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Home Extension Manual

The step-by-step guide to planning, building and managing a project
August 2011
Ian Alistair Rock
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During the housing boom at the start of the decade if homeowners ran out of space they would simply move up the property ladder to a larger house. But in these times of financial insecurity, when fewer mortgages are available, many more people are taking the other option - extending.

The Haynes Home Extension Manual is the top selling home extension book in the UK and one of Haynes' best-selling titles. The new updated edition tells you everything you need to know about extending your home including all the latest information about how to get valuable planning permission and comply with building regulations. In fact, as the book explains in detail, you can normally build quite large side and rear extensions without requiring planning permission at all - for example two storey rear extensions up to 3 metres deep.

There is an entirely new chapter showing how to transform your home by building a highly desirable traditional oak frame extension employing the latest energy-saving technology, or a contemporary pure glass structure that really brings the outside inside. There is also up-to-the-minute information on sustainable and environmentally friendly designs - making this the only home extension book to cover eco-design in any detail.

Each chapter is devoted to a key part of the build - foundations, site investigations, walls, floors, electrics, plumbing and heating, plastering and decoration. With easy-to-follow instructions and hundreds of colour photographs, this updated edition will show you how to stay firmly in control.

Everyone dreads getting the builders in, but whether you are employing an architect to manage the whole project or doing it all yourself, the Home Extension Manual will guide you safely through the process. The manual includes a detailed guide to project management and useful tips on how to avoid cost overruns and spot bad workmanship.

From foundations and drainage to snagging and completion this step-by-step guide will cut out some of the stress of 'getting the builders in'. If you want to save money and manage the build yourself, this manual provides an invaluable 'how to' guide - explaining the entire process, debunking the jargon and, reassuringly, showing what to do if things go wrong. The Haynes Home Extension manual will help you achieve a high-quality extension completed on time and within budget.

The author

Ian Alistair Rock is an experienced chartered surveyor and freelance writer who has contributed articles to The Observer, Build It, Move or Improve and numerous other publications. He has designed and managed home extension projects since the late 1980s. He is director of a chartered surveying consultancy and a well-known speaker at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre and property conferences around the country. Alongside his other books for Haynes, which include Victorian House Manual, 1930's House Manual and Loft Conversion Manual, Ian now shares his extension-building experiences - the good, the bad and the downright scary.

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