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How to design an extension that doesn't need planning (and get building sooner!)

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Time is always an important factor when you're looking to do any sort of building work, no matter how small it is. You've got your builder sorted and now you need plans that they can work off, but you can't afford to wait eight weeks for planning. What should you do?

As we've said in an earlier post, you don't have to go big to make a massive difference to the space you've already got. A small extension can make a huge difference to your kitchen, dining or living rooms and give you just the right amount of extra space.

The good news is, these smaller single storey extensions often don't need planning - so you can get started on your build as soon as you have your final plans from us. All you need to do is follow these steps:

Don't Go Big

No more than three metres out from the existing rear of the house or more than half the width of the house if you're coming off the side.

Like our customer at Chesterfield Road, you can create a large, open plan kitchen and dining area with just a three metre rear extension across the full width of the rear of your home and removing the internal walls separating them.

Match The Existing Property

To start your build without planning, you'll need to match what's already there. This means if your house is built from brick with a tile roof, your extension will need to look the same.

Usually if you're sticking to a smaller sized extension, the roof won't be a problem as the roof construction should be fairly straightforward to achieve the correct pitch. If you don't mind matching the materials of your existing home, the external walls won't be a problem either.

Don't Go Past The Front Elevation

Your extension can't go past the front (or principle) elevation of your home if you want to avoid submitting it to planning.

This means if you were building on the side, you can't bring your extension past the front of your home, or if your home was on a corner plot, it can't go past any elevation facing the highway.

Our customer on Birklands Drive came to us to design a side extension that wouldn't need planning. They didn't want a rear extension as they didn't want to lose garden space, so we designed a small side extension that only spanned the depth of the kitchen.

Keep It Under Four Metres Tall

Finally, make sure that the maximum height of your single storey extension at its tallest point is under four metres.

Want more advice on how to make your ideas work within these guidelines? Book a free initial visit with us to make your ideas a reality.

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