We know that the satisfaction and pay off your get from completing a self-build project just as an extension, is a high that is not easily replicated. 

However, unless you are experienced in the art of completing project like this, the idea of it can be far more attractive than actually having to do it! We’ve all been there when we are doing a task or a project, lose steam halfway and either abandon it or perhaps do a bit of a bodge job to get the task over the line. We can’t be the only ones with a half completed lock down puzzle still waiting to be put together?!

Saying this, having the gumption to complete a DIY job is an admirable thing and is certainly something hundreds of thousands of social media users’ envy, just look at the DIY sector on Instagram and the amount of love it is shown!

Let’s take a look at how much a DIY extension could cost you.

In terms of monetary value, it’s difficult to put a solid number to it, there’s no way for us know your experience level or what you already have in terms of materials! But what we can do is try to outline some of the things you’ll need to consider when adding the numbers up.

1. Placement and design of your extension.

The most popular option is a rear extension, but of course you could also go for a side or front extension too. 

It would then be worth thinking about the materials you’re wanting your extension to be made out of. There are so many options available now too, you have a multitude of choices! From traditional brick built to a glass made conservatory, your options are so varied now. Sourcing these materials in the correct quantity is vital, coming up short can be very frustrating when you’re in the zone and having too much is a pain too.

You’ll now need to consider your options when it comes to what you need to clear or get rid of in order for your extension to work. For example, if you’re wanting the extension to flow as part of your house, do you need to remove a window and cut out the bottom? Is there a doorway that needs similar attention? Maybe it’s a solid wall you’ll need to remove. It’s important to understand what needs to happen to help you achieve the desired effect.

2. What skills do you already have?

If you’re experienced in this type of work already, you probably have both the tools and the knowledge already, which is great and will definitely help you save some money with this project! However, if you’re a total novice, you’ll need to spend both money learning how to safely execute some of the jobs. If you haven’t yet got the experience or skillset to undertake some of the bigger tasks such as removing walls/doors, we’d definitely suggest spending that extra bit of money to get a professional to complete the work for you. It still counts as a DIY project if your help or do the majority, but safety is a number one priority.

3. What tools do you already own?

Are they suitable for the job at hand? One of the reasons why people see DIY as an attractive option is because it’s usually painted as a money saving exercise, however it only really saves money if you already have the materials and tools. The first couple of times you complete a DIY project, whether it’s to do with renovation or sewing, the cost to start up is always going to be quite large compared to the next few times you do it!

So, whilst we can’t put solid figures against how much a DIY build will cost an individual, we decided it would still be helpful to give you some things to think about when pricing up the job in your head.

If you decide that maybe DIY isn’t for you and you’d like to explore alternative options out there, why not take a look at HAB?

Habattach is a pre-fabricated modular extension that has the aim to make adding more space to your home that much simpler. By using the pre-fab methods, the HAB is created off site, the pieces delivered onto site and installed directly onto your home by our experts. The materials that we use to build our HAB’s are highly insulated, meaning the space can be used year-round without having to worry about it overheating in the summer or freezing in the winter. 

If you would like to find out more about how Habattach can help you, send us an email to hello@habattach.com and one of our team will be in touch to discuss your options.

Exterior Example - 6m x 4m Hab 2 Prefab Extension
Hab 2 Interior Example - Living Room Prefab Extension

We can install our prefab extensions anywhere the UK including London, Oakham, Manchester, Northampton, Leicester, Coventry, Cambridge, Bedford, Lincoln, Birmingham and more.