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Home Extensions: The Complete Handbook [Paperback]

Paul Hymers
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1 April 1999
This manual provides advice on how to plan and supervise the building of a home extension, loft conversion or conservatory. It discusses issues from planning and the law to dealing with architects, builders and other contractors - right through to the final coat of paint.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859741460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859741467
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for managing a project 30 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is perfect for anyone who wants to manage a home extention project. There is invaluable advice on all the major aspects of getting work done on time, safely and cost effectively. It also deals with legal aspects (in plain English) that will ensure that if anything goes wrong, you and your money are protected. But DON'T buy this book if you are looking for information on how to build it yourself. This book is designed to give you enough information about the work you are employing builders to do so that they don't rip you off with shoddy or dangerous work. All in all this is an excellent book with gems of vital information on each page.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well presented, stuctured book for the layman 24 Feb 2002
Format:Paperback
The book is ideal for someone who knows little of the construction industry, but would feel less intimidated after reading.
As a builder myself, I bought the book out of sheer curiosity. I found it to be structured in such a way as to complement the new build extension as it progresses.
Very factual, and as the saying goes, I have to admit, that even I was caught out by "Well I did`nt know that!"
If you buy this book, you definetly will not be caught out by the cowboys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for home-improvers 17 Mar 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am planning an extension to our home and, since reading the book, realise how many holes I could fall into!
the book is very clearly set out and indexed, starts at the beginning (when your extension is just a vague idea), and takes you step by step through the whole process. It is illustrated with very clear diagrams and graphics, and uses non-technical language to put across stuff you never even thought of, but which is crucial to seeing your dream become reality.
There are lots of checklists that tell you what to look out for at each stage of the work, so you know how to keep abreast of what Bob the Builder is up to (or not up to, as the case may be).
When I asked the first person who wanted to do the job if he was "Vat-registered", his sharp intake of breath was a revelation!
Don't spend a penny on that extension till you've bought a copy. It could save you thousands!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars future plans 1 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
Hymer's 176 page, A5 sized, soft back book is an informative work on the ins and outs of extending your property. Despite having a construction background - 'on the tools' until a few years ago - there were tips, suggestions and information in it that I found extremely useful. Planning law, neigbourly disputes and the way local authorities work are all covered, as are tips on how to look at your property to see potential problems before you start work - trees, hedges and ground types. The actual process from foundation to roofing is explained too and the book shows why work is completed a certain way, often confusing to those not involved in the process.
Whether you wish to tackle the job your self or just be able to understand waht the professionals you hire to do it for you are talking about then this book should be on your bookshelf.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Written by a building control officer this book provides a good backgrounder to those who are contemplating having an extension built for them. The book is written in a personable manner and touches on most areas involved with the whole process from planning to completion. However, for those like myself, who want to learn about doing it all themselves, the book is frustratingly breif in certain areas.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home extensions 13 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
Very good and very helpful. I used it along with 2 other building books and between the 3 of them managed to get my extension built without a hitch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay 25 Aug 2013
By Joe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not a bad book for beginners. Could do with a little more insight . Building is complex and relationship with builders and subcontractors is paramount
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 21 Jan 2013
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This was a great book and I learned a lot from it. It is the ideal handy book to have nearby when you're doing an extension. This book saves you time and guides you away from all the pitfalls. Definitely recommend reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
lots of useful info about extensions, havent read it all but it was quite interesting and had some handy tips, great book to help if you are a novice about building rules and regs... Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by Mrs. V. L. Skidmore
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable guide
Plenty of valuable information including many things I wouldn't have thought of. However, for my purposes I would have liked more technical detail and also a guide to calculating... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars extension
I plan on knocking down 2 sheds and building 1 big shed and this book is very valuable because i plan to do the whole job myself. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by ali
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book on a wide-ranging topic
We're thinking about having an extension built on our house as we're running out of room, so after reading the reviews on a few books on Amazon I decided to purchase this one. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by A. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Home Extensions
A good book to have in your builders library, not hard to read and very helpful
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by B. R. Crane
4.0 out of 5 stars Extension building - this is for you!!
I recently started a house extension build. Although I am a reasonably practical guy I was concious of not fully understanding what is a potentially major event in adding another... Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by Mr. S. K. Riding
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
The book arrived on time and in good condition. I have bought several books off amazon and all have lived beyond expectation.
Published on 4 July 2009 by Egbebolozor Aroko
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband delighted!
I bought my husband this book as we are in the process of having plans drawn up for an extension. Now, instead of employing one contractor to carry out everything, my husband... Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by Ms. L. Mcmaster
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