Building an extension or renovating? What to expect when you let builders into your home.

Feb 2023 | Blog

Know the process and plan accordingly.

Insulated cavity wall construction

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Building a home extension or renovating can either be a stressful experience or a surprisingly rewarding one. It all boils down to your expectations and understanding of the process involved. The reality is that builders will be in your space for the duration of the project and this can be inconvenient at times. There are certain things you can plan for ahead of time to make the process easier on yourself, so don’t be caught off guard- Here is a list of what to expect when the day finally arrives.

Planning is key.

Whatever works are planned, whether you are building an extension, renovating your home or converting your loft- builders will need access in and around your home. Take the time to think of the best possible routes the builders can take. For interior work, make sure there are clear areas to walk in and ask the builders to lay down protection to preserve floors or furniture. To minimise risk and avoid damage, you may have to remove some pictures from the walls or roll up loose carpets. If builders are working outside, ensure all side gates are open and provide them with a set of keys so that they don’t have to knock on your door every time they need to get in. If you have pets, keep them inside or make sure the builders know to keep the outside area secure at all times.

It’s going to get loud… and dusty.


A breaker makes a lot of noise, and dust!

Planning on having friends over for tea? Have an important zoom meeting coming up? Talk to the builders and decide on a convenient time that will suit you and them for some peace and quiet. With internal works, plastic sheets will most likely be strewn all over your home to protect your furniture or floors. Keep your bedroom and other non-work area doors closed to avoid dust from getting in. The sound of hammers and power tools will become a familiar background noise in your home but remember that these sounds are a reminder that your dream project is getting closer and closer                                                                                     to completion!

Know your builders

Over the years at DK Building, we have built a great team. It’s reassuring to know your builders are professional and trustworthy. Builders will spend a large amount of time in your home and it helps when you get to know the people you will be sharing your home with. Offer builders a cup of coffee and have a chat. A portable toilet will be made available for the duration of the project but if this is not possible provide builders with a designated bathroom. Communication is key;  Raise concerns and ask questions. Remember, the inconvenience of having builders in your home will pale in comparison to the reward you experience when your home extension or renovation is complete!

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