Extensions

Why have a home extension
If you are debating whether to have a home extension there are several good reasons for doing so:
a) Extending your property will give you more space to live in, especially appealing for growing families.
b) An extension will give you the opportunity to modernize your home. More space will allow you to change the layout and create better living areas.
c) An extension adds value to your property. If well- built it can dramatically increase your home’s value giving you peace of mind should you wish to sell in the future.
Get in touch with us now if you’re looking to extend your house. Our architect will put your dreams to paper then we’ll guide you through the process of planning and construction.

Brick built home Extensions.
As the name implies, brick-built home extensions are designed to match your existing brickwork, and built to fully integrate with the existing brick walls and completely blend as a solid and integral part of the original house.
Most home extensions are built to the side or rear of an existing home, and are primarily used to create a larger kitchen, dining room, family room or playroom. But other uses include bedrooms, bathrooms, wet rooms, storage and garages. The choice of use is entirely down to you. Whatever you need the space for; Harris Loft and Extensions Ltd will be pleased to build it for you.Extension Built over Attached Garage
Another popular way of adding space to your home is to build an extension upwards over an existing attached garage or single storey room. This is a great way to add extra upper floor space for a bedroom without using up valuable garden space, and is ideal if garden space to the side of the house is restricted.Planning & Regulations
An Extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following terms and conditions:
No more than half the area of land around the “original house” would be covered by additions or other buildings.
No Extension forward of the principle elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
No Extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
Single- storey rear Extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the “original house” by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house.
Maximum height of a single-storey rear Extension of four metres.
Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the “original house” by more than three metres.
Maximum eaves and height of an Extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
Maximum eaves and ridge height of Extension no higher than existing house.
· Side Extensions to be a single-storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
Two- storey Extensions no closer than seven metres to rear boundary.
Roof pitch of Extensions higher than one-storey to match existing house.
Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
Upper floor, side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
On designated land no permitted development for rear Extensions of more than one-storey.
On designated land no cladding of the exterior.
On designated land no side Extensions.

Building Regulations
A Building Regulations Application must be submitted before commencing most building work, including internal alterations, even where Planning Permission is not needed.

MORE HERE: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission