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Home Extension or Renovation for 2021 – read all about it!

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Home renovations and home extensions are very much in the minds of homeowners for 2021, in the face of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Many are keen to make their homes more 'liveable' to cope with the fact that it seems for the future, perhaps, many of us may still well be spending more time than ever within our homes.

For those of you considering a new house extension for the future, the below might intrigue and interest you. Our Editor came across some a listing of book publications online ( offering all kinds of insights, thoughts and guidance on home extensions and renovation.

The list highlighted is not 'bang up' to date – that's for sure. But all certainly seem to contain some intriguing and interesting advice and insights into the whole issue of home extending and renovation.

interesting 'reads'

We at Mint Builders feel that if you have a home extension on your mind, these interesting 'reads' - and indeed others you might trip over in the bookshop - will surely offer ideas, advice and 'food for thought' on all kinds of considerations and ideas to very much stimulate any up and coming future home extension or renovation challenges you may be considering for next year.

good luck

Our Editor is sure you'll find much of interest here – and good luck indeed with your 2021 home extension or renovation project for the future - whatever and whenever that may be. Whatever your plans – we, of course, have the experience and expertise and are ready to guide, advise and help you make your project happen exactly the way you want it to.

The Housebuilders Bible by Mark Brinkley

This first choice is a new, updated edition (as of April 2017). It is based on the author Mark Brinkley's experiences as a builder and developer. Mark is a regular blog publisher and researcher in the industry. This is a book that attracts many keen on build, extensions and renovations.

The Home Extension Manual

A good publication this, from Ian Rock. Ian is an experienced chartered surveyor and freelance writer who has contributed articles to The Observer, Build It, Move or Improve and numerous other publications.

As the experts by team report, Ian has designed and managed home extension projects since the late 1980s. Other books by Ian include Victorian House Manual, 1930s House and Loft Conversion manuals in which Ian now shares his considerable extension-building experiences.

How to Design and Plan a House or Extension

This is another suggestion worth considering, from George Baxter. As the House Extension Designs team reports “This has useful suggestions on how to assess your requirements, how to analyse your site.

The book also guides you through the practical aspects of obtaining the necessary planning, listed building consent and building regulation approvals and where to go for advice / help. It is a fact filled journey taking you from analysing your home requirements through to understanding the statutory approvals required. It’s a DIY architecture book too that earned its good reputation by not overcomplicating things unnecessarily”. It is available at Amazon and Waterstones

Renovating for Profit

This is by the high profile Michael Holmes. Michael, one of the UK’s leading residential property experts, is the Editor-in-Chief of three leading specialist home interest titles, Homebuilding & Renovating, Period Living and Real Homes, which together constitutes 8% of the UK home interest market. His books can also be found at Amazon and Waterstones.

Explains the House Extension Designs team, “If you are considering renovating a house for the first time, get this book. It covers everything from choosing the right property, buying at the right price, and marketing property, to subjects such as finance and tax etc. This book, by bricks-and-mortar expert Michael Holmes,shows how to maximise the value of your investment and also reveals the kind of home improvements that make economic sense.

all major aspects

Authoritative and detailed text covers all major aspects of home improvement, including conservatories, loft and basement conversions, double-glazing, central heating, kitchens and bathrooms. With sound advice and clear, comprehensive charts and tables, it adds up to an indispensable handbook for any homeowner who is thinking of building on to, extending, altering or selling their property. For anyone that wants to read a specific area (like interiors, for example) the book is nicely separated into chapters, so you can find what you need easily” - adds the House Extension team finally.

We at Mint Builders are here to help with any questions and ideas relating to the priority planning and organisation of your home extension or renovation. We have the expert contacts on hand to help ensure your new extension gets sorted without any expensive blunders, issues or problems.

Please request your project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for now and on into this uncertain COVID-19 future of ours. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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