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Affordable Extensions and Alterations in East Sussex and Kent
George Stone Limited is a well established master house builders based in Hastings and operating throughout East Sussex and Kent, including Eastbourne. We have a wealth of local knowledge and are the go-to company for house extensions and alterations, kitchen extensions, two-storey extensions, building conversions, renovations, refurbishments and decoration work. Our skilled craftsmen have an eye for detail and can assist with all necessary property development and building work including carpentry and brickwork. We specialise in listed buildings and character properties, so call us now on 01424 436166 to find a builder who can deliver your project.

Alteration & Extension

House extensions are one of our specialities, and they represent a cost effective way of adding space and value to your property. Having an extension built is a major project that involves a number of different steps from getting planning permission to carrying out the construction work. Luckily, we are experts.

In England, usually no planning permission is needed for a single storey project such as a kitchen extension, if certain conditions apply, but you will need Building Regulations approval to make sure the extension plans meet basic building standards. For a two-storey extension, regulations are different, so please ask us. We'll be happy to recommend an architect who can help you with the design and will advise you on the best ways to use the space available. Consultation with your neighbours is also essential at this stage, and if you plan the extension to match your house you might also want to check if the windows, doors, facade materials and colours used in the existing building are still available.

You should make sure that all details are planned out before construction starts. Changes are better done on paper than in a half-built extension. Reputable contractors will not ask for money up front and will generally work on a fortnightly or monthly billing basis. It’s recommended you enter into a signed contract prior to work commencing. 
Project expenses will differ depending on the size and complexity of your project. The necessary permits will cost around £300-600, and the price of construction depends on how much you do yourself, the size of the build and other factors like the subsoil and existing walls. Roughly estimated, the price range will be between £1000-5000 per square metre.

Conversion

Farm buildings, churches and schools are ripe for conversion, but it's worth bearing in mind that differing locations can vastly alter any potential returns on your investment. Farm building conversions have become highly popular, but there are strict guidelines regarding how much you can alter the barn’s exterior. No changes to the roof line or dormers are permitted, and rooflights should be kept to a minimum and out of sight.  All openings must be kept as they are, and original materials should be repaired wherever possible. If a replacement is necessary, similar types should be used – preferably reclaimed or handmade. The type of barns available for conversion varies considerably by location, and can be timber, brick or stone, with stone being the most expensive to convert and brick the cheapest. 

Glazed panels can be placed between existing timbers to create a fantastic way to bring in light, and any staircases should be made a feature of. In contemporary conversions, industrial-style steel, glass, and chunky timber can all look fantastic. George Stone have extensive experience of barn and outbuilding conversions, and we can also carry out conversions on your own property including garage and loft conversions to give you much needed extra space. Call us now for more details.

Building & Property Maintenance

We're very proud of the fact we have been used by both the National Trust to maintain and repair their properties and by East Sussex County Council. We've worked on some of the most prestigious buildings in the South East, and numerous Housing Associations and Local Authorities have also relied on us to provide property repair and maintenance services for their housing stock. We always aim to achieve tenant satisfaction with our high standards and have been applauded by social housing providers and residents for our professional approach. We believe that social housing residents deserve to have the best quality of workmanship with the least possible disruption, and every project is monitored by a full time Contracts Manager who keeps both the clients and residents updated. We're acutely aware of the need for respect and understanding for residents in what can be an anxious time, and all of our operatives are DBS checked and carry identification cards for that extra feeling of safety. George Stone Ltd understands how important it is for people with disabilities to remain in their own homes to preserve their quality of life, and we've provided many disabled adaptations in both public and private sector housing, including adapting bathrooms and kitchens and adding means of access. It's worth remembering that local council grants are available for private individuals to help with the costs of these improvements.

Structural Maintenance 

When it comes to ongoing structural remediation and maintenance projects, you should call George Stone Limited. We have carried out all kinds of structural work, such as removing load bearing walls, demolitions and underpinning work. We have a strong network of architects, structural engineers, quantity surveyors and trade specialists which enables us to deliver seamless construction services.  The law requires that we are given relevant information about a building’s structure, stability and structural form and we use that to plan and carry out all necessary work safely and reliably. 

Once a thorough structural survey and assessment have been completed, we will then go on to determine the steps required to prevent structural collapse by deciding the method and design of temporary supports prior to any repair work commencing.

When the building is returned to a safe construction, we will take the project to the next phase with a professional and dependable workforce of decorators. All aspects of decoration can be considered and we are proud to have been acknowledged by Sussex Heritage Awards in this respect.
Call 01424 436166 for details!
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