Extension Plans Drawn –
Extension Plans Drawn –
When it comes to designing your home extension project, you will typically be restricted to four basic differences: a single or a double-storey extension with a flat or a pitched roof. To get a better understanding whether your plans are expected to be accepted, take a look around your area to see what type of extensions your neighbours have built. Your proposal might even meet the requirements under the Permitted Development rule, in which case you will not need to apply for Planning Permission.
Athtech Designs will be able to help by giving you free advice regarding planning and building permissions. Home and kitchen extensions are very adaptable and moderately cost-effective, so without having to move or buy a new house, you can choose the kind of transformation and get a new room or the kitchen you like. With Athtech Designs extension services, our qualified team of architects and structural engineers work with you to turn your current property into your dream forever home.
Extension Plans Drawn in Wigan & St Helens
Are you thinking of improving your current home and adding value for when you decide to move on? Consider adding an extension! Follow this helpful step-by-step guide:
Step One: Research Consult with a local estate agent to determine the types of improvements that sell well in your area. You can also ask for recommendations and advice from those who have previously had an extension.
Step Two: Planning Permission Planning laws have been relaxed, which means you can add an eight-meter single-story extension to the rear of your property without planning permission. However, if you’re looking to go double height or extend out to the side, you may need to visit your local planning office to start the planning process. If you live in a conservation area, it’s essential to speak with the planning department before undertaking any extension.
Step Three: Building Regulations Whether or not you need planning permission, you must comply with building regulations that cover issues like insulation, drainage, and fire safety. You can choose to submit a Full Plan Submission to the local authority and pay a fee for a building inspector to periodically oversee the work or submit a Building Notice that notifies the council that you intend to start work in 48 hours and will comply with all regulations. To minimize risk, it’s recommended that you submit a Full Plan.
Step Four: Find an Architect Whether you want to create something unique or simply add extra living space, you’ll need an architect. Contact professional bodies such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) to find a qualified architect with professional indemnity insurance.
Step Five: Find a Builder You can manage the project yourself to reduce costs, but it can be difficult to juggle project management with a full-time job. Consider using a design and build company or finding a good builder who can deliver the work on time and to budget. Personal recommendations are a good starting point, but always get several fixed-price quotations to compare. Ensure that your builder has the necessary insurance and professional certification and is willing to let you check their past work.
Step Six: Move Out It makes sense to move out during the worst of the disruption. If you don’t have friends or family nearby, book local accommodation. But, it’s important to never go on holiday, leaving the builder in charge.
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