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Why an orangery is the perfect addition to your home

Firstly, what is an orangery?  

An orangery is a home extension with a glass roof typically covering less than 75% of the overall roof area. As well as, glass walls covering less than 50% of the total wall area.  

Will you need planning permission?  

For planning permission purposes, an orangery is considered as a singles storey extension and are subject to the same regulations. You won’t need planning permission for an orangery if you build within permitted development rights.  

  • It must be under 4m in height and the eaves should be less than 3m high if they are within 2m of a structure boundary 
  • It should not include any balconies, decks or verandas 

How much does it to build an orangery? 

Building an orangery is usually a lot cheaper than building a single storey extension. They are a popular option for people who prefer modern open plan living. They are one of the most affordable ways to create a multi-functional space. The average cost of an orangery costs upwards of £18,000. However, they can be cheaper depending on the size, style, and features you want.  

Are they cold in the winter?  

As the structure is mainly made up of glass, they tend to be cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. If you are debating between a conservatory or an orangery it is good to know, orangeries have more solid wall and roofing compared to a conservatory. They do retain more heat than a conservatory.  

Why they are a great addition –  

Orangeries add amazing depth to your living space, and they can be extremely versatile. They fill the space with light and have great views of the outside. The open space makes it a perfect area for a dining room or living room to entertain friends and family.  

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The basic information to know about Double-storey extensions

A double-storey extension may seem like a much larger project to do in comparison to a single storey. They’re often a more budget-efficient way to add extra space to your home and is a lot cheaper than moving house.  

Will you need planning permission for a double-storey extension?  

It is possible that you can build a double-storey extension under permitted development, but it is very likely that you will need planning permission. The basic rules that planning permission will be required are if the extension:  

  • Extends towards the road 
  • Increases the overall height of the building 
  • Covers more than half the area of land surrounding your home 
  • Is taller than 4m  
  • Extends more than 6m from the rear of an attached house 
  • Extends more than 8m from the rear of a detached house 
  • Is more than half the width of your house 
  • Uses different materials to those of the original house 
  • Includes a balcony or raised veranda 

Designing the double-storey extension –  

You should consider how to blend the extension with your existing home to make sure that it doesn’t look out of place. You can do this by matching the floors and walls between the new and existing space. Another way is to use the same decorations such as colour schemes, furniture and mouldings.  

You may also need to reconfigure the layout of the upstairs to make the new access to the rooms feel natural.  

Adding in windows and doors that capture the most sunlight and the best views are a major point to think about when it comes to designing an extension. Bi-fold doors are a very popular option because it’s a great way to bring the outside in. They also make the space feel bigger and they allow for a lot of sunlight to enter the property.  

How much does a double-storey extension cost?  

The average price of a double-storey extension can cost around £60,000 however, this depends on the size of the space, your location, and how you plan on using the space. 

A big factor in the cost of your extension will be the finish you are aiming to achieve. Here are a few types of finish and what they consist of depending on the size:  

  • Basic – The bare essentials. £40,000 – £90,000 
  • Average – A mix of basic and bespoke items. £47,000 – £95,000 
  • Deluxe – All fixtures and fittings are top quality. £55,000 –  £100,000 

Duration of the project –  

The time scales of your project can never be precise due to delays that can happen. But roughly this is how long you should expect your extension to take:  

  • Small extension – 8 – 10 weeks  
  • Medium extension – 10 – 12 weeks  
  • Large extension – 12 – 14 weeks  

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Oak framed extensions: everything to know before building

An oak frame extension not only provides you with extra space but also brings warmth and character to your home. Here’s everything you need to know when planning to go for oak.  

Why choose an oak framed extension?  

There are many benefits to choosing an oak frame in your build, for example:  

  • The aesthetic – Many people like the look and feel of oak wood, its warm and cosy but also strong and reliable. The oak wood is also sustainable and is an eco-friendlier material.  
  • Faster to build – you can often get oak extension kits, meaning they are built and pre-assembled in workshops. While they are being made groundwork and other preparation start on site. Once completed the oak frame kit is delivered to the site and assembled in a matter of weeks.  
  • Will add value to the property – building an extension will always add value to a property. However, oak is considered to be a luxury becoming an investment down the line.  
  • Oak or timber? – if you are on the fence between the two woods oak is better for framing. Its strength and hardness work better in large, interlocking joints than soft woods do.  

Would you need planning permission?  

When it comes to any extension you must follow the planning rules. So, if your oak extension falls within permitted development, you won’t have to purchase a full planning application. Whereas, if you extend over 6 meters then you will need to apply for planning permission.  

Designing your oak extension –  

The easiest and most cost-effective way to build an oak extension is by working with an oak frame company. These types of extensions also use a variety of materials such as brick to create walls and are sturdier.  

How much would it cost?  

Because the oak frame is considered to be a luxury or premium building material it is more expensive. The average price of the project per square meter would be around £2,500. You also should keep in mind that you need to purchase other elements of the extension. For example, glazing, electrical, interior design, and so on. This means that you should budget accordingly before jumping straight in.  

How long do oak framed buildings last?  

If the building is constructed and maintained properly an oak frame structure can last for around 200 years.  

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How much does an extension cost in 2022?

Adding an extension to your home is a great way of saving money because it is cheaper than moving to a bigger home. Whether you want to increase the size of a current room, add a new room, or even an extra floor and extension is a great way to increase your living space.  

Material prices –  

It would be more expensive to build in 2022 because the prices for building materials across the UK have skyrocketed over the last year. This is due to the increase in supply and demand as a result of lockdowns and Brexit. Because there is a material shortage the prices have fluctuated massively.  

One thing you should consider and be okay with when looking for work to be done:  

  • Longer waiting times  
  • Quotes changing (prices can change quickly) 
  • Higher quotes 

How much does an extension cost?  

The cost of an extension varies majorly depending on the size, how you use it, and what features you would like. The less complex and smaller extension will be the most affordable. 

For a single-storey shell, the average price per square meter is:  

  • On a budget – £1,000 to £1,600.  
  • Mid-range – £1,700 to £2,000.  
  • Luxury – £2,200 to £4,000. 

Meaning on average a 30 square metre single storey extension built on a budget would cost between £30,000 to £48,000 in 2022. Excluding the fitting costs.  

Location of the home –  

The location of the home will affect the price of your build. Contractors in highly popular areas will often charge more, for example, London and the Southeast of the UK. 

How long does it take to build an extension?  

The longevity of the build all depends on the size of the build, the planning permission and gathering materials. Many contractors like to say the project will take around 3-6 months to be built. However, delays are very common, and you should be prepared for them to take slightly longer.   

Will an extension add value to the property?  

It’s almost definite that adding an extension would add value to your property. The average of a single-storey extension adds between 5 – 8 % value.  

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The informative basics to a Chalet/ dormer Bungalow

What is a Chalet bungalow?  

A chalet bungalow is a type of bungalow house that has a small living space on the second floor or loft. A bungalow is generally considered a one-storey structure that is detached from other structures. The chalet bungalow is still essentially a bungalow because it matches the criteria that comprise a bungalow-style home.   

However, people may say that they are really one and a half storeys and not bungalows. They are referred to in British a “chalet bungalows” or “dormer bungalows” 

History of the bungalow –  

The term ‘bungalow’ originated in the Bengali region of India, meaning ‘house in the Bengal style’. These houses were traditionally small, of one storey and detached, and had a wide veranda. The bungalows were built in India for English sailors of the East Indian company. The bungalow became known in Britain, and then America, where it had high status. 

Later in the 1960s, the form evolved into a chalet bungalow with bedrooms in the roof space, with dormers.  

Things you need to bear in mind before you convert –  

Before you start converting your bungalow there are a few things you should consider. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have enough room to install a staircase to access the floor above.   

Another thing to consider is that when converting a property into a chalet, it’s essential that there is plumbing on the new floor. This is so you will be able to have heating and water if you are creating a bathroom.  

How much does it cost to build a chalet/ dormer bungalow in the UK?  

As dormer conversions are relatively straightforward to add to a home, they are the cheaper type of conversion. They would typically cost around £31,000 – £58,000 depending on the size of the conversion and other factors. 

How long do they take to build?  

Most dormer/ chalet extensions can be completed within as little as 6 – 8 weeks. Although, you should keep in mind that the design and planning process can take longer than the build itself.  

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The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Ground Floor Flat Extensions

Improving your home is becoming very popular among homeowners who are looking for more space. This is because with property prices increasing, it is becoming more expensive to move houses. If you own a ground floor flat it can be greatly improved by a bit of construction work.  

Ownership of the flat –  

Firstly, if you are a leaseholder and want to commence works on the property, you must get freeholder consent before you can carry out any internal or proposed building extensions.  

The lease plans will tell you whether the demised premises space is occupied under a lease contract. This includes the garden that comes with the flat, or whether you simply have permission to use it. Some leases don’t allow any construction to take place in the garden, so make sure you check.  

Do you need planning permission?  

Before going into the planning process, it’s a good idea to know what you are trying to gain from the proposed space.   

When adding an extension onto a ground floor flat, planning permission is a must. However, with the right architects by your side, this doesn’t have to be stressful. 

To add an extension to your flat you must apply for planning permission. If your flat is a listed building it is likely that you will need listed building consent. You should contact your local planning authority for advice before you start work. 

Adding work to a listed building that affects the historical character without consent is a criminal offense. 

However, if you are using an architect, they will be the best people to guide and advise you through the planning process.  

Planning your design for the flat extension –  

Once your planning is approved it is a good idea to plan and understand exactly what you require to do with the new space. Do you want to extend the kitchen? Open up the living room? Or create another bedroom?  

It is also important to play around with the space and work out the best layout for the extension. A popular element many homeowners like to include is natural daylight. So, to increase the property value and aesthetic of the home you should think about including skylights and bi-folding doors.  

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Timber Frame Extensions – The Good And The Bad

A timber frame extension is an economical and impactful way to increase your home’s space and add value to your property. This type of extension is often quicker and easier to build than blockwork projects and it’s great if you’re building on a budget.  

Advantages of timber frame extensions –  

Choosing a timber frame structure will allow for a quick build time, it would be weatherproof and secure much faster than other construction methods. Timber is an environmentally friendly material with excellent insulation. This means that not only will your extension be eco-friendly, it will also be energy efficient.  

Your timber frame extension can be produced in any style. It will blend in with your extension home whether that be wood, render, or brick finish. However, because you are allowed to select any style if you would like you could apply a contrasting finish to really make it stand out.  

Disadvantages –  

The timber used in home designs is all pressure treated with preservatives. However, the risk of rot is greater when it comes to working with wood. But assuming they’re built correctly the risk should be minimal.  

 A timber frame won’t resist sound transmission as a well-built home because the block home has more density to it. Although, you can add insulation or sound-deadening materials to stop sound transmission. 

Often people say they don’t feel solid enough compared to traditional extensions.  

Why timber frame extensions are built quickly –  

Timber frames are usually built off-site in a factory and are designed to fit the exact measurements provided. While the frames are getting constructed the external groundwork takes place. They do two things at once because it is important to get it done before the weather changes.  

Once the frame is built the extension will be watertight, allowing for you to install electrics, plaster, and plumbing sooner.  

Deciding you install a timber frame extension can eliminate a lot of issues such as the noise and the mess from the construction. With this, you can gain an extension without feeling stressed and enjoy your house.  

Depending on the scale and complexity of the job, it usually takes between 6 to 12 weeks to design and build a timber extension. 

Will you need planning permission?  

You will need to check with your local council to see if your proposed extension is under permitted development. And if it is not you will need to seek planning permission. You may find that if you live in a conservation area or an area of natural beauty that you have restrictions on what you can achieve.  

How much does a timber frame extension cost? 

On average in the UK, the cost of planning and constructing a timber-framed extension is around £27,000, which is around £1,400-£2,400 per square meter. Prices can vary depending on the size of the project and also what type of timber you are using.  

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What You Need To Know About Flat-Pack Extensions

With not enough houses on the market, and unstable house prices more people are choosing to improve their homes rather than moving. Although it can be a better investment, extensions are not cheap. This is why people are looking for a low-cost option.  

This is why flat-pack extensions are on the rise. Because they are pre-made additions they have been gaining popularity, thanks to their budget-friendly price and quick installation. They are also a great way of adding extra space to your home if you don’t have the space or don’t want construction work going on.  

What is a flat-pack extension?  

A flat-pack extension is a home addition that is built off-site. Either in a workshop or a factory. Once it is constructed it’s delivered to your home, and then put together by the extension provider and a contractor.  

Just like a normal extension, there are many different styles of flat-pack extensions, for example:  

  • Steel 
  • Timber  
  • Brick   
  • uPVC  

Do you need planning permission with a flat-pack home?  

Yes, flat-pack require the same planning and building regulations as a traditional extension. Although, if you are within the permitted development rights you will be able to extend your home without planning permission.  

Flat-pack Extension costs –  

On average a flat-pack extension would cost between £1,260 and £1,680 per square meter for a room that is at a plastered finish. So, you can expect to pay around £25,000-£33,000 for an average-sized single-story extension. However, you need to keep in mind that this doesn’t include paint, flooring, and lighting. All designs are unique so the prices will vary. And also, fees could become 10-15% higher if you’re getting help from architects, planning officers, and engineers.  

Pros – 

One major benefit to having a flat-pack extension is that the only on-site work that needs to be completed is digging the foundations and connecting the utilities. Another benefit is that it would cause less disruption to your everyday life and the neighbour’s and it would be less of an inconvenience.   

Cons –  

With flat-pack extensions, you are limited in the designs you choose, and you might not be able to get an extension that matches your home. This could affect your planning permission and devalue the property. They are also more common on the rear of the property. Which is a disadvantage for someone who was hoping to add a side or a two-story extension.  

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An Informative Step By Step Guide To An Extension

An extension to your home can be an extremely beneficial investment, especially for those that require more space but don’t want to move to another property. And creating additional living space can add a lot of value to your home.    

Step 1 – getting planning permission –  

The first step to creating an extension is confirming and creating an idea for your project. And then once you have decided on the type and style of the extension you require, you must consider whether or not you are permitted to build.  When it comes to extensions either planning permission will be required, or your plan will be accepted following the rules for permitted development.  What is planning permission? Planning permission is the acceptance by the local authority to go ahead with the requested construction plans of a building.    

Step 2 – permitted development rights –  

Permitted development rights are the entitlement to modify a property without the requirement of applying for planning permission. And generally, extensions to a house are covered by permitted development rights.  This is because you need to make sure the extension is within two meters of a boundary maximum eaves height should be no higher than three meters to be permitted development.  

Step 3 – check your budget –  

When it comes to an extension you need to determine a realistic brief that considers the finances of the project and the length of the construction.  You also need to include fees for the architects and designers. This is because their advice can be invaluable, especially when it comes to getting permission.   

Step 4 – think of the design of your extension –  

It is important that you think thoroughly about the design of the extension. You need to think of how the extension will connect to the house. And for example, if you would like to add on the kitchen would you like it to be exposed to the morning sun, or do you prefer a sunset. So, to help with putting your design on paper, it is a good idea to hire an architect.  

Step 5 – what to be aware of when building an extension –  

Listed buildings and conservation areas may have more specific permitted development rights, compared to normal ones. And you should search for expert guidance when it comes to planning. 

Step 6 – applying to a building regulations officer –  

Once that it is confirmed your extension doesn’t need planning permission or if the plans have been accepted it will need to be approved by a building regs officer.  Drawings will then need to be created by an architect and be submitted.  

Step 7 – party wall act –  

The party wall act ensures that the extension doesn’t exceed the boundary of the neighbor’s property. And the neighbors need to be informed of any proposed work in advance.  A party wall surveyor is responsible for producing a party wall award. This will protect you if any unfortunate circumstances where disputes may arise.  

Step 8 – let the Council know –  

Your local Council has to be informed about the extension plans.  

Step 9 – contact professionals –  

The sooner you get in touch the better it will be for you. You should contact planners, contractors, and builders as soon as possible, to have a clear idea of the scale of the project.  

Step 10 – check insurance –  

You should check whether your house insurance is still valid during construction and if it can be extended to site insurance during the works. You should also check the workers’ insurance to see if it is necessary for your site.  

Step 11 – start building  

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What you need to know about a house extension

What is a house extension? 

A extension is built adjoining the existing house. The method of connection requires careful consideration, in particular, openings between the extension and the existing building.   

A house extension can be very attractive to those lacking room inside their home. However, extending your home is likely to be an expensive project. This is because on average a 30 square meter single storey built on a budget cost between £30,000 and £48,000. And if finances can stretch a bit more amid range extension costs between £51,000 and £60,000. 

Without planning permission or neighbor’s permission, the extension must be no taller than 4 meters high and no longer than 3 meters and must be a single storey. And with permission, if your extension is one storey, it can extend up to six meters from the property. However, you can extened a detached house 8 meters.

Rules for a extension  

The extension cannot be higher than the highest part of the existing roof, or higher at the eaves than the existing eaves. Where the extension comes within 2 meters of the boundary, the height of the eaves cannot exceed 3 meters.  

The 45-degree rule is a common guideline used by local planning authorities. This is to determine the impact from a housing development proposal on sunlight and daylight on the neighbors’ properties. 

Do you need an architect for an extension? 

There’s no law requiring you to hire an architect in any scenario, although having one present on these projects helps ensure you create a safe legal addition to your home.  

Purely as an indication, here is a guide to what architects will charge for drawings at different stages of a project: Cost for architects to draw up planning drawings for planning applications starts from £3,000 for extensions and £4,000 for small scale conversions and from £5,000 for small scale new build schemes. 

Will I need planning permission for extension work? For a full planning application, you will need professional architecture drawings, so the answer would be Yes. Your architect should be able to create your more detailed building regulations drawings and instruct a structural engineer on your behalf. 

Architects’ drawings costs vary from customer and project, you could pay anywhere between £1500 to £7000 for the plans alone. This typically doesn’t include any add-on services like extra revisions, project management services, or any type of construction help.  

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