10 Mar 2014

Extension

Adding space to a home via extension is one answer to increasing your living environment without needing to delve into the property market. Extensions can take a number of formats – contrasting or complementary, double-storey or underground, sunroom or annexe – with the options merely limited by space, area and budget. You might even want to reconfigure the existing room arrangement to complement and add efficiency to the additional space.

As with all home-building projects, thorough research is integral, but here’s a few of the essentials:

• Be aware of how your extension will affect neighbours who may attempt to block plans with the legally established ‘right to light’.
• Remember that there are different development rules for terraced and semi-detached houses, as well as Conservation Areas and listed buildings.
• Recognise that some trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders before you remove them!
• Once you have planning signed off, you can start work within 48 hours of notifying building control.

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Examples

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    After 12 years of living in their late-Victorian East Dulwich home, husband and wife Paul and Lindsay Davies were forced to admit that their kitchen was no longer fit for purpose. With little room to…

  • Aye, Aye, Captain
    Located in Shooter’s Hill, one of the oldest parts of London’s Blackheath, this Grade II Listed captain’s house was more than a little faded, and in many ways unsuited to modern family life. An innovative…

  • Loft Conversions 101 with Sophie Nguyen
    In this article, Sophie Nguyen, Director at Sophie Nguyen Architects, offers her professional advice on converting lofts for optimum spatial and aesthetically-pleasing, relaxing areas so you can make the most of your conversion.

  • A Room With A View
    More square footage to enjoy as a family was just one of the driving factors behind one couple’s decision to extend the ground floor of their Manchester home, with the opportunity to make the most…

  • Righting a Wrong
    This stunning four-bedroom detached property in a rural village near Southampton already had two rear extensions; however, they were so poorly thought-out; they created more problems than they solved. So, with a focus on converting…

  • Never Paint Your Render Again
    A typical suburban street will have a mixture of homes; some modern, some older, some with exposed brick and some finished with a coloured render.

  • Case Study: Contemporary Open-plan Kitchen and Family Room Extension
    Alison and Phil Ball, both working at family company Heating & Boiler Services Ltd, had always dreamed of creating a light and contemporary family living space in their home in Rainhill near Liverpool.

  • Why you should Extend Instead of Moving
    As UK house prices and stamp duties continue to increase the costs of moving, a growing number of people have begun improving their homes in favour of making a move.
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