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Renovations + Extensions

We have worked with many existing buildings, historic or modern to revitalise and adapt to modern family life. The area we cover includes Kent, East Sussex and the eastern part of Surrey.

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How to renovate or extend your house with Vernacular Homes?
Ideas on renovating and extending your home.

What sort of renovation or extension projects do we design or build?

We normally undertake extension or renovation projects of a reasonable size. Properties requiring complete refurbishment or extensions involving significant additions to the existing property.

Our minimum build contract sizes for these types of projects is £250,000.

Which is more cost effective, refurbishment or new build?

It depends on the works involved. It is often more cost effective to replace an existing dilapidated dwelling with a new build. At Vernacular Homes we often sit down with clients and look at whether refurbishment or new build is a better option. We undertake design and build for both types of project.

We recognise there are often many varied reasons for preferring renovating and adapting an existing building ahead of rebuilding, not least to retain the essential character of the existing.

Working with a period property?
Sympathetic approaches to design and build.

Is it possible to extend a listed building?

While there are more restrictions on what you can and can't do with a listed building, sympathetic extensions are often possible.

Careful thought needs to be given to a listed building extension as to whether it is likely to gain conservation officer support at listed building application stage.

We have worked on a good number of these projects. Typically listed buildings are not always suited in layout to modern family living and so we are often able to attractively adapt homes to create family kitchen/dining areas, add in upstairs bathrooms and en-suites, replace relatively modern, low quality extensions and link to adjacent barns and outbuildings.

How would we refurbish and extend an unlisted property?

Not all period houses are listed or protected in any special way, though many may still contain attractive features and characteristics which require a sensitive approach to refurbishment and extension. Our broad experience of traditional and modern building approaches will help provide a solid foundation for the planning and build process.

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