The difference between ‘Planning Permission’ and ‘Building Regs’ drawings

There are two stages to architectural drawings for your extension to get approved: ‘Planning Permission’ and ‘Building Regs'. 

Planning Permission Drawings are the initial designs and outline brief for the build. These drawings are primarily used to present the proposal to the local Planning Authority to seek permission. Planning permission drawings are not as detailed as the subsequent Building Regs drawings, which come later, once you have acquired planning approval. 


On smaller projects, the construction may be simple and straightforward enough to not require Building Regs construction drawings. A proficient builder could work from Planning Permission Drawings, and get any questions they need answering on-site by the client. They will use their experience and knowledge to construct the building using the designs presented in the Planning Permission Drawings. This method is called a ‘Building Notice’; all the builder would require is to appoint a structural engineer if calculations were needed by Building Control for more complex design features.




If the building is more complex, then Building Regs construction drawings will be required. These will detail out how the building will be constructed. They will include information on material sizes such as; timber and steel; weather-proofing; insulation thickness; critical intersections etc. They take a considerable amount of time, knowledge and attention to produce.

A duty of care has to be taken to ensure that all work on-site is achievable, safe and to the right standard. A structural engineer will also need to provide calculations and sizes for any steel beams, timber, masonry piers, and foundations that need to be designed and included in the ‘Building Regulation’ information pack. These drawings can then be used to obtain accurate quotes from builders, and be used as a plan to construct the build.




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Building Regs Plans Approved - Wigan

Recently, we were assigned to design a new 3m extension for our client in Wigan. Joined with the existing footprint, this will provide them with a large open-plan area, giving them the extra living/entertaining space, they are looking for. 


As a priority, we were tasked to design a rear extension that becomes part of the outdoor space within the warmer summer months, thereby giving the client the indoor-outdoor living-style, they desired. To do this, we incorporated a sleek set of bi-folding doors that overlook the garden. 




We also included apex glazing above the bi-fold doors which runs to the underside of the vaulted roof. This feature provides some wow-factor within the open-plan space, as well as maximising natural daylight. The design of the complex apex steel frame acts to support the apex window above the bi-fold, whilst providing stability for the whole roof. sale. 


We issued detailed building regulation drawings to our client, within the allotted two-week period. This means they are now able to obtain precise quotes for the building works. We look forward to seeing the results of this exciting project!


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Why Do you Want to Extend?

Extending your house is one of the most practical ways to get the home you have always dreamed of. Whether you’re a growing family with a new arrival to make room for, or you are just looking for extra space for visiting guests, moving to a larger home can bring a huge boost to your quality of life. Read on for some more reasons why you might want to extend your home...

More space for the Family 

Needing more habitable space (i.e rooms or indeed living space) is continuously the prevalent reason when people are considering house expansion.

A growing family naturally needs more space, and whether you’re searching for a larger kitchen, require an en-suite, utility room, or indeed just a bigger bedroom, extending your home could be a sure-fire way to gain the additional space you desire, without the hassle of having to relocate. 



Extra space to Relax 

Relaxation for numerous individuals is something that isn’t fully considered when life gets increasingly chaotic as kids come along etc. House extensions can regularly be the cure for giving everyone in the house somewhere they can chill out, providing you get the design right. 

For some, a sunroom with an open-air feel is the ticket. For others, an outhouse at the end of the garden with office space or a cinema experience.... It’s all down to how you like to unwind- but having that additional space that’s designed totally around you might be the ideal thing you need to make your home the relaxing space you need when you get in from work.



Entertaining Space 

As well as unwinding, another extremely popular reason people consider house extensions is to create more space to do what they have a passion for. Perhaps you want more space to cook and spend time with the family? A media room? Someplace for the kids to play? You have the option to expand any of your current rooms, as well as creating totally new spaces- anything is possible. 


Added Value 

As well as improving the quality of their home life, many people consider extending their home in order to add value to their property and climb the property ladder.

By and large, redesigns -particularly extensions- have a tremendous effect on the value of your property. As house values persistently rise, the included value of an extension often will do as well, which may be a massive advantage for individuals attempting to increase their capital, both as trade choices and as homeowners. 

Practicality 

Generally, people often extend their homes for purely practical reasons. As you get older, or as your family circumstances change - often the practicalities of the house you live in need to change too. En-suites, utility rooms, family rooms, office spaces, and more kitchen space are just some of the ways you can increase the practicality of your home to better suit your needs. If you can design and alter your home to specifically meet your families' needs, it makes sense to extend rather than go through the lengthy, laborious and expensive process of moving.


Final Thoughts 

Ultimately, extending your house will, without a doubt, increase the value, suitability and practicality of your home, giving you a higher quality of family life. If you think you would like to extend your home but you’re not sure what you’d like to do with space yet, Athtech Designs can help you to discover and highlight what matters to you most. We take all of your requirements into consideration when creating your design, in order to make your dream space become a reality. Get in touch today to see how we can help.



WHY YOU NEED TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS

Architectural technical drawings help to make a detailed layout of any type of construction that is either added onto your home or even used to fabricate a totally new structure. They are an amazing means of getting ready for your new project to guarantee that everything runs easily and productively so the outcome looks precisely how you imagined it. These drawings can be utilized for the accompanying projects:

  • New Extensions 
  • New Builds 
  • Loft & Garage Conversions 
  • Outbuildings 

All You Need To Know 

 When planning your new project with Athtech Designs it is crucial to ensure that you have a detailed/technical drawing that gives you an understanding into what the eventual outcome will resemble and where you might need to make changes. By having a drawing, you are not obliged to work on your home, and it's a means to re-evaluate your alternatives if the drawing isn't exactly what you anticipated. There are likewise various advantages and reasons why you ought to have technical drawings produced and here are only a couple.  


Become more familiar with Architectural Drawings 

 In straightforward terms, a design drawing for home modifications or new builds is a depiction of what the eventual outcome will resemble just as giving information on the best way to accomplish it. Drawings will incorporate dimensional info and position of important features, for example, openings, windows, doors, generic kitchen layout, bathrooms, etc. 

Technical architectural drawings have changed into various kinds of arrangements to help give an idea where each component of the project is measured and detailed for both you and the builders. Regardless of whether you are needing more space in your home or wanting to change the inside or outside totally, you will require some type of structural drawing. 2D and 3D drawings are currently accessible to give a practical and visual portrayal of the eventual outcome.  


Styles of Drawings 

When beginning a new project, you will no doubt have some sort of architectural drawing to refer to that will with the planning and building process. Depending upon what kind of scheme you are building, you may require more than one type of technical/architectural drawing. For instance, on the off chance that you are building your own home, you will require a site, floor, sections and elevations. To help you find out about the various kinds of plans and what they are required for, here are the three most basic sorts of architectural designs for home extensions and new builds. 


 1. Floor Plans 

New extensions will change the layout, structure and look of your home. With layouts, you can get a feel of what your home will resemble and whether you might need to expand further or roll out more improvements. Floor plans are a vital part of interior design and are presumably the most well-known building drawing that you will have seen. 

There are likewise two distinct sorts of floor plans which can give you alternate opinions about your home. A 2D floor plan will incorporate considerations and measurements of the space alongside openings, doors and window areas. You will normally discover that 2D floor plans will be technical yet contain a huge amount of dimensional and spatial information. 

Nonetheless, as innovation has progressed, so has the manner by which floor arranging is organized and planned. 3D floor plans give you a more realistic perspective of your new building. This gives you a great appreciation of the size and how you will have the option to manage the room once the construction has been finished. A 3D floor plan might be ideal for those that wish to extend a room and might want to ensure that they are going to include the features and fixtures they require. If you have a project of your own that you have in mind, please feel free to get in touch and how we may help. 


2. Site Plans 

 Site plans are genuinely like floor plans as it gives a detailed drawing of how your extension or new build will look. Nonetheless, it offers a full look at each floor one next to the other, with the goal that you can get a precise feel of how your home will look once the project is finished. This type of architectural drawing is ideal for those that are extending more than one story of their home or planning another new build. 

Much like the floor plan, you can make both 2D and 3D designs to help give you a detailed view of how your home will look. The 2D arrangement will assist you with deciding the measurements and window and new opening positions, while the 3D layout offers a design with added features to give you a feel of how to plan your room whenever it has been finished. With a site plan, you can plan a room that suits your necessities and one that gives you a more practical living space. Planning Site Plan 


3. Elevation Views 

Elevation views are vital for most home redesigns when the presence of the home either outwardly or inside is being modified. Elevation views give you a sense of the room and feel of how your project will change your home. An outside elevation is ideal for those designing a new build, as it gives you an appreciation of what your home will resemble once finished from the outside. 3D views are also essential as they give you a detailed visual portrayal of your extension. In addition, they are useful for the client to rearrange important features and plan each area of their extension or new build. Furthermore, it is also important for the builders as it gives them a detailed plan to follow.  


Valued Drawings 

Having technical architectural and engineering drawings helps you envisage how your home will look like, however, it also has various advantages all through the planning and construction processes. Drawings improve your own understanding of the process by keeping everybody educated on your building proposal. Here are a couple of the advantages of having detailed specialised drawings for any home redesign project: 

Promotes communication – Communicate to your builders what your requirements and fundamentals are so they can change your home to suit you and your family. 

Improves quality – the more drawing plans that you have, the better the builder’s understanding of your project goals and aspirations. 

Solutions – Technical drawings will iron out all of the issues that require fixing and can assist with giving an answer for these snags before the development is started. 

Materials – Once you have your completed drawings, you can pick the correct materials for the work, being more conservative and giving the best quality to your home.  

Plan Your Dream Home 

Regardless of whether you are having an extension or a new build, it is essential to ensure that you have an expert architect that can assist you with creating the home you have always dreamed of. Our background in Structural/design Engineering allows us to provide expert advice on all aspects of construction, as well as providing technical drawings, giving you the most cost-effective solutions without compromising on quality or structural integrity. 

We collaborate with consultants who have prior experience working within local authorities and town planning departments, giving us the knowledge and expertise to get your project permissions passed in record time.Please get in touch to see how we can help! 

Planning Permission Approved in Highfield

Planning permission approved for our client’s ground floor rear extension on their property in Highfield, Wigan. 

Construction can now get under way for this new stylish kitchen extension with adjoining garage. Our clients brief was to maximise their existing extension by creating a more stylish open-plan kitchen accompanied by stunning bi-folding doors overlooking their back garden. 



The building regulations drawings have now been finalised ready for our client's new build. 

We offer a range of architectural plans for Planning and Building Regs approval, from house extensions to garage conversions. See the link below for the different types of services we offer: https://athtechdesigns.com/service


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Extension plans drawn Wigan

 At Athtech Designs we have over thirty 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. 

We use the latest 3D software. This significantly accelerates the design time and also gives our customers real-life visualisations so they can see the building before it is built and it also allows us to handle both large and small orders, with competitive rates and a fast turnaround. 

 With a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly team, we can advise you on the best way to expand your existing living space and with a cost-effective mindset, you are able to rest assured that your extension plans will be produced in good time in order to meet your deadline.


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A Review the part A opening width table “Value of Factor X”

 The table below can help you determine minimum pier and return widths to confirm the stability of masonry as a way of not requiring structural calculations.




The table can be used as a guarantee that has taken design loads and included a safety factor to ensure it’s stable in all situations. 

For instance, if a roof with a maximum 9m span bears onto the wall and the inner masonry leaf is at least 100mm thick and at least a 7.3N/mm² compressive strength, then the X factor is 6. Similarly, if the same structure has a first floor with a maximum 4.5m span onto it then the X factor would still be 6 or if the span is between 4.5m and 6m then the X factor would be 5 instead. 

Once you figure out how the X factor is calculated then you can use Diagram 14 to work out the masonry widths: 




Here are the simple rules found in Diagram 14 with the main one (point 1) being the opening sizes are limited to 2L/3. So, for instance, if the supporting wall is 6m long then the total of the openings can’t exceed 2x6.5/3 = 4.3m. 

The width of the piers can then be designed using the X factor in connection to the centreline of the return or buttressing walls and adjoining openings.If we use 6 as the X factor then we can estimate the pier sizes for a 6m long wall. 




The proposed openings work using the formula and X factor with 666mm remaining. Larger openings can still be built however, would require a structural engineer to assess the proposed construction to confirm whether or not additional support is needed by making the walls thicker or by adding wind posts to maintain stability. 

Please note, that return corner piers (note 7) still needed to be at least 665mm wide despite the formula offering 330mm for W4. Remember W4 will be built in the wall buttressing the loaded wall so the 665mm brickwork return provides this stability. 


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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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