builders and usually have a waiting list.

Here at Derwood Homes and Developments our biggest asset is our reputation, which is why demand for our services is growing by the day.

Our mission is to provide our customers with the best possible service at all times..

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Looking For A Good Builder

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

I Need A Good Builder in Bridgend

Sound familiar?

Are You Looking for a Good builder? I need a good reputable builder in Cardiff

Have you ever been in the situation before where you have struggled to find a good reputable builder or has anyone ever asked if  ‘ you know a good builder?’

Finding a good reputable builder is not always easy because people are very often skeptical due to the bad press and TV Programmes that illustrate some builders as being rouge builders, but don’t let that put you off.. It’s not as bad is it all sounds.

If you are looking for a good reputable builder, then word of mouth is always a good starting point. Another way is by looking on the Internet to search for a recommended and reputable builder.   

Simply go online and type in ‘I am looking for a builder in Bridgend ‘ or Cardiff,  Porthcawl , Caerphilly, Barry or South Wales for example. Naming the town where you live will help narrow down the search so that you can find a good reputable builder near you.   

Internet Search engines such as Google will then highlight a few options for you to consider. I would highly recommend that you arrange a free no obligation meeting with a few of tGood Builder in Bridgend and Cardiffhe builders that look reputable to you. This will give you the opportunity to meet the builder of your choice in person so that you can get to know them in person.

Building a rapport with a good reputable builder before committing to any type of contract is definitely a good idea. Believe it or not there are lots of people that have deliberately deceived builders in the same way some builders have deceived their customers, which is why both parties may be nervous about one another other to begin with.  Communication and ensuring that every aspect of a project is discussed is extremely important before is starts.

Most good reputable builders offer a good open and honest service and are very trust worthy when it comes to customers paying for the work that is being carried out.

By offering a service whether it is as a builder or any other type of service it means cash flow and being able to pay wages is just as important to a reputable builder as is the work being done to a high standard to a customer.

We at Derwood Homes and Developments for example understand how important this is and that construction terminology and schedules may not be the same as a customer’s way of thinking.

This is why it is so important for both parties to communicate openly as possible to ensure that the working relationship that develops is a good one… just like in any marriage!Reputable buuilder in Cardiff and Caerphilly

If you are looking for a builder, what very often stands out is a builder that turns up every day to carry out a good hard days work, is clean, efficient, professional and very helpful in talking through each stage with their customer. Regardless how good and reputable a builder may be, having construction works done in your home can be stressful. Again, don’t let this put you off, discuss with your builder any concerns you have with regards to any disruption to your day to day activities and what can be done to minimize the effects.

Most builders are keen to help and please their customers, so don’t be afraid to sit down and have a cup of coffee with your builder to discuss each day or stage as things progress.

Developing a good working relationship with a builder is the key and will keep everyone happy and of course make your project worthwhile. Whether you’re looking to have a loft or attic conversion, a new house extension, garage conversion or any type of building work we at Derwood Homes and Developments would be glad to help.

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Bridgend Builder Teaches Clients How To Make Money

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Make Money In Your Home By Fitting Simple Money Saving Devices 

It’s that time of year where the dark nights and cold weather can make life a little miserable.

The good news is as a reputable Bridgend Builder we love help our customers make money and save money by following these simple steps around your home. Where there is the ‘will’ there is also a way! With energy and utility bills rocketing you really should be looking at ways to reduce them.Money making ideas

If you are on a water meter you can cut your water bills by installing a couple of simple devices to reduce your usage. Flushing the toilet accounts for about a third of all household water use, and several water companies offer free “save-a-flush” devices.

Putting one of these in your toilet cistern will reduce the volume of water used every time you flush. In fact you can even placed two bricks in each of your toilet cisterns to save on water consumption and costs. A simple idea that really does work.

There is also a device called ShowerSmart that helps to reduce amount of water and energy used when having a shower.They are simply fitted to  non-electric showers to regulate the flow of water, and the makers claim the yearly savings for an average family are about 6% on gas bills and 6% on water bills.If your haven’t already done so, start fitting energy saving light bulbs to every light source in your home.

Being a reputable cardiff builder and bridgend builder servicing most areas area South Wales we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote to carry out any of our money savings tips.  When we construct new self build houses for customers, or house extensions or even loft conversions current building regulations now mean that energy conservation is paramount in design and construction.

Bridgend Builder Helps You To Make MoneySome companies are giving these away for free so it is worth while asking. You could save as much as 30% on your electric bills. Teach everyone in the family to get into the habit of turning electrical appliances and lights off when not in use. Then of course there is the obvious, make sure that your loft / attic space has at least 300 mm of insulation to prevent heat being lost through your roof.

If you haven’t already got at least 300 mm of insulation in your attic then pop down the likes of B & Q a grab some extra rolls that are on offer and fit them in your loft. You can save an extra 12 % on heat loss. Make sure every pipe is insulated as well. 

Turn the thermostat down by 1 % in each of your rooms. It will save you on average about £70 a year. Again, turn each radiator thermostat down by a notch to help save money. Try and keep all doors closed throughout the house. This will definately help save on fuel bills.

Just as important is to get your boiler serviced. Just like a car if it isn’t serviced you can bet it is operating below standard. Oh and by the way, why not check in on your elderly neightbours to ensure that they are coping during the winter… you could even give them some money making tips.

If you would us to fit any of these devices feel free to contact us here at any time at ……… we would be glad to help.In the mean time wrap up warm and start thinking about saving money. Every penny counts.

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How To Choose A Reputable Builder In South Wales

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Finding A Reliable And Reputable Builder in Bridgend, Cardiff And South Wales

We all hear stories like the plumber that charged an elderly man £2,880 an hour and the family that scammed pensioners out of £1million – it can be nightmare to find a trustworthy and reputable builder when you need building work done at your home.

In fact, Brits fork out over a staggering £737 million to rectify botched jobs by cowboy builders each year, so it is crucial to choose your builder with care. Around 6.2 million (13%) of people in the UK have fallen foul of cowboy builders in the past five years, according to research from Sainsbury’s home insurance, and have had to fork out nearly £3.7bn to rectify botched buildng jobs during this time. Analysis shows plumbers have caused the most damage, with 1.4m homeowners suffering from their poor quality work since 2006. Most homes are now having new extensions built as well as loft conversions, landscaping work and garage conversions constructed rather than move home.

Reputable Builders South Wales

Reputable Builders South Wales

Of those of us that have fallen victim to a cowboy bulder, an average £2,077 was paid for the work they carried out. On top of this amount homeowners had to pay nearly £600 to either repair the damage or complete the unfinished job. While over 150,000 people are estimated to have paid over £5000 to rectify a botched job. Ben Tyte, Head of Sainsbury’s Home Insurance comments: “We’re concerned that so many homeowners have to rectify poor workmanship carried out by builders they’ve employed in good faith to work in their homes“.

It’s completely unacceptable that building remedial costs are exceeding £700 million. Of course the burden isn’t just financial; there can be a great deal of personal stress attached to these difficult situations including the clean up and often confrontation. On the other side of the coin, there are people who deliberately appoint builders with the intention of never paying for the excellent work they carry out, which then causes huge problems, very often leading towards the builders reputation being tarnished.

Cost over quality
Coming from a family of reputable building and construction porfessionals, I’m aware that the dodgy guys often undercut reasonable quotes in order to secure the work. Yet accepting suspiciously low quotes can be the start of costly mistakes, that sees quality sacrificed in favour of saving money and homeowners being faced with footing an even higher bill to put botched building works right. Ok, we may well blow our own trumpet and claim that Derwood Homes and Developments are excellent repuatable builders, but like everyone else we can make mistakes, but the main thing to look out for is a builder who is keen to please their customers and even admit and rectify any silly mistakes they may make without trying to charge you for doing so.

Tyte addes: “In these challenging economic times, it’s understandable that people want to cut back on costs but where work to the home is concerned it’s just not worth the risk. It’s simply false economy, especially if you’ve invalidated your home insurance by not taking due care. It’s imperative you hire a quality builder, and make sure that the work is done properly.”

Sainsbury’s home insurance warns that in extreme cases, if a homeowner is proven not to have taken reasonable care of their property, they could also risk invalidating their home insurance.

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Professional Builders

So how should you choose a reputable builder?

  • Spend time researching – ask for friends, family or neighbours for recommendations.
  • Follow up references – contact the names the builder gives you and ask to view the work. Happy customers should always be happy to talk and show you the building work they have had done
  • Always check for relevant qualifications and accreditations, from associations such as FMB and the NHBC
  • Always seek at least three quotes and don’t automatically opt for the cheapest. You may well regret it !
  • Get everything in writing, including a breakdown of costs and a completion date for the project.
  • Check your home insurance to ensure you are covered for the work and if a 24-hour home emergency advice service is available should things go wrong.

It is advisable to appoint a builder who has all of the skills and tradesmen within his own team of men. This will ensure that the complete project is carried out efficiently and to the same standards everyone expects. It even means that the builder is in complete control of the project and responsible for everyone working in your home.

Yes, there are nightmare builders out there, but there are also some excellent ones as well.

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Planning Permission – The Basic Requirements

Friday, October 14th, 2011

How To Get Planning Permission

There Are Some Very Basic Things To Consider Prior To Applying For Planning PermissionFor A New House, A Loft Conversion, or a House Extension.

Over the last 12 months planning rules have changed and in particular so have Building Regulations. The process towards obtaining Planning Permission, in our opinion hasn’t become easier as the government promised. In fact, if truth be known, we could seriously question what if anything the government have done to help the building industry, in particular the so call small builder and developer, let alone people who simply no longer can afford to move house and instead want to carry out refurbishment works.  3d_architecture_concept

Before I get carried away with myself let’s consider what you can do to ensure that whatever planning application you are considering, you can at least help make your application process flow smoothly hence avoiding any long delays.

Here are 10 hots tips for you to consider towards putting together a planning application that in turn will definately help you to save time and money and prevent you from tearing your hair out.

  • Think carefully what it is you would like to achieve and why. In other words, a bigger kitchen, extra loft space for a play room, a bigger lounge or even a garage.
  • It is worth while doing a Google street view search of your property to try and visualize the impact it might have on the street view and your neightbours. This will give you an insight as to whether your expections will over effect your neighbours.
  • Have a chat with your neighbours to see what their thoughts would be and to establish if they would have any objections. It is always best ot have them on your side rather than the other way around.
  • Local planners always consider the impact a house extension, loft conversion, or a garage conversion would have on the street scene and how it would look in comparasion to adjourning properties, so bear this in mind when considering the size and style of what you are considering . It is no good asking for planning permission to build a black house in the middle of a white house, because it would stick out like a sore thumb !
  • The fees that local authorities charge for applying for planning or building regulations have all increased. Some authorities now even charge to consult them for advice. So long gone are the days of being able to pop in to see the planning officer for Free Advice.. Typcial!
    However, their advice could still be worth paying for . That said, just because a local planning officer may not agree with an application whether it be a loft conversion or large extension, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get permission granted. More and more planning appeals are being won than ever before because of the way some local authorities previously ran their departments.Planning Application, Loft Conversion, Garage Conversion, House Extension
  • It is worth while appointing a good builder, architect or engineer who can help you. Someone who is experienced in planning rules and if at all possible can offer who a complete design and build package.
  • Sadly for some reason the local authorities create a lot of unnecessary stress, delays and costs for ordinary people because of the way they operate their services. This can also be very demoralising and extremely stressful for people which has led them to give up trying, Having someone who can offer you a complete package and take away all of the stresses and strains is worth it’s weight in gold.
  • Set yourself a budget and have your project designed around such a budget rather than the other way around.
  • Alway, always, always take into consideration that you may spend more than you anticipated on design and engineering costs towards applying for planning permission and building regulations.
  • It is well worth asking what the design costs, application fees and engineering and building regulation fees will be, prior to kick starting your application.

With new Planning and Building legislation now in place it is a sad fact that costs are rising all the time. So be prepared for how quickly the design and planning fees can all add up to before you even start to dig a hole !

Yours Truly



Why People Love Our Loft Conversions

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Quality, Service, Professionlism And A Loft Conversion To be Proud of.

As well as providing some much needed extra space and increasing the value of your property, having a loft conversion can be a relatively pain-free process, but only if you get the right people on board.  At Derwood Homes, we’re passionate about the loft conversions we do, but don’t take our word for it; here are 12 reasons why our customers say they love our loft conversions:

  1. We get you the result you want, the result you deserve, on time and on budget.  It’s that simple.  We’re close to and 100% committed to our customers.  Everything we do, we do with our customers in mind.
  2. We know what we’re doing.  We have more than 10 years experience realising top quality loft conversion projects for our happy clients in Cardiff, Bridgend, Barry and throughout South Wales, so we know what’s what and who’s who when it comes to realising your loft conversion project.
  3. We’re a one-stop-shop, which means you won’t be spending your time trying to manage your project, trying to take it from one stage to the next.  Our job is to take your project from start to finish.
  4. Everyone who works with us and for us is hard working, committed, considerate and tidy with a good sense of humour!  This matters.  This matters because it makes for a happy team as well as happy customers. iStock_000010856590XSmall
  5. We get your loft conversion completed with minimal disruption.  Of course any major home improvement project contains a hassle factor, but we do our utmost to minimise disruption to your day to day life while your loft is being converted.
  6. We have our finger on the pulse when it comes to planning and rules and regulations which means you can rest assured that your project is being done properly and will benefit from all the necessary documentation and certification.
  7. We work all hours.  In the unlikely event that your loft conversion is running behind schedule, we’ll pull out all the stops to get it back on track.  We’ve been known to work weekends in snow and rain to get our customers projects finished on time.
  8. We listen to our clients and make it our job to really understand what they’re hoping to achieve.  This is important, because it’s your project, not ours: we’re only there to realise your dreams.
  9. We have ideas.  Because we’ve been converting lofts “man and boy”, we have seen most ideas put into action.  We can bring ideas, big and small to the table to help make your project even more successful.
  10. The “Boss” is available, visible, accessible and involved.  Our customers appreciate that they have direct access at all times to me, Roy Derrick, who heads up Derwood Homes.  I mightn’t always have an immediate answer to your question, but I’ll certainly know where to find it!
  11. We are recommended by our clients.  The fact that our clients recommend us makes us very proud of what we do.  It makes it all worthwhile.
  12. We offer FREE quotes which means you can find out if your loft conversion project is feasible and affordable at no cost to you and without obligation.

All in all a simple loft conversion can provide answers to numerous scenarios and can also add value as well as extra space to your existing property. However, if you ever consider having a loft conversion, remember to choose an established, reliable builder who can provide testimonials of their work. This will help to ensure that the project runs smoothly to help you realise your dreams in a relatively stress free way.

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5 Top Tips Towards Creating Your New House Extension

Friday, March 18th, 2011

What To Consider When Thinking About Adding A New Extension

To Your Home !

Whether you are looking to add a great new space to your home or to add value to your home, we have some great tips to keep in mind when pursuing this project. So where to start? When planning a big new build there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind.

Top Tip 1: Decide what you want! We understand that there may be many things running around in your mind, but to avoid sleepless nights, ideally decide what you want as soon as possible. Indulge in some internet research or pick up a few house improvements magazines for some ideas. This will be the biggest decisions you are likely to make along your journey, so we encourage you to make the right decision for yourself. A single storey build to the rear of your property is what a lot of people decide upon, but you might have a side extension in mind? Also there is the option of a double storey build to add more than one room to your home, maybe a kitchen as well as an en-suite? Whatever you have in mind, make sure you feel comfortable with the plans.

Top Tip 2: The next important stage is the costing. Please don’t be disheartened by money costs, you may be pleasantly surprised by how much the build may not cost. We urge you to look around for different quotes from different builders, go for a builder who has a recognised name or has a selection of past testimonials to prove they are who they seem. It may be a good idea to construct a plan before starting any work, to set out a budget to the amount of money you want to spend and an emergency fund in the case of an emergency. Architecture project

Top Tip 3: The design needs to be taken into consideration. Although you may have already thought about this in the first tip, we would like to support you in making the right decision for the outside look of your extension. Do you want an ultra-modern look to your new extension or would you want it to blend in with the rest of the house? There may be different costs depending on what look suits you. Also we would like to remind you to remember to take into account the windows you want to include in your extension. Do you want them to match or something to modernise the look. Again we encourage you to shop around for different quotes.

Top Tip 4: Choosing an architect can be a difficult shop around. It will become apparent when your extension is built to what architect you chose. We persuade you to choose the right architect for what type of build you require. Many architects might have a modern feel for extensions or others more original. A great place to start is The Royal Institute of British Architects or The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. These architects will then know if your plans are likely to be passed through planning permission and have contacts in that area of expertise. Please don’t be disheartened if you have to change your original plans a little. Once you’ve chosen the right architect you should be able to trust them but don’t be afraid to share your opinions after all your paying.

Top Tip 5: Last but not least, try and take into consideration many different gadgets you could include into your project. What we mean by this is recyclable materials, ways to save energy in the long run, possibly solar panels? There are many companies to contact who can assist you further. Think about the amount of light that will enter your property. If the extension will be facing the sun throughout the day, it could be extremely beneficial to fork out the extra money for solar panels that will save you money in the future. Although these are far from a necessity but we would like to encourage you to keep them in mind, especially if you are going for the modern look, they can add the finishing modern touches.

We would now like to wish you the best of luck in your new build and hope these top tips help you on your way to a stress free house extension.

If we can help in any way please feel free to contact us here.