A home extension can be a very beneficial investment. This is especially true for those who need more space but aren’t looking to move.
Creating additional living space will help you build your dream home. There is a lot of preparation that must be done before an extension can be constructed.
With extensive experience in planning and Plymouth, we look at how to get your extension plan approved as well as some tips and tricks on how to design and build an extension.
Check if you need planning permission
First, create and confirm a plan for the extension you want. After you have determined the type of extension that you need, you will need to consider whether you are allowed to build it.
Either you will need planning permission or your plan will be approved within the guidelines of permitted development rights.
Permitted Development Rights
Also known as PDR or Permitted Development Rights, permitted development rights to allow you to modify properties without needing to apply for planning permission. The rights are not granted by the local planning authorities.
Planning permission must be obtained if the extension is not within the categories as defined in the permitted development rights.
Planning permission is when the local authority accepts the construction plans for a building.
What You Need to Know About
Extensions, such as some loft conversions, have their own set of permitted development requirements. Additionally, balconies and terraces must be granted planning permission.
The following areas and buildings may also have more restricted permitted development rights. They may need additional expert guidance during the planning process:
* Buildings that are listed.
* Buildings in conservation areas or designated areas
Contact the Building Regulation Officers
After it has been confirmed that the proposed extension does not require planning permission or the plans have been approved by planning permission, the extension must be approved by the Building Regulation Officers.
Create a Party Wall Act
The Party Wall Act makes sure that the extension is within the boundaries of neighbors, protecting neighboring properties and setting out the Party Walls’ rights.
Your local council must be informed about extension plans, regardless of whether you have applied for planning permission or been accepted within permitted development rights.
Update your home insurance provider about the work that you intend to do.
Tips to Design and Build an Extension
Here are some tips to help you navigate the building of an extension once all necessary permits and building regulations have been approved.
Contact Professionals Early
It is better to get in touch sooner than later with experts. Get in touch with builders, contractors, and planners to get a good idea of the scope of your project.
Calculate a Budget
Determine a realistic brief that considers both the financial and construction costs.
The fees for architects and designers should be included in your budget. Although it may seem expensive to pay for these fees upfront, their experience and advice will save you time and money over the long term.
Create a Brief
It is important that you explain the purpose of the extension when discussing it with an architect Designers will benefit from more details about the reason for the extension.
It is important to choose the right extension builders. You might want to consider these things:
* Choose if you or someone else will manage the project.
* Research potential companies thoroughly.
* Ask your family and friends for reliable referrals.