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  • Neil Harrison

Thinking about a new 2020 home extension - start your planning and budget setting NOW!

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

The news 'on the street' is that 2020 could well be a bumper year for home extensions and renovations, with house prices still looking a little stagnant and uncertain. We, at Mint Builders have just begun our latest exciting new extension project in Cheltenham and are involved in discussions and planning regarding a range of projects for late Autumn and into 2020!

Mint Builders are available to advise anyone in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds thinking of an extension project for 2020, on the potential options available and more importantly the steps to take to ensure your extension and renovation plans are both readily achieved within budget and also in such a way they really do add future value to the family home.

numerous ways

There are, of course, numerous ways you can cut extension costs if you need to extend your home cost effectively. If you want to cut extension costs just feel, it might be right to rethink your earlier plans and extension design we are available to have a budget planning meeting with you as soon a you like to help get your project plans right on track.

careful thought

Of course, there are many ways to shave a bit of money off various elements of your extension project and with careful thought and a chat with us perhaps, you can surely do so without ruining the look or function of the space you have in mind.

perfect time

This early Autumn, we at Mint Builders would say, is pretty well the perfect time to start to plan an extension for 2020. Then you can get the quotes in over Autumn and you'll be ready to go for Spring or even earlier if needed. Below, on this blog, are some thoughts and tips to help you find out how to save money on the cost of an extension but in doing so, still get the great result you are looking for.

guidance and expertise

First, may we mention an ideal place to fact-find for your up and coming extension planning, found online this week by our Editor. This particular online posting of guidance and expertise is from the excellent Real team. Visit them and find out out some very useful thoughts and information all about extending a home in the future.

cost calculator

You can even use their extension cost calculator to work out aspects of your project budget - now that really can be helpful! Some further key thoughts from the Real Homes team are here below for you to read and consider:-


Before you consider what you need to trim off your extension budget, work out exactly how much you need to spend to get the extension you need, and include those interior fit out costs you want too.

value increase

When you're happy that your plans can be achieved, go to a trusted local estate agent and ask how much your home might increase in value with your proposed project in place. Ideally, of course, your extension should add more £££s to your home's value than it costs for the planned extension build.

cost effective

Do keep in mind that larger extensions will be more cost-effective than small extensions, but will, of course, cost more. Take note that too large an extension just could push your home past the ceiling value of the street where you live ! The importance of balance when it comes to budget versus profit potential can't be exaggerated - take note!

extension costs

Timing your extension for good weather is another to cut extension costs. Why? Because bad weather causes delays, which can mean increased labour costs and rejigged schedules etc. Weather damage from the wind and rain can up your costs, too, and what started as a simple loft extension for example can become a complete re-decoration job for all the bedrooms below if rain penetrates tarpaulins etc. etc.

dry weather

Review thoughtfully too just when to extend? Try to time your project for when you have an idea a better period of dry weather is on the cards where you live. Avoid weeks when frost is an issue, too.

Find further small extension ideas and advice in the Real guide. Check back here on this blog soon for more expert thoughts and guidance from ourselves and the well-informed Real Homes team.

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home – it may be the best thing to do for 2020.Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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