Does your existing living space need modernizing?

At Athtech Designs, we know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where you cook, eat, entertain, socialise and relax. A safe space for the whole family to come together and talk over a well-prepared meal. Does your existing living space need modernizing? Is there enough space for you to host family and friends? Does the space flow between kitchen, living and dining areas like you want it to? If the answer is no, then Athtech Designs can help. We will ensure you end up with the open-plan kitchen of your dreams which is contemporary, chic and functional – giving you the easy flow between living spaces that you’ve been looking for. 


The key to any extension design lies in knowing how best to make your existing layout work for you. Our services are designed to optimize your interior layout to give you a kitchen that maximizes functionality. Whether your home is detached or semi-detached, no matter if you require a one-story extension or a side-return extension, we will work with you to ensure your house transforms into a space that will change your life for the better. 

►To begin with, Athtech Designs will consult with you to develop a detailed brief so that our architects understand exactly what you require from the extension. Whether you want a vaulted ceiling, a skylight, glazed walls or, integrated cooking and refrigeration equipment. Whatever you wish to include in your design, we will work together to make it happen. 

►After we have decided on the layout, we can move onto all the aesthetic parts of the room. The interior design will be executed in a way that will make you never want to leave your new living space! In addition, with Athtech Designs, you can rest assured that the exterior of the extension will be just as beautiful as the interior. 





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Planning Permission Granted in Newton-Le-Willows

Planning has recently been approved by St Helens Council for our client’s ground floor side extension to their semi-detached property in Newton-Le-Willows. In addition, planning permission has also been granted for alterations to a wrap-around link roof over the front porch. 


For this project, the brief we received from the client was: 

►Maximise the available space to better suit their needs (as they care for foster children). 

►Create a new utility space separated from the kitchen. 

►Create a downstairs shower room. 

►Extend the property up to the boundary to create a new peaceful living space overlooking the garden. 


The existing ground floor layout was classic for semi-detached houses in this area: separate reception rooms at the front, with the kitchen and existing lean-to extension to the rear. The proposed alterations and new extension would add a considerable amount of value to their property. 

Now that we have gained planning approval, we have developed a detailed set of Building Regulations drawings. These drawings can be used to get accurate quotes from builders and contractors so that the client can move forward with the build. We are excited to see how the finished project turns out! 



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Save Money on Your Extension

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why extending your home is so popular. It’s the best way to be happy with your house and get the most out of your property. 

One of the main things that can put homeowners off is the cost associated with extending. Read on to learn some top tips for keeping your extension effective and affordable. 

  1. Don’t go overboard! Can you really afford those floor to ceiling windows? Try to establish a plan that covers your needs but doesn’t splash out unnecessarily. Reclaimed is the way to go. 
  2. Not everything has to be bought brand new. Try to source as many materials as possible that are reclaimed or repurposed. 
  3. Find the perfect size. Think closely about how much space you really need. If you don’t need that extra 3ft, scrap it!  

These tips will go a long way to save you money when extending your home.



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What Athtech Designs can offer you!!!

Athtech Designs can provide you with the following things that you will need for your extension design: 

►Best advice/examples for possible schemes and design layouts to suit your building needs 

►A set of detailed building regulations drawings to submit to your local authority to gain planning and building regulations approval 

 ►Steel, masonry and foundation calculations, if required for building control approval 

 ►Continued communication and support throughout the design, planning and building process in order to gain the best possible outcome for your build 

The drawings and designs that I produce for you can be given to builders and contractors so that they can offer you firm quotes and also be used on-site during the build. 

With Covid-19 in mind, and to save you the expense, we would be happy to give you costing information and drawings using photos and measurements taken by yourselves and sent to me via e-mail. This would save you the cost of the site visit fee and increase safety. Inclusive of all services detailed above for us to complete the building regulation drawings and submit them to your local authority on your behalf. 

Please take a look at some of our recent projects. 

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Athtech Designs - Extension Plan Services

It’s such an exciting time when you start thinking about your new extension. You’re probably picking out colours, imagining where the furniture will go, and planning your housewarming as we speak. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of boring and/or frustrating stuff that goes into that dream home. With fifteen years’ experience in building control prior to forming Athtech Designs, we are one of the best at getting projects to fly through permissions and we handle the whole process for you.


The North West is a fabulous place to build; from the Victorian Terraces to the more modern semis, there are all kinds of opportunities to do something truly special. With older properties, the main thing that planning departments will look at is how the extension will fit in with its environment. We know how to work with the style of your area whilst incorporating your personal taste and vision. 


The bottom line is, with us, you won’t have to worry about the permissions side of your build. Athtech Designs has excellent relationships with councils across Wigan and the North West and will ensure achieving the relevant permission is stress and hassle free! 



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PLANNING SUBMITTED – HIGHFIELD, WIGAN

Athtech Designs have recently submitted a planning proposal for our client’s ground floor rear extension on their property in Highfield, Wigan. 

The ground floor layout was a standard semi-detached with a kitchen extension to the side as well as an adjoined garage. Our client’s instruction was to double the size of their existing kitchen extension by extending the width creating a more stylish open plan kitchen with beautiful bi-folding doors that lead out to their back garden. 

Planning has been now been submitted to Wigan Council and we look forward to progressing onto producing building regulations drawings for our client.

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PLANNING APPROVED – WINSTANLEY, WIGAN

PLANNING APPROVED – WINSTANLEY, WIGAN 

Planning granted for their semi-detached property on Winstanley, Wigan.!!! 

This is great news for our client, as we’ve recently received planning approval from Wigan Council for their two-story side extension which will be built to assist with their son's disability. The new extension will include a specialist therapy space with sensory requirements which will help reduce anxiety and help him to have a calmer life. 

This was a long and hard-fought case that normally would have been rejected by Wigan council has it falls outside of their planning guidelines however, we stuck to the task and gathered the necessary evidence required to get this application over the line. 

This project consisted of renovating and extending a semi-detached property to allow more space for all the family to enjoy as well as their son. Downstairs was designed to have a large living room/therapy room, which would house a lightroom sensory area, a therapy swing to stimulate his vestibular system, a kitchen/bathroom where learn independent living skills can be introduced and a craft area for his enjoyment and doors out to our garden. 

We worked closely with the owners throughout, getting to know their son's likes and dislikes, to feed into the design. Athtech Designs advised every step of the process, including guidance to gain permissions and dealing with planning submissions. Now that planning has been approved, we have been appointed to produce full building regulations and tender drawings and help our client with the tender process to a select group of local builders.

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Why move when you can extend?

Avoid the stress and cost of moving 

These days, moving house is becoming increasingly stressful, as more and more people compete for the same houses. With mounting costs for solicitors, estate agents and stamp duty, compounded with the months of worrying about whether you will actually make it to your completion date without getting gazumped part way through the process- it’s no wonder people are starting to question whether it’s all worth it. So why move at all? Why not extend your current home instead? Avoid all the hassle of moving and turn your current property into your dream forever home. Don’t move, just improve! 

Add value to your property 

One of the main reasons for extending your home is that it increases the value of your property. Athtech Designs can provide you with innovative and creative design solutions that are functional, appealing and compliment the style of your existing house. 

Utilise your existing space 

Maximise the potential of your property by using the space you already have, such as the garage or loft. Deciding on these types on conversions means that you could gain an extra bedroom for your home, further adding value to your property. Enhancing the existing space is a brilliant and cost-effective way to improve your home. 

Bespoke design for you 

Are you tired of living in the same house with an outdated floor plan? Have you been dreaming about having that open-plan kitchen/extra bedroom/en-suite/walk-in-wardrobe? Athtech Designs can facilitate your design solutions by giving you the extra space you desire and make that dream become a reality. 

Typical Extension Build Cost 

One of the most common questions we get asked from customers is, “How much do you think my extension will cost?” The best way to get an accurate cost for your house extension is to get a qualified builder to review your property. The prices below are a rough guide and will be for building work only! 

Price Per Square Foot 

Anywhere between £1,200 - £1,900 per square metre. Let’s say your extension costs £1,200m² and the size of your proposed floor area is 20m² then the cost of your extension would be approximately (1.2x20) = £24k 

What Your Budget Can Get You For £20,000 - £30,000: There are a lot of variables associated with building costs, i.e. the type of kitchen you want, bi-fold doors, windows etc. The cost of an extension will vary, so your design will need to suit your budget and your requirements. Below are the typical extension types that fall within the £20,000 - £30,000 cost range: 

Loft Conversions 

One of the most economically effective ways to add additional space, with minimal disruption to your household, is to convert the loft space. You can add a great deal of value without the need to excavate. Costs to construct a loft conversion in a typical three-bedroom terraced house would range from approximately £1,000 - £1500 per m², depending on your requirements. This generally includes enough space for a sizeable bedroom and possibly a small en-suite. 

Above-Garage ExtensionsExtending over a garage is more cost-effective than building a ground-floor extension, presuming the existing foundations can take the additional load (our engineers will advise). This is an excellent choice as your existing garden area would not be compromised when adding the extra space. 

What Can Your Budget Get You For £30,000 - £50,000?If you have the extra funds to put towards your house extension, this will easily allow you to create an extension of considerable size which includes; loft conversions, garage conversions, large single-storey extensions and potentially a two-storey extension. 

Add An Orangery-Style House Extension 

An orangery would cost approximately £1,000 - £1,500 per m² depending on materials etc. In many instances, Orangeries/conservatories fall within permitted development rights and may not require planning permission.Orangeries Permitted Development Rules 

What Can Your Budget Get You For £50,000 - £90,000?With an extension budget of between £50,000 - £90,000, you could achieve larger scale extensions such as double storey additions. Or you could even fully redesign your home layout to achieve the house you’ve always dreamed of. Below are two examples of what you could build with a budget of £50,000 - £90,000: 

  • A Kitchen Extension With Space for Lounging Too Building an open-plan kitchen extension is the perfect way to make your living arrangements more spacious and add considerable value to your home, with a simple change of layout. You can completely transform your space with the addition of bi-fold doors and/or Velux roof lights to give you plenty of natural light. Add in pristine new kitchen units and appliances and voila- you have completely updated your ground floor and given it the wow-factor you’ve been looking for. Prices will vary depending on build costs, however as a rough guide anywhere between £1,200 - £3,000 per m² and upwards depending on the type of kitchen you pick and the standard of finishes you choose. 
  • A Double Storey Side Or Rear Extension By adding a two-storey side or rear extension, you will add a considerable amount of value to your property than with a simple single-storey extension. This type of extension will generally cost around £1,500 - £2000 per m² for a traditional build. 
Athtech Designs Can HelpOur service includes a consultation and for an extremely competitive fixed price, we’ll not only advise you on the best solution for your dream home, we’ll create detailed plans and even submit them for Building Control and Planning approval, removing any of the stress and hassle for yourselves.


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Loft Conversion in Liverpool


Earlier this year, we provided detailed loft conversion plans for a project in Liverpool. 

Before we started work on the drawings, we needed to discuss the client's use of the new attic space, as well as confirming the minimum requirements for the following: head-room height, pitch of the existing roof, location of water tanks and chimneys. 

For the most part, lofts can often be converted without the need for a planning application, although loft conversions do require you to abide by building and fire regulations. 

If you feel we could be of service in helping you get started on your building project, please get in touch. 


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Planning Permission Granted for New Extension in Winstanley Wigan

Planning Permission & Building Regs passed for new rear single storey extension in Winstanley, Wigan. 

You’ve come to the right place if you require drafting service as we offer a range of plans for Planning and Building Regs approval, from house extensions to garage conversions

We have over 15 years’ experience in planning permission and Building regulation extension plan designs, loft & garage conversions. 

Based in Wigan, not only do we provide a top-rated service to our local residents but our service enables us to supply throughout the Northwest. 

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