Building Extension Ivybridge
If you are looking to have an extension built and you live in the Ivybridge area of Devon you may like to read about my experience of an extension to link the main house with the garage.
Here is the view from the front of the house where we needed the extension
Here is the view from the rear of the house. The walk way between the back door of the utility and the side door of the garage was the area in question. Ever since buying the house from new over 20 years ago Karen has been on at me to have this area covered in so she could go to the tumble dryer and freezer situated in the garage without getting wet.
The image shows I had just removed the fence and gate post in preparation for work to commence.
The First Problem
Will it need planning permission or not? Will it need building Regulations? It seems very strange to me how local planning interpretation can vary so much between areas. The only advice I can give you is consult the local planning department yourself as we received different views from a number of trades people during the quotation period (and yes it did need planning permission which caused a major delay!).
I finally settled on South Hams Double Glazing as the company I would instruct to carry out the work. Simon Harvey is the owner and is the sole workman in his company. From my first contact with Simon on the phone to the final completion of the project Simon has been very helpful and nothing has been too much trouble nor has any problem encountered stumped him.
Simon does not do all the work himself he contracts out some of the work to other tradesmen. For the ground work he instructed Ivybridge Building And Landscaping
Dave and Phil were a really hard working pair of professional tradesmen who really knew their job. They had to work in some horrendous conditions with torrential rain flooding the site. I have never seen such hard working individuals who put themselves out to help meet our deadline for the build. I shall definitely be using them again.
Once the ground work was complete they assisted Simon in installing the large glass panels.
Simon too is a grafter and worked tirelessly on his own to complete the build in all weathers.
All the electrical work he tasked Aaron Oliver of Westcountry Electrical Ltd Again Aaron is a one man band and is really helpful and another hard worker. He had already upgraded my electric supply for the the garage so I could have a pod point fitted for my new electric car and he installed all the plug points and lighting for the extension. I can recommend him for any electrics you might need.
Once all the tradesmen had finished it was up to me to put down the flooring and install the units and decorate the room for its new owner.
Oh did I forget to mention its new owner?
Well as well as keeping Karen dry when she goes to the freezer this was to be a “Dog Room” for our new arrival Archie the Clumberdoodle.
You can read all about Archie The Clumberdoodle by visiting Karen’s Blog here by clicking this link Archie The Clumberdoodle
So to conclude, if you are looking for good tradesmen in the Ivybridge area of Devon to do your extension I call strongly recommend the below…
Simon Harvey South Hams Double Glazing
Dave & Phil Ivybridge Building And Landscaping
Aaron Oliver Westcountry Electrical Ltd
PS – No I am not being paid for this review – it is a genuine recommendation.