Restoration & Refurbishment Question

In what order should we tackle our renovation?

I have structural calcs completed and planning drawings submitted for renovation work on our 1980's property, but I'm really unsure about how to break it down and in which order to tackle the job, and (given that I've ditched the idea of using an architect) would really appreciate some friendly advice and opinions!

The elements are:
Creating an opening into an exisitng extension upstairs.
Turning the orientation of the bottom 6 stairs.
Creating an opening into an exisitng extension downstairs.
Removing 3 internal and one external walls (to a new extension) downstairs.
Replacing an existing conservatory with a single storey extenstion with galss lantern roof.

It seems pretty daunting so I'm thinking about breaking it into 3 jobs (upstairs, downstairs, extension) but I'm worried that might just make things more complex.

Obviously there are a variety of trades that we're going to need, and I'd also happily take advice on whether its best to give the whole job to one firm or employ lots of single trades, and, if the second of those, whether a project manager is a good investment?

I hope that all makes sense and someone has a view! Thanks :)

Thanks for your replies, seems pretty clear what I need to do next!

Cheers :)


2 Answers

Post the job on here and get quotes from recommended building contractors. Internal cut out and structural works can be carried out at the same time as footings and brickwork for extension, this way, as you come to electrics and plumbing they can first fix both the existing and new build same applies to plastering and finishes this way will work out cheaper in the long run.

Answered 28th May 2012


Member since 7 Jun 2008

It's only one job

By breaking it down to three you will make the job more expensive and take longer and have a greater chance of things going drastically wrong.

It's not daunting for a Builder.

Post the job

Answered 29th May 2012


Member since 23 May 2012

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