Extending Your Home

In an uncertain housing market, an increasing number of people are choosing not to move home, but to stay put and extend their properties. JG Joiners and Builders are experts in this field and can help you design your house extension project from start to finish.

Designing your Extension

First of all, work out if you wish to extend a loft or garage, or simply enlarge an existing room with the addition of a dormer window, or build an extension from footings to roof. If at all possible have an informal chat with your neighbours to reassure them that your proposed extension won’t block their access to natural light, and that you’ll keep any disruption as a result of building work to a minimum.

If you’re going to need planning permission for your house extension, it’s always a good idea to keep the neighbours on side. Complaints and the redrawing of plans can be costly. If you use us for your project, we can guide you through the planning process right through to the completed product.

The Planning Permission Process

Most loft conversions and garage conversions won’t require planning permission, but if you’re in Scotland you will still need a building warranty for this work. Single storey extensions don’t need planning permission, but two storey house extensions do. In order to receive a warranty you must be able to provide architectural drawings showing proposed elevations and any other architectural details. In fact it’s a good idea to present your local planning office with as much information as possible.

If approved, it’s up to your builders to inform the council when the work will start and communicate with the council throughout the course of your extension build. A certificate of completion will only be issued if the building work is of suitably high quality

Planning a budget

All house extensions cost money, and you should work out a budget in order to ensure that you can finish your building project. Take into account the costs of drawing up plans, potential architect’s fees and the cost of a building warranty, or planning permission.

Costs for a building warranty are taken as a percentage of the cost of the whole build. If you can afford a contingency fund, this is a great idea in case you change your mind during the build and decide that you want some additional features in your extension.

JG Joiners and Builders is a firm of expert builders in West Lothian, committed to giving a free no obligation quotation in order to help you plan accordingly. We also offer a 12-month quality guarantee on all our workmanship

Picking the right builder

It’s always a good idea to get three separate quotes for any proposed building work. Just remember that the cheapest quote won’t necessarily be the best. You need to choose a building firm that’s experienced and has a reputation for a high standard of craftsmanship. Always ask if you can see any examples of the builders’ work, to give you an idea of the standard that you can expect on your property. If you like the firm’s examples, feel that you can talk to the easily and are confident in the firm’s abilities, then this will be the right builder for you.

So if your considering a house extension then contact us today to talk it through and take the first steps towards making your vision a reality.

Customer Satisfaction is Vital

Builders often receive a bad press; their work is sometimes slipshod, they appear on ‘Watchdog’ and it’s difficult for the public to appreciate that some building firms do offer a consistent high quality service, and have an excellent reputation for their work.

Finding a Reputable Builder

If you’re looking for a building firm in West Lothian, that’s proud of the quality of its work and has earned a solid reputation amongst its customers, then JG Joiners and Builders should be your first port of call. We have been in business for 27 years and have an excellent track record for communicating with our customers and consistently offering a high quality of craftsmanship in our work. Budgets are as important to us as well as our customer, and we pride ourselves for completing our work on time and within budget. Therefore, we offer a fixed price, and we also offer a timetable so that you’ll know exactly how long your building work will take and cost.

Our Range of Work

We are experienced in many areas of building and construction. If you’re looking for an affordable loft conversion, a garage conversion, a new fitted bathroom, or some simple household renovations and remodelling we can help you. We can also build houses from scratch. We will work with you to guide you through all stages of the planning process. Building projects sometimes change, we are flexible, and we will ensure that your dream home is completed to your complete satisfaction. Because we are proud of the quality of our work we offer a 12-month workmanship guarantee. We don’t expect our customers to be building experts, - that’s our job, so you can always feel free to ask us any questions during the process and we will explain why we are carrying out certain jobs and their place in your building schedule. We aim for 100% customer satisfaction.

Commercial Building Work

We also have a good local reputation for our commercial work. We carry out property maintenance, which entails managing the daily repairs that are part and parcel of any commercial building. We can also carry out any major office refurbishments and large-scale exterior projects. Caesar & Howie, ESA McIntosh and the WGM Group are all satisfied customers. We also ensure that there is as little disruption to the working life of your company when we are on site.

Bespoke Joinery

Joinery is a craft and we use the highest quality joiners to create tailor-made furniture built to your specification. We have created bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms where function is as important as form. If you want to create a dream room you can work with our expert team who can help you by constructing a beautiful fixture or fitting that will correspond with your lifestyle and beauty to your home. No project is too big or too small.

Get in Touch

Contact us today for a free no obligation quotation and let’s work together to create your dream.