Why move when you can improve? There are lots of reasons to extend your home, whether you want to create more space, add value to your home or just love the area in which you live. A good architectural designer will be able to give you the right advice and options.
Firstly, you should consider the basics, what do you want to achieve with this extension? This will form a good brief for your project. At this early stage, its best not to focus too much on the specific details. It is better to say you need an extra bedroom and a bigger Playroom, rather than you want to extend the ground floor, on the left-hand side, next to the current dining area. An architectural designer will be able to provide you with the professional advice you need to create the best layout and make the most out of this extension.
Should You Move Out While Extending?
This all depends on personal preference. In an ideal world you would move out while the work is carried out then move back in to a lovely new extension, however its not that easy for most people. If you do decided to move out, remember to include costs of living else ware into your budget.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Some extensions may or may not need Planning Permission, the most important guidance for extensions is that if it is within 2m of a boundary it will need a planning application submitting. It also must not be within 7m of the opposite boundary.The second key aspect of guidance is that an extension cannot extend more than 3m from the original house, on both floors, no matter if the house is detached or not. Other factors which also apply, matching materials, no balconies and obscured side windows.You can send us your details and we will be able to let you know if your require Planning or not.
Will my Extension need Building Regulations?
Regardless of whether your new extension requires planning permission or not, you will need Building Regulations Approval. Building regulations are rules approved by Parliament laid down to ensure the minimum design and construction standards are achieved. These cover all manner of subjects such as fire and other forms of safety, insulation, the drainage system, and access. We have more information in our Building Regulations Guide.