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UK House Extension Episode 5 - The Second Fix

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

Home decor with second fix items

Second fix refers to all the items you will generally be responsible for buying, supplying and specifying to the builder in a timely manner to ensure you are not the bottleneck to the extension timeline. Second Fix broadly refers to all the items required after plastering of the house, so for e.g. all the electrical fixtures which need connecting to the cables; taps, sinks, baths that need to connect to the plumbing pipes, etc. Your builder may offer to procure them for you but what they buy will largely be based on what your choice is.

Second Fix items you will be buying

This is the phase where you will have to frequently visit shops or spend time on online stores. The Second fix items you will typically have to buy are:

  • Internal Doors, Architraves, Frames, Handles, Hinges

  • Toilets

  • Tiles - Porcelain and Ceramic, Adhesives

  • Bi-folding Door and Windows

  • Roof Lantern

  • Electric sockets

  • Front Porch Door and locks

  • Kitchen Sink and Tap

  • Bathroom suite – Bath tub, Taps, Bath Shower, Bath Cabinet, Toilets, Towel Rail

  • Flooring – Wood or Laminate

  • Underlay boards

  • Skirting boards

  • Kitchen units and worktop

  • Kitchen appliances – Hob, Oven, Microwave, Extractor, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Fridge Freezer

  • Lighting equipment – Fixtures, Bulbs, Dimmers

  • Water Softener

  • Smart control devices – Video Bell, Thermostats

  • Radiators, Valves and TRVs

  • Patio Tiles

  • Paint – Wall and Wood

  • Smoke alarms

and other small items. I mean you get the point, its not a trivial activity to select, buy and get it delivered by the time your builder needs it and ensuring there is space in the house to store it till builder fixes it.

Most often if you do not have the item that will be the one show stopper item your builder will claim caused the delay and if you have the item then most likely it will only be used after a few weeks.

You may be able to reuse some existing items for e.g. your kitchen appliances if they still have life in them and fit your new kitchen décor and layout.

Over the next few blogs we will go over the details on what to look for when buying some of the big ticket items.

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