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22nd June 2023

4 Biggest Benefits of Building Your Own Home Extension

Building your own extension has become one of the biggest design trends of 2023. It’s a much more affordable approach than a traditional extension, making it a tempting choice with the cost-of-living crisis in full swing. But cost savings aren’t all you’ll get.

Trade Price are the UK’s leading specialists in DIY extensions and conservatories. Below, we delve into the 4 main reasons why building your own extension is the way to go.

1. Save money on labour and architect fees

This is probably the main reason why DIY extensions have become so popular. With a traditional single-storey extension, you’ll need to pay for the materials, labour, and structural calculations – all of this can add up to a total cost of £30,000 to £125,000, depending on the size and layout of the extension. Not cheap!

If you choose a DIY extension, on the other hand, you only need to pay for the materials themselves. You won’t have to cover labour, engineer, survey, or architect fees, saving you tens of thousands overall.

You might think building your own extension requires a lot of technical knowledge, but you’d be surprised. Most people who build their own extensions aren’t builders or architects – just everyday people! In fact, most DIY extension kits are made with amateur DIYers in mind!

Trade Price’s extension kits start at only £1,200 per square metre, making them some of the most affordable kits on the market. We also offer a variety of finance options, so you can spread the cost as needed.

2. Guarantee high-quality components

Traditional extensions require you to put your trust in a builder without any guarantee of quality results. If you hire an unreliable builder, you may end up facing unexpected costs and being left with an extension that doesn’t meet your expectations.

On the flipside, DIY extension kits are much less likely to disappoint. They’re engineered and customised to fit your unique specifications, guaranteeing a premium level of quality every single time. You can feel confident knowing that your DIY extension will be built to the highest standards, meeting all your specific requirements.

On top of the quality aspect, DIY extensions also come with the added benefit of being tidier than traditional builds. You’ll only receive the materials you actually need, minimising waste and reducing the amount of construction debris in your garden. There’s also no need to worry about pricey on-site skips, making the process even more cost-effective.

At Trade Price, all our builds are made using premium-quality, highly insulated components and come covered by a comprehensive 10-year guarantee, giving you complete peace of mind.

3. Save time during the build process

Before work can even start on a traditional extension, you’ll have to wait for your builders to have availability in their schedules. This could take a few weeks or even months. Once construction begins, it will typically take around 6 to 8 weeks to complete. Unfortunately, there’s always a risk of material shortages or contractor absences, which can further slow down the process (and end up costing you more!).

With a DIY extension, on the other hand, you can start building as soon as the materials are delivered. You’ll have the freedom to work at your own pace and fit the construction around your schedule, without having to rely on the availability of builders. Since all the necessary materials are included, you won’t have to worry about any unexpected delays. This means you can bring your extension to life much sooner!

Trade Price’s self-build extensions have an impressively short lead time of only 4 weeks. We also provide a comprehensive survey and make sure our systems-approved kits comply with all building regulations, so you don’t need to waste time arranging for structural calculations.

4. Learn valuable skills and enjoy a sense of pride in your work!

Building your own home extension doesn’t just save you time and money – it provides a unique opportunity to learn and grow.

Throughout the process, you’ll learn valuable skills in construction and design. You can then apply this newfound knowledge to future projects and even help others in their own DIY endeavours.

And let’s not forget about the amazing feeling of accomplishment that building your own extension brings! From laying the foundation to adding the final touches, you’ll be involved in every step of bringing your extension to life. This sense of accomplishment will make you appreciate your home all the more – imagine walking into your extension and knowing it was built by your own hands!

Trade Price’s extension kits all come with simple-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, which make the process easy for even inexperienced builders. We’re always available to provide help and guidance where needed, so if you’re ever unsure about your next step, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Create the home extension of your dreams with Trade Price

With all these benefits in mind, it’s no surprise that DIY extensions are getting more and more popular. They provide the extra living space you’re looking for, and achieve this without the high costs, long timelines, and hassle you’d get with traditional builds.

At Trade Price, we design and supply made-to-measure DIY extension kits for houses of all shapes and sizes. Available in a huge range of design options, you can customise your kit to your heart’s content – choose the roof, windows, doors, colours, and more!

If you’d like to experience the quality of our extensions firsthand, why not visit our spacious showroom in Somerset? Our knowledgeable team will be happy to give you a personal tour, answer your questions, and discuss your project requirements in detail. You can easily book a visit online or call us on 01202 399999 – we can’t wait to help you turn your dream extension into a reality!