Extension plans

We can prepare your extension plans for Planning and Building Regulation approval

What to consider when planning your extension

Building an extension can be very stressful but we believe good planning can help take away a large proportion of this stress. We have put together a few pointers to help you through the most common pitfalls that catch people out. We have tried to lay down a thought process which should see each stage role seamlessly onto the next without any hassle.

The starting point for any project is to consider “what do i want to achieve?” and “what is my budget”. Once you have determined these factors you can start asking yourself what type of extension you need and what function will it serve. Are you building to gain more space or do you want to create that utility room or WC you have always needed, is it to gain an additional bedroom?

If you are considering a single storey extension to gain extra kitchen space or a WC then this will be quicker and cheaper than a two storey extension. Planning is generally easier to obtain with a single storey extension and sometimes not required if considered as permitted development.

You also need to consider the resale implications. It is almost certain that if an extension is done right it will add value to the property, but if the design is not practical you may not recoup your investment fully.  The appearance of the extension is also critical, not just for planning but for the aesthetics, the extension should complement the existing house.

Legal implications of building an extension.

  • Familiarise yourself with the Party Wall Act 1996
  • Check your deeds, are you allowed to build an extension?
  • Check to see if planning is required.
  • It is more than likely Building Regulations will apply.

To Recap;

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What is your budget?
  • Check you are permitted to build an extension on the house deeds?
  • Check to see if planning is required.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Party Wall Act 1996.
  • If you haven’t got any one to advise on design then ensure that it is sympathetic to the existing dwelling and practical.

If you decide that you would like us to undertake the design we will arrange the following for you as part of our service.

  • Liaise with you to achieve your intended brief.
  • Prepare your plans for planning and building regulation approval.
  • Liaise and attend meetings in order to achieve planning approval.
  • Prepare a full construction specification.
  • Advise on your duties under the Party Wall Act 1996
  • Assist you checking your deeds.
  • Advice you on the resale implications of your extension.

To discuss your project and a free consultation please contact us.