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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:52 pm 
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I am planning to have small extension namely 5m sq. involves the normal from foundation, footing, double brick wall....etc. I don't have a builder.
There are websites (which I am not naming them) where am asked for my details and builders will contact me to quote for the job. Is this a good way to find builders? Has anyone has used such sites and their experiences?
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Not really, any charlatan can get on those sites. Best to go through someone you know who has had work done. What area are you in?

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I'd avoid those sites, tradesman normally pay to get on them rather than earning a spot by doing good work.

Word of mouth is the best way. Failing that knock on a door of a house with a recent of currently undergoing extension and ask the owner about the builders they used.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
Not really, any charlatan can get on those sites. Best to go through someone you know who has had work done. What area are you in?

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The problem it is a very small extension, I guess not attractive for many builders but it is a job. Brief description: Digging L shape about 2m foundation at 75cm depth and footing to build a non load bearing double brick wall, no ceiling required as already there, fit one external door, one window. concrete floor and plaster brick wall. Plumb rain water to existing drain, no wiring or other plumbing required. I will be doing wood flooring, coving, skirting and painting.


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I am sorry, I do not know anyone that way I could point you to. I think the best idea is to have a cruise around and look for builders doing a job. The good guys tend to have a long lead time but it is better to wait for the right team. A job like yours can often be worked in between big jobs where they have to wait for a planning issue.

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You might have a "trusted trader" (or similar) scheme on your county council website. If so not a bad place to start.

Don't expect a decent builder to be able to start immediately, any decent builder with have a minimum 2/3 month plus waiting list for an extension with smaller jobs fitted in down times.

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My builder was recommended by the architect that did my extension plans.


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I got a roofer from one of sites to re-felt my kitchen roof, and he made a right #alls up.

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I am now thinking to start the work myself around March/April and see how it goes, no rush. I do the footing, as said it is about 2m length and 75cm depth. There is no way to employ mini digger as the area is surrounded by walls and a brick post holding the first floor. Is it a case of using rake and shovel and also hire earth auger? Or what else can I use?


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Job and Knock wrote:
Mattock to break-up the soil before shovelling


Yes I was thinking on those lines, do I need earth auger as well?

Also it is in the front of the house which means gas and mains water pipe will be there to avoid? Do I just need to assume straight lines for mains cock and gas meter and dig those areas gently until reach them?
The consumer unit is not on that side so is it fair to assume no cables? cant think of any other utilities.


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Never seen a ground works team use a ground auger to just dig-out. Landscapers, yes. Fencers, yes.

As to the services, whereabouts is your extension going to be? Side or rear of the house? My own (limited) experience with semis is that the services often run beneath the path or the drive from the pavement to where they enter the house beneath the stairs (electric and gas) and the kitchen (water). But I'm no expert on the subject, being a joiner.....

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