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Extensions

Getting an extension is a great way to improve areas of your home that you use the most, such as kitchens and living rooms. This will give you more space and can allow you to introduce more natural light into your living space, while increasing the value of your property.

There are several benefits to an extension:

  • Bespoke - you can make your extension to fit around your needs, both in terms of space and budget
  • Easy approval - most extensions can get approved easily through your local council
  • Increase the value of your home - an extension can boost the value of your home
  • Open spaces - many people prefer the open plan living space an extension can give you

There are several types of extensions; they vary in size, cost, geometry and it's important to go for the right option to suit your property.

Ground Floor Rear Extension

This is a typical and relatively simple form of ground floor extension. It involves extending the rear of the property, utilising garden space to create new rooms. Or to open the interior of the property to connect existing areas.

The advantages of this development are that it is relatively simple in terms of planning and construction, hence, it is a low cost. The only disadvantage is that you will be sacrificing rear garden space. The benefits of an extension usually outweigh the loss of garden space, it is important to strike a balance when you have a smaller garden.

Ground Floor Side Extension

While a relatively small extension option, it can offer beautiful space with the right design. A side extension will utilise your alleyway space to extend the side of the property.

The advantage is that, rather than using precious garden space, this development uses unused alleyway space.

Ground Floor Wraparound

The largest of the ground floor extensions, a wraparound extension will offer you the most additional space to transform your home. This development combines a rear and side extension to give you additional room space or a large open-plan living space.

The advantage is that due to the side extension you will not need to sacrifice as much space in the garden. Furthermore the large space this extension provides allows for some creative interior designs.

Double-storey/Multi-storey Extension

This type of extension will expand your living space to provide additional space on the ground floor as well as additional bedroom space on the first floor.

This development can transform your home significantly, the additional bedrooms and ground floor space can boost the value of your property.

Conversions

Conversions are a great and cost-effective method of using existing area in your property to create new spaces. Loft conversions transform the unused space in your roof into additional accommodation, that enables the addition of an extra bedroom with an en-suite, if there is enough room.

They can even be used as offices/studies, exercise studios and much more. Our experienced designers will work with you to decide how best to utilise your loft space, with a cost-effective conversion.

Velux loft conversion

Velux conversions are a simple method of converting your loft into a usable living space. Velux windows are installed flush with the roofline leaving the original roof structure untouched.

Dormer Loft Conversion

Dormer conversions are the most common type of loft conversion, mainly due to the fact they offer the most space when converting your loft in to a living space. This method adds a vertical extension to the existing slope on your roof, creating a horizontal ceiling adding more space to your roof space.

Hip-Gable Loft Conversion

The Hip-Gable loft conversion involves converting the hip (slope) of the roof into a flat edge, with the addition of Velux windows. This method will provide extra living space for any number of purposes.

Loft Conversion Considerations

There are a few things to consider when planning a loft conversion:

  1. Head Height
    While there are no minimum ceiling height requirements for loft conversions in the building regulations, it is recommended that a height of more than 2.2m be achieved across the room. If this cannot be achieved, there are other ways around it.
  2. The Pitch
    This is the measurement used to determine the angle of the roof. When converting your loft, it’s important to achieve a higher pitch, so that there is more head height at the centre of the space. Alternatively, you can increase the useable space by implementing a roof dormer or changing the shape of the roof.
  3. Structural Integrity
    Most loft spaces are often designed for storage; hence, these loft conversions will require the addition of floor joists to improve its structural integrity.
  4. Other considerations
    In some cases, the existing roof may not have enough insulation and therefore will need to be upgraded. Furthermore, just because you are not using your loft as a living space doesn’t mean it's not already in use, there may be water tanks and pipe networks in the centre of the space which will need to be moved or removed completely.  Additionally, chimneys and other structural features in your home, will need to be factored in the planning of your conversion.

Garage Conversion

Convert your existing garage into a living space. This method of conversion will transform your garage into useable space such as a bedroom, guest room and much more.

Annexes

An annexe is a self-contained living space that is used within the land of your existing property that you own. An annexe is not a separate dwelling, it is a self-contained space and must be part of one home, occupied by one family to be defined as an annexe.

If you have the space in your garden, an annexe could be an amazing option to further extend your home. Many people use annexes to create a living space for additional family members, giving them their own privacy while still being around the house.

More Services

Whether you need architectural drawings for your planning permission application or for a future project, or any other use, we can help. You can even get 3D architectural plans to visualise your new space in a more realistic way.

Planning Permission

Most building works in the UK will require some level of permission before you can start. Depending on the work you plan to do, there are two types of applications required; Permitted Development Application or Planning Permission Application.

  • Permitted Development Application
    This application seeks to confirm that the proposed development plans fall within the permitted development criteria.
  • Planning Permission Application
    This application seeks to get approval for your proposed plans that fall outside of the permitted planning development.

Permitted Development

Permitted development applies only to houses and outhouses, it does not include flats or maisonettes. There may also be restrictions if you live in a conservation area or in a listed building. Furthermore, if you have had any developments in the past, this may also narrow down your permitted developments options.

If your proposed development falls within the permitted development criteria, then it is advisable to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness. This certificate proves to both the local council and future buyers of your property that the development was lawful and protects you if the planning policies change.

The application process is:

  • An application form
  • Evidence to support application
  • Architectural plans and elevations
  • A site location plan
  • A fee

What falls under permitted development?

  • If the development is to the side (not facing a highway) or at the rear of your house
  • The development does not extend 3m beyond the rear wall of the existing development if an attached house or 4m if detached
  • The materials used must be similar or match that of the existing property
  • The development must be less that 50% the size of the land around the house
  • If the development is a side extension, it must be less than 50% of the width of the existing house
  • The development eves and ridge must not be taller than that of the existing house

For anything outside of these criteria, a planning permission application will need to be submitted.

Full Planning Application

A full planning application is the process whereby the local authority reviews and approves/refuses your proposed development project. You will need to provide drawings and information regarding your proposed development and the council will base their approval on:

  • The design
  • Your property’s history
  • Planning policy
  • Any local restrictions

Our team will help you every step of the way to make the whole process as simple as possible.

Building Regulations

Once the planning application is approved, the next stage is gaining approval from Building Regulations. This application will demonstrate to the local authority that the plans comply with the building regulations in term of structure, fire safety, energy efficiency, drainage etc.

Building Regulations are statutory requirements that all building works need to meet. This is to ensure that a development is safe. This covers the structure, thermal performance, drainage, sound proofing, energy efficiency, fire safety and much more.

In order to demonstrate that your project meets the UK building regulations requirements, you will need to provide a package with a set of technical drawings outlining your development proposal and showing that all legal requirements have been met.

Our engineers will prepare this package for you and ensure that your proposed development covers all the requirements set out in Building Regulations.

Costs and Benefits

If you are looking for a housing upgrade there are two options that are available: move or improve. While moving has its benefits, it can be quite expensive. Improving can help you to achieve the same outcome you are looking for, without the hassle of moving, dealing with estate agents and paying fees/stamp duty costs. Improving will also add value to your property as well as enhance your living space.

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