Ensure your extension project goes without a hitch with Arboreta’s top tips

Adding an extension to your home can not only bring in extra space and light, but can also add value to your property. Oak frame design and building company Arboreta is a specialist in this area, as the team designs and builds bespoke conservatories, garden rooms, annexes and extensions made from natural oak.

As with any major building project, issues can appear when you least expect them to, so it’s best to be prepared for any pitfalls. Emyr Davies, design manager at Arboreta, offers his top tips for dealing with problems that may arise during your extension project:

Limited access

If access to a property is limited, this can sometimes make transporting building materials and removing the excavated waste difficult. In some circumstances, large items can be lifted over the top of the house using a crane or they will have to be transported through the house itself. It’s therefore essential to ensure that the floors, fittings and walls are all protected. Fortunately, with Arboreta oak frame designs, we are able to assemble the pieces on site, so we are generally able to overcome limited access problems.

Underground drains

It’s important to work out the location of underground drains before you start work on an extension project, to ensure that you don’t damage them during building work. You can look at maps of public sewers free of charge through a visit to your local authority. However private sewers and drains are not normally mapped. In this instance drain covers give an indication of drains below and by lifting the cover, it may be possible to see the direction, size and depth of the pipes. At Arboreta, we can advise you on these issues before work starts on your extension.

Heating considerations

An oak-framed extension will add warmth and character to your home, but you must ensure your current heating system can cope with the extra space it will need to keep warm. Check whether your boiler needs replacing – modern boilers tend to have a lifespan of up to 20 years. If you are thinking of moving your boiler in order to heat your extension then, under building regulations, this is seen as a new installation. Also, if the boiler you want to move is not a High Efficiency boiler you will need to purchase a new one to conform to building regulations. At Arboreta, all these things will be taken into consideration as part of your oak-framed extension project.

Arboreta offers no obligation consultations from an experienced design team across the UK and prices start from around £25,000 for an oak frame conservatory, including VAT.