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Architecture & Building, Planning Permission

Planning A Porch Extension For The First Time

First impressions are important to people. So you should create a warm welcome for guests by adding a stylish and functional porch extension to the front of your home. 

What Is A Porch Extension?

A porch is a single storey structure. That can be enclosed and projects out from the front of the house.

Designing The Porch –  

A porch not just adds an extra bit of storage for shoes, or coats, it can be completely bespoke to suit your needs. A porch also can provide extra security benefits because it creates a barrier between your front door and the outside. Closed porches also are energy efficient because they prevent heat escaping and it saves you a bit on your bills. There are many different porch designs and choices when it comes to building one. Starting from brickwork, front doors, windows, and roof options. However, when you are making these choices, you need to make sure you are integrating the design of your original house.  

Planning Permission –  

A porch is considered to be permitted development. This means that you do not require an application for planning permission, provided: 

  • The ground floor area would not exceed three square meters 
  • No part would be more than three meters above ground level.
  • No part of the porch would be within two meters of any boundary of the dwelling house and the highway 

You would also need to check if you live in a listed building or a conservation area before you start your project.   Prices of a porch extension –  The prices of a porch extension can vary depending on what you want to do to the property and if you have a budget. Adding a porch typically costs around £1000-£1,200 per meter square. Installing a porch will very likely increase your home’s value. When it’s time to sell your home, some sources say the average return on investment for a porch addition is around 84%.  

Porch extension
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Porch extensions: are they worth it?

Building a porch extension can improve your home in many ways. Firstly, they’re a great way to add extra space, and security. As well as, redesigning the look of the front of your house. If you are considering whether you should add a porch to your home, there are a few factors to account for first.  

Why do houses have porches? 

 Security –  

For many families, the biggest benefit is that porches increase the security of your home. This is because the act as an extra barrier, protecting your home from any unwanted visitors. Having to break through two entrances might put off home invaders, or at least give you some extra time to call the police.  

Energy efficient – 

Porches can help your homes energy efficiency. When it’s cold outside, and you enter your porch the second door creates a barrier and prevents the cold air from sweeping into your hallway. It also provides a space to take of your dirty shoes in the winter, so the house stays clean.  

Space –  

Although, it may not seem like a huge addition a porch can add a lot of valuable space. It’s the perfect area to store coats, shoes or outdoor items you might not want inside your home. Particularly if your front door leads straight into your living room or kitchen.  

Aesthetic –  

One of the main reasons people choose to install a porch is to improve the aesthetic of their home. A well-built and decorated porch can create a welcoming entryway instead of just a regular door.  

Will a porch add value to your home? 

Firstly, by adding a porch you are increasing the square footage of your property which will add value to your property. A porch will provide an average return on investment of 84%. The cost and return varies by region, as some places are more suitable for porches than others.    

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