Embarking on a home-improvement project can seem a daunting task, especially for those who are building an extension for the first time. Whether you have chosen to hire a general builder or to carry out the work yourself, Complete Handbook of Home Extensions is a useful tool designed to guide you safely towards a valuable addition to your home. Written by a qualified Building Control Officer with over thirty years experience in the industry, the book talks you through the entire home-extension process from conception to decorating. It offers advice on substructure, superstructure, internal and external work, as well as site inspection, drainage and restrictive covenants. There is also a handy section on finance, insurance and warranty schemes. Common problems are helpfully identified, enabling you to begin building with confidence. Save time and stress by using the included standard specification for a single storey extension, new to this fourth edition.