Home Extensions – Top Ten Mistakes Made by Builders

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It might look nice but did your builder avoid the most common mistakes while creating your home extension?

Mistake 1 – Excavations & Foundations

The first part of the home extension is usually to with the foundations and you will be surprised to learn that at least 25% of the foundations are not positioned directly under the walls on top. Excavating off center or in the wrong position is quite common and in one particular case I had a builder that excavated for a two room side extension on the wrong side of the line that was set up. His ignorance doubled the cost of the excavations and foundations at the drop of a hat.

Mistake 2 – Damp Proofing Course & DPC Membrane

This part of you home extension is a minor job but of vital importance. If it's done wrong the damp enter the new walls within a matter of weeks and over a year or causes severe damp problems.

On one site I inspected a few years back the builders had used plastic rubble bags to form a damp proofing course instead of using the correct width dpc roll.

Mistake 3 – Extensions Are Rarely Square

The vast majority of home extensions do not have 1 square corner. At least 98% of builders that I have met in the last 30 years did not have a clue as to how to check if the home extension there were building was in fact square to the property.

Mistake 4 – Services in the Floor

Time and time again I have come across copper pipes and electrical cables that are run directly in the concrete floors without any form of insulation or protection. Copper pipes corrode quickly when encased directly in concrete as the cement practically eats the copper. As for the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčelectrical cables running around live within the concrete without any sleeving well that just makes the hair on my neck stand up.

Mistake 5 – Windows & Doors

You might think this is an easy job but once again it is pretty common that the height of windows and doors are often comprised because the height of the floor was laid wrong or the bricklayer made a mistake. Ideally all you should see in a doorway to the garden is the wooden threshold and not a little wall under it. In some cases you do not even see the threshold because the frame was set in too low and this equally is simply poor workmanship.

Mistake 6 – Floor Heights

New floor heights are amazing in the various ways they can be botched. Probably the worst scenario is when they are too high usually resulting in a step up from the main house all because the builder did not drop the ground a bit more when building the extension.

Mistake 7 – Ventilation To The Sub Floor

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Before choosing a drywall contractor here are a few answers to questions I commonly get asked in the drywall industry.

Question: I have water damage to my drywall, is it still good? Does it have to be replaced?

Answer: Water can come from many different sources in your home. Roof leaks, air handlers, dishwashers you name it. Drywall is a surprisingly resilient product when it comes to water and can withstand a great deal of water before total product failure occurs. Once it is dried out damage is usually only cosmetic. Typically a dark stain or hairline crack appears along a joint line where the drywall compound has been dissolved by the water and the tape has let loose. Not to fear, a drywall professional can usually repair the damage in a few hours with little to no mess. Even if the area has gotten wet for months, water will always find the path of least resistance and come out all in one spot. In this case all that is required is cutting out the affected area, usually only a 3′ – 4′ area and patching it in. In either situation cost is typically under $300.

Question: Should I be worried about mold on my drywall?

Answer: The most important thing to remember, without moisture mold cannot survive. So first and foremost remove the water source and the mold is history. Although lawyers and so-called mold removal experts would like you to think otherwise and open up your checkbook, mold is rarely harmful to humans and can be easily eradicated. Spraying a little bleach on it will also do the trick. If it has gotten so bad where the paper on the drywall has been actually eaten away by the mold, then a small patch job to cut out and remove the affected area is in order. Cost likely around $250.

Question: Do I have Chinese drywall in my home?

Answer: Although considerably more serious than mold and definitely in need of complete removal, my advice is to not overreact if your concerned you may have it. It’s unnecessary to spend a great deal of money for another specialist that is trying to profit on someone else’s misfortunes. Trust me; if you have Chinese drywall in your home you will know it, no question about it. The metallic burning sensation in your eyes and throat will quickly give it away. It is obvious within months of installation and unmistakable. My best advice is to call a reputable drywall or building contractor who can steer you in the right direction. Recent legal rulings are very specific in the removal of the product and failure to follow them exactly can lead to future resale problems.

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