Extending Your Home in Surrey? Master Groundwork with Kenward’s Expert Guide

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At Kenward, we understand the excitement of extending your living space. Adding a new room or creating an open-plan layout can completely transform your home. But before the visions of a bright, airy extension become reality, there’s a crucial stage to consider: groundwork.

As Surrey’s specialists in groundwork and civil engineering, Kenward is here to guide you through the essential groundwork considerations for your home extension project.

Foundations: The Hero of Your Extension

A strong foundation is the bedrock (pun intended!) of any successful extension. The type of foundation chosen will depend on several factors, including:

  • Soil Conditions: Different soil types have varying weight-bearing capacities. A geotechnical survey can assess your soil and determine the most suitable foundation type, such as traditional strip foundations, piled foundations (for unstable ground), or raft foundations (for expansive clay soil).
  • Weight of the Extension: A lightweight sunroom extension will have different foundation requirements compared to a double-story extension.

  • Existing House Foundations: Understanding the existing foundation system of your house helps ensure compatibility with the new extension’s foundation.

Drainage Solutions: Keeping Water at Bay

Proper drainage is vital for preventing damp and structural issues in your extension. Key considerations include:

  • Existing Drainage System: Understanding how your current drainage system works will influence the extension’s drainage plan.
  • Foundation Depth: The foundation depth may impact where rainwater runoff needs to be diverted.holders.

  • Local Building Regulations: Building regulations will dictate the specific drainage solutions required.

Kenward: Your Partner for Groundwork

At Kenward, our team of experienced groundworkers and civil engineers will work closely with you and your architect to ensure a smooth and successful groundwork phase for your home extension. We offer:

  • Geotechnical Surveys: Gain crucial insights into your soil conditions.
  • Expert Foundation Design: We’ll design a foundation system that is both secure and cost-effective for your project.
  • Efficient Drainage Solutions: We’ll implement a drainage plan that protects your extension from water damage.
  • Trench Excavation: Our skilled team will ensure safe and efficient excavation for foundations and drainage systems, minimising disruption to your property.
  • Underpinning (if required): If your existing foundations need strengthening to support the extension, we offer expert underpinning services.

Don’t Let Groundwork Woes Ground Your Extension Project

By prioritising groundwork considerations, you’ll lay a solid foundation (literally!) for a successful and stress-free home extension.

Contact Kenward today for a free consultation and let our expertise guide you through the groundwork aspects of your home extension project. Together, we can turn your vision into a reality.

Thinking Beyond the Basics: Additional Groundwork Considerations

While foundation and drainage are crucial, here are some additional factors to keep in mind:

  • Basement Conversions: If your extension involves a basement conversion, waterproofing considerations become paramount. Kenward can advise on the best waterproofing solutions for your project.
  • Environmental Considerations: Sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important. Kenward can advise on ways to minimise waste and utilise eco-friendly materials during the groundwork stage.
  • Planning Permission: Groundwork aspects may influence your planning permission application. Kenward can liaise with your architect to ensure all groundwork details are included in the plans.

By giving groundwork the due consideration it deserves, you can ensure your home extension project is built on a strong and secure foundation, both literally and figuratively. Contact Kenward today and let our expertise pave the way for a successful home extension.

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