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Building Extension Guildford
We did an building job at our last home and the builders were great on the sell (this was a National builder) but then the workers they sent had been subcontracted and the main builder just sent an overworked, useless “ project manager” who called in weekly to use our toilet. The builders on site had the wrong plans and had to rebuild part of the works and we could not communicate with them as they could not speak English. The work was eventually completed ( 6 months later) by another more competent team but the whole process made us fear builders. We had a better experience with Touchstone, not without its challenges but the process was handled with more precision . All the trades were good apart from the tiler who they immediately replaced. We did warn Touchstone that we were going to be difficult to please and they did their utmost, and ultimately we are satisfied with the build. We added to the job and all costs were fairly reasonable.
M Hillier Guildford

Would Recommend Touchstone Extensions Touchstone did my loft conversion and I also used them to extend my home at the same time. The whole job was done together which was a bit stressful but it was all completed within 12 weeks. They also changed the bathroom suite, fitted a new boiler and unvented cylinder and solved my low water pressure issues. Touchstone fitted bespoke storage in my loft and kitchen area. We have young children and the home is left un occupied, apart from our nanny, we had no issues with them and the scaffold was alarmed so there were no security issues. They are currently working on my accountants property in Holland park who is a tough customer, he has no issues with this company. My view is you should try them, they were a lot better than our previous experience with builders. We had a few snags after they left and they came back within a fortnight and sorted them, everything else is fine.
G Morgan from St. Johns Wood

Happy Customer
We contacted the FMB who told us about Touchstone. We are more than happy with the extension and loft conversion by Touchstone. They undertook the whole process from design, new boiler, new windows and all decoration.
The whole job took around 10 weeks and the teams on site were excellent.
D Webb from Richmond

Excellent Communication
The level of communication was good with all emails and calls returned within 24 hours. The finish very good. They kept rubbish and materials under control even though we have very little space. Overall a good job with a few hiccups due to neighbour interference which was overcome without any fuss.

Would I use these London Builders again, Yes especially if I get Mark the foreman who is a gem.
Pete Coates from South Kensington

Great Ideas
Went to the hassle of getting planning consent which cost me £4500 and were told by Touchstone that the work was a permitted development. So we resubmitted a bigger extension under permitted and it was accepted. Should have gone to them first but did not know. Great added design ideas, fabulous windows and they fitted my kitchen and laid my porcelain heated floor. All the men on site were good at the trades they were employed to do. I am not moving again so I probably won’t need Touchstone. If you’re looking for a quality builder, not the cheapest, look no further!
Crispin De Vart from Chelsea

Recommendation
My brother in law who is a manager for Foxtens estate agents in Fulham told me about this small but amazing Loft conversion company who were now formed a separate division to do extensions. He had used them for a loft and had recommended them to many customers and told me about them. From the first appointment the whole process was refreshing. The design ideas and the quality of works is the difference in my view as I have done a few building projects. The price was comparable to other builders. My only gripe was it took them a while to start but they are very busy and so we waited for them. Once in they were quick and flexible.
D. Stewart from Mayfair

Touchstone Builders in London - specialising in Extensions. We have all the required expertise from Permitted developments to Planning and can design, plan and build your extension and take care of all the whole process.

Welcome to Touchstone Extensions - Builders in London

Touchstone Extensions are a quality building company specialising in extensions. Our award winning company offers a premium design led extension using quality materials and traditionally qualified tradesman with customer service that is unmatchable in our industry.

Our knowledge and expertise of planning and design will provide you with the best design and expertise in your permitted development rights.

What Can I Do With My Home Extension?

Understanding what changes you are allowed to make to your house could be a challenging proposition, but it’s absolutely critical when you’re about to embark on a major project especially with the new Permitted Development changes announced recently. Planning is a complex arena fraught with complexities and tales of bad experiences.

You have two main options:-
Appoint an architect . They will normally be expensive and they will tied to builders, although they may not admit that as most get paid for the jobs they send to their builders. They will probably go the path of full planning. This will involve you submitting a full planning application. Apart from fees you will need to submit other documents as required Design and Access statements, Flood Risk Assessments, Bat surveys etc. Your proposal is then assessed by the planners taking typically 8-14 weeks depending on the local authority. This long process will take views from planners and external consultations like your neighbours. This subjective process is very time consuming. Your design could be refused but ultimately a compromise.

Or you could go the Touchstone way. The way of less resistance.

Why Touchstone Extensions?

Our team of experts will assess your current Permitted development Rights already attached to your house, and so therefore you can bypass the Planning process. Over 95% of our projects are Permitted Developments. This process is objective and your rights are legally yours. The planners and neighbours can be bypassed. This is fully legal and you can get a “Letter of Lawful Development” from the same planning department which rubber stamps the extension works. This document is good to have when you come to sell your house.
But here is the real good news, your permitted Development rights allow you to build bigger home extensions, bigger Loft conversions, more extensive glazing and larger outbuildings, to name a few.

In some cases a combination of both options may make sense. This will enable you have the best of both worlds. We have done many projects where we assess fully the Permitted development of your home. Some of the more contentious home extension is done via the Permitted development route and the remainder via Planning.

We Are An Award Winning Company

FMB Certification

We are not members of the FMB.

What Next?

We can provide a feasibility report which will show some 3D designs and costings on what can be achieved at your home. This report will show you what extension space you can add to your home. We will explore your Permitted Development Rights.

In most cases a home extension and a loft conversion can easily be done within Permitted development saving you the cost and hassle of a planning application. If you are happy to proceed we can build and take care of whole project for you.

If you need planning permission we are experts on that too and can we will get you the permission. We have never failed to get an application yet!
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