Many homeowners love the location of their homes but want extra space to ensure better quality of living. If that sounds like you, you need to apply for a house extension. Follow these tips for a successful house extension application:
Ask for Approval
Depending on the scope of the project, you will first need to apply for Planning Permission. Each local council is different and issues its own guidelines to ensure that your area is complemented by the extension, not destroyed.
In certain cases, you may not need a Planning Permission, but you will still need to obtain the Building Regulations Approval that requires residents and office owners across the UK to follow certain construction standards.
These regulations are designed to ensure that the construction process is executed correctly and involve regular inspections during the extension process to prevent unprofessional procurement.
Obtaining a Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval is not a straightforward task. You will need to hire an architectural designer who will not only help you develop a plan but also make sure that it gets approved.
Consider the Underlying Purpose of the Extension
Ask yourself what’s the purpose behind your planned house extension.
Do you want extra space in the living room to make it more accommodating for friends?
Do you want to add an additional guest room to list it on Airbnb or for your personal needs?
The answer will be different for each person or family and will determine the space requirements for the house extension. Knowing who will use the space and for what purpose can help you with the planning process and ensure that you get what you are looking for.
Discuss With Your Neighbors
Your neighbors may or may not be affected by your house extension. Objections from them can easily cause your application to be rejected.
Therefore, visit the neighbors you think might be impacted by the extension and let them know of your plan and why are you looking forward to it. Getting them on your side beforehand will reduce the risk on any objections.
Set a Budget
You don’t need to overspend to get your dream home. Always go in with a realistic budget for the project. Generally, a budget of £1,000 and £2,000 per square meter, with 10%-20% extra funds for emergencies, works.
Besides, you will also need to account for the fees that you will need to pay the consultant or architectural designer and local authorities for application, and the VAT.
Consider the Surroundings
Make sure that your architectural designer considers the surrounding areas when planning your proposal. As discussed, your application will also be judged upon how it impacts the external environment. Try to ensure that your house extension complements the surroundings rather than pose any harm to it.
An experienced architectural designer will not only help you with all of the steps explained above but also help your extension stand out.
To get started with your house extension plan, get in touch with Ana Sidorova Design today!