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Family lives disrupted and in conflict due to 2.3 month extension delays

Research shows just one in ten extension projects run to schedule

The typical home extension project overruns by an average of 2.3 months, according to new research.


According to the findings, just one in 10 extension projects runs to schedule. The findings show that the region with the longest average delays is the South East, at 3.3 months, while the location with the shortest delays is Scotland, at 1.2 months.


Of the people who’ve had an extension in the last five years, a quarter said the delays ended up costing them more than they’d budgeted for, a fifth said their house wasn’t ready for a significant event – such as Christmas, big birthdays or bringing home a new baby – while 15 per cent had to suddenly find temporary accommodation until the work was completed. A third of homeowners said the delays left them feeling stressed, one in five lost sleep, and 19 per cent were less productive at work. Other knock-on effects include how well homeowners were able to socialise (18%) and children being unable to do their homework (14%).


Delays also led to conflicts, with one in five saying it caused arguments in their household, and one in ten saying they fell out with their neighbours. Many have been involved with disagreements with those undertaking the work, with 19 per cent saying they fell out with their builders and tradespeople throughout the delays.

The research also found that homeowners having an extension built faced additional complications, including having to accommodate unforseen challenges such as extra groundwork (35%), having to use multiple different trade teams (31%), their home being exposed while work was carried out (27%), mess elsewhere in their property (27%) and complications with their design (25%).


Alex Hewitt, Marketing Director for new building system hup!, which undertook the research, said: “A home extension project can often be a major undertaking, and potential delays are one of the main worries people have before building work begins. While our findings show there are reasons to be concerned about traditional methods of building, hup! has been designed as a new and transformative option to eradicate those fears.


“For example, hup! is five times faster to build, meaning what would usually take weeks or months will take days or weeks. This is because it’s delivered as a kit of parts which are connected together rapidly on site, and it can be built in any conditions meaning it isn’t subject to lengthy weather delays.

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“There are additional benefits to hup!, too. For example, for those wanting to transform an old conservatory, it can be built onto an existing base which saves a homeowner more time, money and hassle, and it is installed by a single team who manage the project from end to end, meaning there aren’t four or five different trades on site at any one time.


“The hup! system is already having a big impact across the UK for homeowners looking for a faster, easier and more sustainable way to build. By using hup!, homeowners can worry less about the stress of potential delays and disruption, and instead focus on a brand new space which will change their lives.”

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