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.