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Home extensions can provide a practical solution to meet your requirements without the inconvenience and costs of selling and purchasing a new property. You can obtain a bespoke solution for your home extension that not only adds value to your property but also helps to facilitate the changes in your family as it grows.
There are several types of home extensions available, however some of the most common types are:
Single Storey Rear Extension
The most common type of extension is a single storey extension to the rear of a property. This provides the simplest means of creating the additional floor space you require to meet your needs.
Providing that your property is not a listed building or within a conservation area, single storey extensions often do not require planning consent. However it is advised that a lawful development certificate is applied for in case you come to selling your property.
Side Return Extension
Side return extensions are commonly found on Victorian style terraced properties where there is a small open space at the side of the rear projection.
The existing side wall of the rear projection can be removed and new external walls can be built along the boundary line of the properties to create a kitchen / dining space which spans the whole width of the property.
Wrap Around Extension
Not dissimilar to a side return extension, a wrap-around extension combines that of a side return and a single storey rear extension, in effect creating an L-shaped extension in plan. Again, common with Victorian terraced properties, this type of house extension greatly increases the area to the rear of the property to create the additional space your family needs.
Before commencing with your home extension plans, here are some points worth considering before you start:
Most home extensions can be designed and built within permitted development rules.
However, some properties have their permitted development rights removed which would require a standard householder planning application.
As a rule of thumb, you are entitled to increase the volume of the roof by 40m³ if a terraced property or 50m³ is detached or semi-detached.
Building control is separate to planning in that planning focuses primarily on the aesthetics and impact upon the neighbour, where building controls primary function is to ensure the works comply to current regulations such as structure, fire, thermal insulation, services and others.
Building control is not so much of a black and white procedure like planning, however it is vital that the works comply with current standards to obtain the completion certificate from the building control department.
With respect to home extensions, the main issues to consider are: amount of available headroom into loft (minimum of 2m), fire escape, structure, thermal.