Can I Live In My Home While Renovating or Extending?

Taking on a construction project is often an exciting time, whether it’s renovating a home or building a new structure from the ground up. However, amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to prioritise the comfort, safety, and well-being of the clients. We always emphasise the necessity of alternative accommodation arrangements, especially during the heavy-duty construction phases.

During these intense periods of construction, the site can be open to the elements, with windows and doors removed for renovations or extensions underway. This can create an environment that is less than ideal for the inhabitants. Knock-throughs and extensive works further compound the challenges, potentially compromising the liveability of the space.

While some clients may consider living on-site throughout the entirety of the project, we often advise against it for several reasons;

Firstly, there are genuine concerns for comfort and convenience. Living amidst ongoing construction can be noisy, dusty, and disruptive, making it difficult for individuals to relax and carry out their daily activities without inconvenience.

Moreover, prioritising health and safety is paramount. Construction sites inherently pose risks, from falling debris to exposed electrical wiring. By vacating the premises during heavy construction phases, clients can mitigate these risks and ensure their well-being remains uncompromised.

However, it’s essential to note that not opting for alternative accommodation doesn’t mean the project becomes unfeasible. On the contrary, with careful planning and coordination, it’s entirely possible to execute the construction while ensuring minimal disruption to the clients’ lives.

In our experience, we often adopt a phased approach to construction, dividing the property into liveable and work areas. By strategically planning the sequence of works, we can ensure that essential living spaces remain functional and safe while construction progresses elsewhere. This segmentation allows for a clear delineation between the construction site and the habitable areas, maintaining a semblance of normalcy for the clients.

Additionally, setting up alternative accommodations provides clients with a respite from the chaos of construction.

It offers them a space where they can retreat to, unwind, and maintain a sense of normalcy amidst the upheaval of their home environment.

This not only contributes to their overall comfort but also fosters a positive working relationship between contractors and clients.

In conclusion, as contractors, it’s our responsibility to prioritise the needs of our clients throughout every phase of the construction process.

By advocating for alternative accommodations during heavy construction phases, we uphold the principles of comfort, safety, and client satisfaction, ultimately contributing to the success of the project as a whole.

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