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General Building

General building, remodelling and construction services.

  • Masonry work
  • Repointing service
  • New builds and refurbishments
  • Extensions and loft conventions
  • Roofing
  • Carpentry
  • Plastering
  • Tacking, dry-lining and insulation
  • Landscaping
  • Rendering
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Architecture
  • Interior designer

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Exceeding expectations

No job in general building sector is too big or small for River ODP ltd to consider, it all comes down to availability. Please get in touch and we can assist and guide you on the next steps and inform you of our availability. We look forward to your call.

Whether it’s a completely new development, renovation of an existing building or a specialised element of building work, River ODP ltd has the knowledge and expertise to deliver a high quality product on time and within budget, and we pride ourselves on never stinging the client with hidden extras at the end of the project.

River ODP ltd operates with utter professionalism and attention to detail, these being factors we never take lightly. We communicate with our clients frequently throughout the project to insure we are always on the same page at every stage, mitigating any confusion going forward and insuring the working relationship is a happy and peaceful one from conception to completion.

With a comprehensive understanding of the building industry and an equally comprehensive knowledge in public relations we feel River ODP ltd is a premium choice in the building sector in the south of England and have countless testimonials to back this claim up. Building your dream shouldn’t be daunting or confusing, it should be one of the most exiting joyous things you the customer has embarked on. River ODP ltd will serve you to ensure this is the case every time. With our motto “Exceptional is key” always ringing true.

General building services

General building is a vast array of different trade types. As a rule of thumb always steer clear from a “Jack of all trades”, luckily for you we know what we’re the best at. The services we promote on this page that we don’t physically do in-house, our partners we work with are the best we’ve found in 40+ years in the industry and we insure and back their work 100%. Below is a list of services we provide. River ODP ltd can project manage the complete project from conception to completion and use entirely our team, also we are happy to work in with another team, and or undertake certain specialised elements of the project.

Masonry work
All aspects of masonry work considered
Repointing service
Grind out using a M-class dust extraction unit, we offer all types of pointing styles and colour match existing mortar.
New builds and refurbishments
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Extensions and loft conventions
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All aspects of roofing considered
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All aspects of carpentry considered
In-house plastering expert
Tacking, dry-lining and insulation
In-house tacking, dry-lining and insulation experts.
All aspects of Landscaping considered
In-house rendering expert
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In-house gas safe plumber
In-house fully accredited electrician
In-house fully accredited architect
Interior designer
In-house fully accredited interior designer
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Property Extensions without Planning Permission

In some cases, you may be able to extend your property without the need for planning permission. This will depend on the size and type of the extension you are planning, as well as the location of your property. Here are some common examples of property extensions that may not require planning permission:

If your extension does not exceed 3 meters in depth for an attached house or 4 meters for a detached house, and it does not go beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 6 meters, you may not need planning permission.
You may be able to convert your loft into a living space without planning permission if it falls within certain size and height limits and does not exceed the height of the existing roof.
ou may not need planning permission if you are converting an existing garage into a living space, as long as the external appearance of the garage does not change.
If your porch is within certain size limits and does not exceed a certain height, you may not need planning permission.

However, it’s important to note that there are still building regulations that must be followed even if planning permission is not required. It’s also recommended that you check with your local planning authority to confirm whether your proposed extension falls within the permitted development rights or requires planning permission.

If you are unsure about whether you need planning permission for your proposed extension, it’s always best to seek advice from a professional, such as an architect or a planning consultant. They can help you to determine whether your plans are within the permitted development rights and guide you through the planning process.

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How to extend a house

a guide to planning your extension

Extending a house is a great way to add extra space and value to your home. However, it’s important to plan your extension carefully to ensure that it meets your needs and complies with building regulations. Here’s a guide to planning your extension:

Think about why you want to extend your home. Are you looking to add more living space, create a home office, or add a bedroom? Understanding your reasons for extending will help you to plan the layout and design of your new space.
Decide how much you can afford to spend on your extension. This will help you to determine the size and complexity of your project. Remember to include all costs, such as design fees, planning permission, building materials, and labor costs.
Work with an architect or designer to create a plan for your extension. Consider the style and materials of your existing house and try to create a design that complements them. Think about the size and shape of the new space and how it will connect to the rest of your house.
Check if you need planning permission for your extension. Your architect or designer can help you with this process. You may also need to get approval from your neighbors if your extension will affect their property.
Once you have planning permission, you can start looking for a contractor to build your extension. Get quotes from several builders and check their references and qualifications before making a decision.

Before work begins, you may need to prepare your home for the building work. This could involve moving furniture, protecting your possessions, and creating temporary living spaces.

During the building work, it’s important to monitor progress regularly. This will help you to ensure that the project is on schedule and within budget. If any issues arise, address them promptly to avoid delays.
Once the building work is complete, you can add the finishing touches to your new space. This could include decorating, furnishing, and landscaping the surrounding area.

Overall, extending a house can be a complex and time-consuming process, but with careful planning and preparation, you can create a beautiful and functional new space that adds value to your home.

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For planning permission purposes, orangeries are considered as single-storey extensions.

Permitted development rights offer a homeowner a lot of possibilities to extend their property without the need for a full planning application. The Rights for single-storey extensions are surprisingly generous and allow for a reasonably sized extension.

Therefore, orangeries DON’T need planning permission IF they’re built within the permitted development guidelines*.

Planning permission can be confusing (and serious if you get it wrong) so it’s essential that you fully understand the guidelines before you start a project. For this reason, you should only work with expert tradesmen who can help you.

*Note, if you live in a listed building or a conservation area you have tighter restrictions.

Most home improvement should add value to your home IF it’s done to a high standard and in keeping with the property.

A conservatory can add between 5-12% to the value of a property. Whilst an orangery can add as much as an extension depending on the finish.

Bad DIY can seriously devalue a property – adding uPVC windows to a period property (instead of traditional timber). So, anything that you do build must be of a high standard. Old, badly built uPVC conservatories can put off potential buyers if you want to sell.

It’s important to consider the style of the property and what would best suit the house. For example, an Edwardian semi would better suit a conservatory whilst a traditional stone-built detached house would suit the grandeur of an orangery.

Gardens are a desirable feature of a house so if you have limited garden space you should consider how much garden area you want to retain to maximise the property value.

If you speak to a local estate agent they can offer advice on what is popular in your area and what will most add value to your property.

Building a conservatory depends on the design and the size. Some lean-to conservatories can take just a day whilst big more complicated ones can take weeks. The installers surveyor will have an idea of the installation times.

The actual process of erecting the conservatory frame and installing the glass is relatively quick, however there are other stages that need to be considered in the process and these will differ depending on what you include in your design.

All new conservatories will require a foundation to be laid. This will require a trench and brickwork to be laid and for a cement base to be poured and to set. If you are having a design that includes a dwarf wall, this will need to be finished prior to the installation of the frame.

Other stages in the process of building a conservatory include plastering on the interior walls and the addition of electricity outlets. You may also need to have access to the conservatory added from your home if there is not existing space.

Your local installer and surveyor have experience in the design and construction of many different styles of conservatory, and they will be able to give you a clear idea of exactly how long the work will take and how soon you will be able to enjoy your new living space.

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