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Looking for house extension builders in Manchester and the North West? Our team of experienced project managers will work with you to design, plan and build your dream home extension or loft conversion.

If you’re unsure of how much a house refurbishment in Manchester costs, try using our design and planning, home extension or loft conversion calculators to get a realistic, personalised estimate.

It has the real wow factor

we were hoping for and we are so pleased we chose First Choice Extensions for our project.

CustomerWrap around single storey extension and full house refurbishment, Lymm >> Video testimonial

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Unique home extension

Personally we had great service from First Choice Extensions. Our build was finished on time, I would highly recommend Tony and his team to anyone.

CustomerSingle storey wrap around extension, Bowdon, Altrincham

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A superb garage conversion

We are truly delighted with the build quality of our garage conversion and the manner in which the whole project was carried out.

CustomerDouble Garage Conversion, Poynton.

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Why choose us?

Watch our short explainer video to find out what our Manchester extension builders and planners can do for you.

Recent Projects

We plan and build home extensions and conversions around the North West. Our services span to Stockport, Lymm, Hale, Stretford and Altrincham, to name a few.

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Our Working Area, Our Projects

First Choice Extensions provide a complete North West extension building service.

Our previous projects span across the area, and include home refurbishments in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Whether you’re looking for a home extension in Stockport, you want to convert your Altrincham loft, we can assist you.

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Our Projects

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Make your space work for you

First Choice Extensions provide a complete building service to the highest standard throughout the North West. From a single garage conversion to a double storey extension, we create the space you need to suit your lifestyle.


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Great pride is taken by our team to ensure the highest standard of craftsmanship during the build. Your dedicated project manager will liaise with you throughout the process to ensure that your project is completed within your budget and to your total satisfaction.



Love your place but need more space?

First Choice Extensions is a family run company with more than 20 years experience of building house extensions in Manchester and the surrounding areas. We specialise in extending and refurbishing different homes around the North West.

Manchester extensension builders & planners who understand what you want

At First Choice Extensions, we work with clients in many different ways, to suit their needs. Some clients have scheme drawings produced before contacting us. We are happy to work from client supplies drawings, but if no drawings are available, we can discuss your ideas and offer guidance.

We will work with you to develop a scheme that meets your family’s needs. If you are concerned about getting planning permission, we will also ensure your needs comply with the requirements of your Local Authority. We have more than 20 years experience working with clients, so we are well-versed in Manchester building laws and how to get planning permission in the North West.

Your wish list

Once you have approved the final size, design and layout of your Manchester house extension, we can start to discuss all the specifications to make the extension part of your home. Many clients see this as the most important aspect of the build and these personal additions help to provide us with a full understanding of your project. This allows for a fixed price quotation from our team of North West extension builders.

Which Extension Builders in Manchester to Choose?

Most people looking for extension builders in the North West arrange for three or four local building companies to provide quotations for their projects. Those looking for house refurbishment Manchester services, for example, ask a handful of builders to give quotes before making a decision, and the same for people planning house extensions in Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Three key factors that are always considered by clients are the final quotation, the quality of the workmanship and the company’s reliability.

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Peace of Mind

Moving Forward

First Choice Extensions would ensure that your fixed price Manchester house extension or refurbishment quote is included in your customer contract, along with your specifications. This would include a payment schedule and your preferred start date. We understand that client specifications can change. To combat this, we have a contract variation form that can increase or reduce the original scope of works during the build.

During the build

We understand that your family and work commitments are a priority. First Choice Extensions take care of all aspects of your Manchester extension build, allowing your day to day routine to continue as normal. We will liaise with the Building Control officer to ensure compliance during the build phases. We will also provide you with weekly progress reports and we set agreed on-site client/company meetings to ensure we are meeting targets.

Final finish

Towards the final phases of the build, a closer working relationship is usual. We may be responsible for the installation of supplied products like kitchens, bathroom suites, floor and wall tiles. We would liaise with your suppliers to ensure the products are supplied on time to allow for continuity of work.

Completion and guarantees

On completion, we would provide you with all your relevant documentation from the local authority. All our extensions carry an insurance backed Ten-year guarantee with the Home Improvement Protection scheme. (

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of house extensions in Manchester vary depending on several factors. These include:

  1. The size of your planned extension (building costs are usually calculated per square metre)
  2. The materials you plan to use to build and finish your home extension
  3. Your deadlines and time constraints

Generally speaking, the average cost for the extension in Manchester falls between £1,500 - £2,500 per m2. You can find out more information about how much a house extension Manchester costs, by using our extension cost calculator. This will generate a realistic estimate for you, based on each of the above factors, as well as several others. This will help you to understand how much it will cost you to build a home extension in the North West, as well what the costs our team of extension builders in Manchester would be for you if you enlisted our help.

Many people ask us how far you can extend a house without planning permission.

The answer depends on the kind of extension they are planning. Generally speaking, rear extensions are the easiest to organise with local authorities; they have the least amount of red-tape and they are the most straightforward kinds of house extension to undergo.

Additionally, most kind of single storey extension builds are usually permitted without needing planning permission or approval from local authorities. This is provided the extension plan is four metres of less for detached houses, and three metres or less for other kinds of house.

If you are thinking about building a North West house extension, you might be concerned about how to start, and whether it is or isn’t best to enlist the help of a qualified architect.

While it is possible to build a house extension or renovate your house by yourself, it is strongly advised that you seek professional assistance during the design and planning stages of your project. This is because it is important that the structure of your house is assessed properly before building works are started. Not getting the advice or support of professional planners, designers or architects can result in severe issues, such as compromising the structural integrity of your home and causing irreparable damage.

So, while it is not an absolute necessity that you have the help of an architect for a house extension (in Manchester or anywhere in the UK) it is advised that you at least have your plans approved by one (or another qualified professional) before beginning your build.

First Choice Extensions have worked on various home extensions. Manchester city, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire are all included in the areas which our team of professional extension builders cover.

Past projects include house extensions in Stockport as well as extensions in Hale, Lymm, Cheadle Hulme and Altrincham.

Our services span across the whole of the North West, and include:

  • House extensions in Greater Manchester
  • House extensions in Cheshire
  • House extensions in Lancashire
  • Loft conversions and home refurbishments in Manchester and across all areas

There are many ways to add space and value to your home while on a budget. If you are looking for cheap house extension ideas, you could opt for:

  • Extend your kitchen. If you are looking to extend your house as cheaply as possible, and your budget only stretches to one room, it’s often advised to pick the kitchen. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, kitchen extensions can add up to 4% value to your home. As well as this, the kitchen is at the centre of the house, so you’ll feel the extra space the most here.
  • Opt for a single-storey extension. Single-storey extensions in the North West cost less than double-storey extensions -- in some cases they can be 50% of the cost. If you’re on a limited budget, opt for one floor rather than two.
  • Choose a conversion over an extension. Basement, garage and loft conversions can be a great way to upgrade and improve your home much more cheaply than if you were extending. Find out how much one would cost you using our specially-designed loft conversion cost calculator.

Single storey extensions in Manchester are a popular choice, and we often have clients come to us for help with them.

We’ve completed several single storey extension projects in Manchester and around the North West. A few of our completed projects include:

We provide extension, conversion and home refurbishment services to clients in the North West of England with our team of experienced extension builders. Manchester and surrounding areas are all included in our list of frequently-covered locations.

Our North West extension services include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • North West extensions, conversions and refurbishments, throughout Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire House extensions in Salford -- including Eccles, Clifton, Little Hulton, Walkden, Worsley, the city of Salford, Irlam, Pendlebury, Cadishead, Patricroft and Monton
  • Home extensions in South Manchester -- including Chorlton, Didsbury, Withington and Fallowfield and Wythenshawe
  • Home extensions in Bury -- including Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Toggington and Whitefield Extension design and building in Stockport -- including Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle, Gatley, Hazel Grove, Marple and Romiley Woodley
  • House extensions in Trafford and Stretford -- including Altrincham, Bowden, Hale, Sale, Urmston and Partington
  • Home extensions and renovations in Oldham -- including Chadderton, Shaw and Crompton, Failsworth, Lees, Royton and Saddleworth

For more information about the different locations our extension builders in Manchester cover, call us on 01625 885 030.

Space for living

Drawing & Survey

Many homes in the North West can benefit from an extension but before any work can start you will need to have working drawings outlining the proposed extension works and specification. These must include the relevant information for submission to the Local Authority, whether that’s Manchester council, Salford Council, Stockport Council or so on. First Choice Extensions can guide you through this stage and can provide all the necessary services to ensure compliance.

Are you right at the beginning stage of planning your dream home extension?

If so, our Design & Planning services are the perfect way to start your project on the best footings. Use our online Design & Planning calculator to find out how much it will cost.

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Included in your Design & Planning quote

There's a whole host of things included in the price you pay for the design and plan of your building work. Here's the comprehensive list of everything included in the price:

Home consultation

During the initial home appointment, we would develop a scheme that meets your family’s needs and that will also comply with the requirements of the Local Authority.

Full measured survey of property

Our surveyor will visit your home to complete a property survey, this allows the production of a scaled set of CAD drawings detailing your existing property and your final design scheme.

Unlimited drawing amendments

Following the technical drawings completion, any minor amendments, alterations, or additions to your scheme are completed free of charge.

Planning advice and submission of application

Complete guidance throughout the planning phase. If planning permission is required or if your scheme falls under permitted development, we will submit your application to your Local Planning Office and provide email updates on the progress of your application.

Full building regulation pack & submission

Completion of technical construction drawings and submission of any building control notices with email updates on the progress of your application.

Structural calculations & report

Your final design scheme may include structural alterations to your property. Our Manchester structural engineers report will contain all the information required for the design scheme construction and your Building control officer.

Detailed schedule of works

A full work breakdown schedule (WBS) or Project Programme is provided to offer detailed milestones throughout the build period.

Fixed price quotation

We would provide a detailed fixed price quotation for the construction of your Manchester house extension, conversion or refurbishment project. Once you have this, our team of extension builders in Manchester can get to work making your design into a reality.

Request your free home survey

or call us on 01625 885 030