House Extensions

Shomera would love the opportunity to design your house extension and renovation project.

Once designed, we would like to build it for you too.
It’s called Design & Build.

Design

Design affords the opportunity to work through your ideas with an experienced design team before a shovel hits the ground.  Also, with 3D sketches you can really see what your home is going to look like before we start.

Build

In one of the most important projects you will ever undertake, reliability and quality are paramount.  Our experience and reputation ensure you have these.  You can trust us to transform your home.  You are in safe hands.

Live

The build is completed, the professional cleaners have left and all certificates sent. Now, you and your family can enjoy the rewards of your investment.  Light, space and comfort to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

 
Creating beautiful
open-plan living spaces
changing the way you live.

There are a lot of things we do along the way to ensure you get a great home and your huge investment is safe and worthwhile.

Listening to you
Our first job is to listen to you. We have more experience than any company/practice in Ireland and UK in Designing & Building House Extensions, but to know how to apply our expertise, we need to hear from you. What do you want, how do you live, what are the must-haves for you and your family? You tell us, we listen to you.
Brief
Light, Space & Beauty
Every home has limitations and potential. It is our job to overcome the limitations and exploit the potential, so we deliver a great space for you to be, full of light and beautiful to look at.
Form
House Extensions
Space that Works
Too often designers try to impress or try something new. We focus on design principles and design detail to deliver you space that works. We succeed when your home is a great space and works for you 365 days a year.
Function
Built to last
Looking good (form) and working well (function) is capped off by a building that will last the test of time. It will weather well, keep you warm, cosy and will continue to work well. We design with the Irish climate in mind, so you can depend on your home to perform.
Longevity
The Goldilocks Effect
In summary, we aim for the “The Goldilocks Effect” – where everything is just right. Plenty of light but also the feeling of being sheltered in those cold, dark months. The building looks great and also stands up to the extreme weather. Plenty of space and lots of areas that feel comfortable and well appointed.
Final Design
Eliminating Risk
This is one of the biggest investments you will make. You need to get it right and it needs to come with reassurances. There are many risks. Will the design work, will the project stay on budget, will the build schedule be observed, will the quality of build be good and is the company going to be around to deal with any issues? We will answer these concerns and allow you focus on the transformation of your home so your family can enjoy a new way of living.
Trust
In and Out
With off-site construction, time on site is cut in half. We rigorously manage the project so it stays on track according to the schedule we send before we start on site. We are in your home less than half the time of a really good construction company.
On-Budget
Cross the T’s
You only get one chance to get it right. Everything from Health & Safety on site, Structural Certification, compliance with Building Regulations, final certification and oh yes, the professional clean at the end is part of our service to you.
Regulations
Reputation & Experience
Trust is vital when you undertake a life-changing project like this. Shomera have ISO certification which means our whole system of work is audited by the NSAI annually. We have completed more projects than any other company, we have 95% customer satisfaction rating and a reputation for reliability.
Safe Hands
Listening to you
Our first job is to listen to you. We have more experience than any company/practice in Ireland and UK in Designing & Building House Extensions, but to know how to apply our expertise, we need to hear from you. What do you want, how do you live, what are the must-haves for you and your family? You tell us, we listen to you.
Brief
Light, Space & Beauty
Every home has limitations and potential. It is our job to overcome the limitations and exploit the potential, so we deliver a great space for you to be, full of light and beautiful to look at.
Form
House Extensions
Space that Works
Too often designers try to impress or try something new. We focus on design principles and design detail to deliver you space that works. We succeed when your home is a great space and works for you 365 days a year.
Function
Built to last
Looking good (form) and working well (function) is capped off by a building that will last the test of time. It will weather well, keep you warm, cosy and will continue to work well. We design with the Irish climate in mind, so you can depend on your home to perform.
Longevity
The Goldilocks Effect
In summary, we aim for the “The Goldilocks Effect” – where everything is just right. Plenty of light but also the feeling of being sheltered in those cold, dark months. The building looks great and also stands up to the extreme weather. Plenty of space and lots of areas that feel comfortable and well appointed.
Final Design
Eliminating Risk
This is one of the biggest investments you will make. You need to get it right and it needs to come with reassurances. There are many risks. Will the design work, will the project stay on budget, will the build schedule be observed, will the quality of build be good and is the company going to be around to deal with any issues? We will answer these concerns and allow you focus on the transformation of your home so your family can enjoy a new way of living.
Trust
In and Out
With off-site construction, time on site is cut in half. We rigorously manage the project so it stays on track according to the schedule we send before we start on site. We are in your home less than half the time of a really good construction company.
On-Budget
Cross the T’s
You only get one chance to get it right. Everything from Health & Safety on site, Structural Certification, compliance with Building Regulations, final certification and oh yes, the professional clean at the end is part of our service to you.
Regulations
Reputation & Experience
Trust is vital when you undertake a life-changing project like this. Shomera have ISO certification which means our whole system of work is audited by the NSAI annually. We have completed more projects than any other company, we have 95% customer satisfaction rating and a reputation for reliability.
Safe Hands

Testimonials

Given our garden is North-facing, their consideration of the orientation and how best to capture light was fantastic.  We’ve been in our new home for a year now and every time, I feel like I am walking into a magazine.

Mary Simons

Appointing Shomera to design & build our extension was the best decision we made.  Although we had spoken with a number of architects, Shomera were the only party that listened, understood and delivered on the brief with a realistic budget. 

Evelyn Byrne

Everything from light, layout and storage has been carefully thought through and delivered by the Shomera team. The 3D visualisations have been hugely helpful for us to see how our home will be once the project is completed.

Julie O’Sullivan

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Village

Whether it’s a Garden Room or House Extension, seeing is believing and nothing replaces standing inside the space, so our show area is a must-see.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will have lots of questions when it comes to considering a house extension/renovation project.  We are happy to answer all your questions, but to keep from frustrating our visitors, we have limited the number of questions here to the most common ones.  If we haven’t answered your questions, feel free to contact us.

Exempted development (work on your home that doesn’t require planning permission) includes a substantial allowance for building a house extension.  There are conditions on the size (not greater than 40 SQM), location on your property, height and use of glazing). For most of our clients, we design and build a house extension that does not require planning permission.

Yes, design is a critical factor in getting the most out of your home and we have seen too many poorly designed and completed house extensions, where the extension didn’t work and the existing house suffered.  Also, with increasing regulations, you will have to get the work certified or you can jeopardise the value of your home.  Our design team includes an architect, engineer, QS and master builders. This along with 3D sketches will ensure you get it right.

Most house extensions involve some or a lot of renovation which affects the overall cost of the project significantly.  When you separate out the design costs, structural alterations and renovation to existing, a high-quality extension will cost €2,000+ PSQM (per square metre)

Budget and schedule are critical issues. In some quarters there has been a culture of trying to get more money off the client by saying some items are extras. Our pricing policy is to have an all-in price from the start. More than 95% of our projects come within budget. Some run over because of amendments and additions chosen by the client during the project and a tiny percentage run into unforeseen items (usually to do with ground conditions or the condition of the existing house).

Comprehensive drawings and quotations reduce the risk of running over-budget. It is also important to exercise restraint on finishes when the budget is tight.

 

Because of our factory-built architecture, we spend less than 50% of the time on site as a traditional builder will spend (if he’s a good one).  Make no mistake about it, extending and renovating your home is very disruptive. Because of the cost and availability of short-term lets, many people have no choice but to stay in their home.  We know this is the reality for most people, so we build off-site, spend less time on-site and we do little things to make it work for you, e.g. setting up kitchen appliances temporarily in a sitting room make a big difference. 

Once you have a Certificate of Compliance with Building Regulations and a good design then the extension will add substantially to value of your home. The additional value the extension brings will be subject to a number of specific issues such as your location, house and extension size, and aesthetic to name a few.

The answer to this question depends on the size of the extension and the scope of renovation work to the existing house.  From the time we start on site to completion is anywhere from 8-16 weeks, again dependent on the scale of the project. What we can guarantee you is we will keep to our schedule and be completed much faster than a traditional building contractor.

 

Legislation requires that your house extension is built in compliance with the Building Regulation Act. If a house extension is in compliance, then a Certificate of Compliance may be issued by a qualified professional who has Professional Indemnity Insurance.  This certificate can only be issued either by an architect, engineer or chartered surveyor.  Since most extension and renovation projects involve structural alteration, you will need a structural scheme and certification from a registered engineer also.  All house extensions by Shomera are constructed in compliance with the current Building Regulations, are inspected and issued with a Certificate of Compliance and structural certification as part of our service.