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After years of saving and searching our hopes of moving to a decent sized house have once again been dashed by a ridiculous housing bubble.

So we have looked at extending our existing house. We have worked with an architect to draw up some plans for a simple single storey rear extension.

A very basic 7mx3m structure with some steel joists required for large openings to the existing house.

We were expecting to pay around £30k-40k based on quite a lot of research on "typical" build costs plus a premium for being in the area we are in.

The quotes have all come in around the £75k mark. Architect reckons the prices quoted are double what they were in 2011.

Anyone else noticed this in their area?

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After years of saving and searching our hopes of moving to a decent sized house have once again been dashed by a ridiculous housing bubble.

So we have looked at extending our existing house. We have worked with an architect to draw up some plans for a simple single storey rear extension.

A very basic 7mx3m structure with some steel joists required for large openings to the existing house.

We were expecting to pay around £30k-40k based on quite a lot of research on "typical" build costs plus a premium for being in the area we are in.

The quotes have all come in around the £75k mark. Architect reckons the prices quoted are double what they were in 2011.

Anyone else noticed this in their area?

30k for a 21 m^2 addition is madness IMO.

75k, well, is insanity.

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After years of saving and searching our hopes of moving to a decent sized house have once again been dashed by a ridiculous housing bubble.

So we have looked at extending our existing house. We have worked with an architect to draw up some plans for a simple single storey rear extension.

A very basic 7mx3m structure with some steel joists required for large openings to the existing house.

We were expecting to pay around £30k-40k based on quite a lot of research on "typical" build costs plus a premium for being in the area we are in.

The quotes have all come in around the £75k mark. Architect reckons the prices quoted are double what they were in 2011.

Anyone else noticed this in their area?

£1000 sqm is acceptable for something like that , can you not find someone to do the shell ? for around 12-15k ?

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After years of saving and searching our hopes of moving to a decent sized house have once again been dashed by a ridiculous housing bubble.

So we have looked at extending our existing house. We have worked with an architect to draw up some plans for a simple single storey rear extension.

A very basic 7mx3m structure with some steel joists required for large openings to the existing house.

I've just added 80sqm for £85K in Cambridgeshire, a mix of single storey and 2-storey with lots of big window, steelwork for large openings and vaulted ceilings. Basic finish but loads of insulation.

1. Mates rates for groundworks and lighting

2. I did project management

3. I did insulation fitting, painting, clearing up the mess, moving stuff around (lots to do).

4. Good discounts at builder merchants. Use seconds where practical and any special offers.

5. EBay for some materials

6. No architect. I told a draughtsman what to do. He did planning and buildings regs submissions

7. Pay cash as much as possible

8. Never use anyone that charges VAT on labour

9. Cash rates for windows, french doors, steel

10. Plastic piping for plumbing, quicker to fit.

11. Glulam rather than steel for some sections.

12. No architect.

13. No architect.

14. No architect.

15. If still in doubt, no architect. It's just an extension.

16. Read "Builders Bible" by Brinkley.

17. Secondsandco for insulation. I've bought truckloads from them.

18. No skips. Bury/burn/bin what you can.

Yours should be around £30K in standard specs. I've rechecked my numbers many times and getting under £1k/sqm with current building regs is not easy unless you do a lot yourself.

Getting people to turn up seemed to be the hardest thing. If you want to keep the cost down, you have to accept that builders will often work somewhere else first.

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After years of saving and searching our hopes of moving to a decent sized house have once again been dashed by a ridiculous housing bubble.

So we have looked at extending our existing house. We have worked with an architect to draw up some plans for a simple single storey rear extension.

A very basic 7mx3m structure with some steel joists required for large openings to the existing house.

We were expecting to pay around £30k-40k based on quite a lot of research on "typical" build costs plus a premium for being in the area we are in.

The quotes have all come in around the £75k mark. Architect reckons the prices quoted are double what they were in 2011.

Anyone else noticed this in their area?

Are you in London?

My Southampton based (and in the trade) father in law always blown away by London quotes. Doesn't mean you can always find anything cheaper though.

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We did a wraparound extension in 2011 to our 3 bed semi in Warwickshire. 3m out the back, single story sloping roof, 4 skylights, full width of the house, replaced garage roof (old one was bonded asbestos) and came out the front just under a metre for a longer garage and a front porch bit in order not to get rained on when fumbling for keys. The building work included a new downstairs shower room and various internal bits and pieces, like a new stud wall and bits of replastering the old house. Total basic build cost was £45k inc. VAT. We then spent probably another £10k on flooring, bathroom fittings and the new kitchen, and decorating.

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oddly it depends where you live,

In the north and wales you can refurbish an entire house for 10K (according to Homes under the hammer)

Here (cambridge area) that would just about do a kitchen for that.

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oddly it depends where you live,

In the north and wales you can refurbish an entire house for 10K (according to Homes under the hammer)

Here (cambridge area) that would just about do a kitchen for that.

Bloke next door to BIL reckons he's doing just that.

With quality kitchen and bathroom too!

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oddly it depends where you live,

In the north and wales you can refurbish an entire house for 10K (according to Homes under the hammer)

Here (cambridge area) that would just about do a kitchen for that.

...can't see why....surely builders can travel to where the work is? ;)

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Not the best time of year as they get a lot of enquiries around now, and they are all busy with the fallout from the Osbourne bubble.

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Not the best time of year as they get a lot of enquiries around now, and they are all busy with the fallout from the Osbourne bubble.

...bonus time of year?

...can only charge what people can borrow, earn or have......less affluent or affluent looking always secure better rates. ;)

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Not the best time of year as they get a lot of enquiries around now, and they are all busy with the fallout from the Osbourne bubble.

Could be the flooding. Lots of houses need work on after that and prices get inflated when insurance is involved.

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Thanks for the replies, you have confirmed it is a ridiculous price I'm being quoted.

I've had a look around and managed to get quotes down nearer £45k for a "traditional" build.

One place that pre-fabricates the extension off site and then assembles on site has come in at £32k. Still well over £1000 a square meter.

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