House Extensions In Earlsfield
At Encompass, we’re experts in extensions. We’re construction specialists, project managers, designers and visualisers; who enable home-owners to maximise their space, and finally achieve their dream home.
Through over 30 years of working in this industry, we know that clients expect and deserve certain standards when they choose a construction firm. High on the list are transparency, honesty and integrity.
At Encompass; these values are at the foundation of our service.
We’re based within an office in Earlsfield High Street, opposite the train station, in a building that we own. So we’re visible, we’re open and we’re accessible.
We also operate total transparency from the moment we send your estimate. You’ll receive a highly professional document following a thorough survey; which highlights every single anticipated cost with details of products and works down to every last socket or tile. All presented in clear jargon-free language that you’ll understand.
Our whole approach, personality and values as a company are around personal service. We’re in regular communication, with site visits and meetings, and we’re friendly and personable professionals.
You are welcome to visit recent projects to see our work.
Giving you your personal space
We’re experts at visualising and delivering the absolute maximum benefit that you can get from your extension, and your budget. Our designer/Architect will work closely with you, starting from your goal; whether that be to maximise space, add value or add rooms for an expanding family.
Planning the layout of rooms and storage to ensure value and practicality is a real skill. We’ve challenged existing ideas, proposed ones that have led to increased values of property and found solutions where clients have been told their aspirations weren’t possible.
Our services don’t have to finish with the build. From designer bathrooms and kitchens; to high quality interior decorating and soft furnishings via a full interior design service, your space, by the end of the project, will be the stunning look that you wanted.
If you’re living at the property during the work, we’ll also respect your personal space. Not just respect it, but protect it, through solutions to minimise disruption. If your kitchen is to be out of bounds for a time, we’ll set up a fully-functioning temporary kitchen elsewhere in the home before we start work.
We’ll take great pains to minimise on dust, noise and inconvenience. Strategically sectioning off parts of your home will form part of the planning and project management process.
Building trust through quality and innovation
You can trust the quality of our home extension work. We’ve amassed many years of experience in construction, with a diverse portfolio of projects, including challenging ones. We understand structural engineering. We are qualified designers.
We have a large team of vetted, skilled builders and tradespeople; who conduct themselves with professionalism, conscientiousness and respect at all times.
We’re also on top of the latest innovations and trends in construction, design and interiors. With specialist knowledge and experience in fitting a wide variety of features including unusual staircases, balustrades, wet room solutions and environmental innovations such as solar panels; we can provide ideas and options to enhance your renovated home.
Home Extensions – The lowdown
If you’re thinking about a home extension, here’s what you’ll need;
- A survey to check the measurements and specifications of your ideal extension, including checking on the size of any previous extensions relative to the house
- Plans and drawings for your planning permission application
- To know what you want from your extension. More bedrooms for a growing family? A luxury kitchen/diner? A playroom for children or games room for grown-ups? This will all impact on the plans and price
- To establish your budget – including all the bells, whistles and finishing touches
10 reasons to choose Encompass Design & Build for your house extension
- Earlsfield based office
- Wide range of flexible services; architectural services only, design and construction works; bathrooms and kitchens, full interior design service
- Detailed estimates
- Weekly site visits with minutes
- Highly experienced and qualified in all aspects of the design and construction process
- Always isolate the work before project starts, to minimise disruption
- Can do it all for you; from the planning application, through to finishing touches – taking away the stress and hassle
- Fully insured (employer’s liability, public liability)
- Gas safety certified
- Roofing guarantees
Encompass Directors Leon Morrell and Jason Hunter have run this successful Earlsfield-based construction and design business for over 30 years. Over that time, feedback has been consistently positive resulting in high rates of referrals and repeat business.
Jason and Leon are often commended on their personal, approachable demeanour and clear communication. They are absolutely driven by completing projects to the highest standards and leaving clients with their dream home.
Jason’s experience spans from working as a modelmaker and film set designer, to working on the renovation of high profile innovative properties such as the Millennium Dome and Bristol waterfront. He applies his creativity and interior design skills to construction projects; meaning clients benefit from innovative solutions and ideas that will enhance and add value to their home.
A qualified carpenter, joiner and graphic designer; through Leon’s extensive experience in refurbishing and construction works, he has also amassed considerable architectural skills and knowledge of structural engineering. Leon’s communication style is popular with clients, due to his ability to translate technical jargon into clear, understandable and helpful guidance.
Types of tradesmen
- Builder – to construct those walls in the first place and find out what is structurally possible. You’ll also need insulation and sound proofing. Ask what type of insurance s/he has.
- Glazier – to deem what type of windows and glass doors are best.
- Electrician – there’s no question you’ll need lighting, as well as sockets for electrical equipment. Is this tradesman qualified and listed on the government’s Registered Competent Person Scheme? Can he give you a BS7671 test certificate once he’s finished to allow you to pass Building Regulations?
- Heating engineer – thanks to the awful British weather, heating is a must. This engineer should be able to tell you the best place to put a heater. Also, if you’re going for a big extension, would it be an idea to fit solar panels? Again, you’ll want him or her to be registered with APHE or similar.
- Plumber – definitely required in the likely even you will be moving the location of the kitchen.
- Joiner – You might want to ask your joiner about bespoke storage solutions.
- Plasterer – to smoothen out the new walls.
- Painter – unless you plan on doing a bit of DIY decor, that is.
At Encompass we have all these tradesmen on hand so you don’t need to worry.
Whether or not you need your local authority go-ahead depends on the type of extension and the status of your home (if it’s listed then you’ll definitely need to inform the planning department of any intended alterations).
If the extension is higher than the original roof or going to affect the view for others then neighbours are informed by your local planning authority and given 21 days in which to lodge an objection.
At Encompass we can handle the planning application process for you.
In the case of your property sharing an adjoining wall with a neighbour, there must then be a written agreement between both parties before any work can commence.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, states that any property owner who shares a party wall must notify their neighbour in due course about the work they plan to have on their property. Because of the shared ownership of the party wall, you must therefore receive consent from your neighbour through writing with a Party Structure Notice and an Acknowledgement Form. It is common for neighbours of a party wall to agree and give consent to any work you wish to carry out, however if this is not the case the following are instructions for possible scenarios:
If a neighbour is unreachable and therefore unable to sign any agreement concerning the party wall, it is then you as the proprietor’s responsibility to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor on your neighbour’s behalf.
In the unfortunate circumstances that both you the proprietor and your neighbour are unable to agree the terms of your loft conversion, you are then able to appoint an “Agreed Surveyor”. This will be an agreed decision from both parties and the Surveyor will then contract an ‘award’ certificate that satisfies both parties.
Another possible instance in the case of an unwilling neighbour is they appoint their own Surveyor to write an award certificate. If this occurs, we strongly advise that you too appoint your own Surveyor. Once this has occurred, both appointed Surveyors will then meet and draw a contract that best satisfies both yourself and your neighbour.
However, if the two separately appointed Surveyors fail to reach an agreeable contract, a nominated third party Surveyor will be contacted. The nominated third party will then go on to draw the most impartial and satisfactory award with both parties in mind.
It should be made clear that any costs for required surveyors usually fall to that of the proprietor.
What our clients say
"We’re thrilled with the finished result and so I’d highly recommend Encompass. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.”
"They were quick to answer any concerns, ensure the work was carried out to a high standard and have been excellent in keeping in touch post the works. We’re thrilled with the job they have done for us."
"The professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the Encompass team is the same, regardless to the budget."
"Professional and extremely knowledgeable , Encompass team is reliable and approachable. Great upholstery and carpenter work , solid building and painting work, overall a good experience."
"I have worked with Encompass on various projects over the last 8 or so years and have always found them to be very professional and understanding of the client’s needs and wishes."
James L Burford
"Encompass delivered, designed and transformed our ideas into reality, on time and on budget."
"Leon and Jason’s friendly and knowledgeable service shone through in our first few meetings and their advice left the other building firms that came to look and quote for the job, in the shade."
" The quality of the building and structural work was good, and because of challenging dimensions in the loft space, Felix was adaptable to any new ideas/suggestions I made, and introduced some clever design ideas himself."