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  • Commercial Projects
  • Planning Permission

Single Storey House Extension

This form of extension to the side or rear of the property is the most common form of house extension. The house extension can be used in a number of ways such as a summer room, breakfast kitchen, open plan luxury kitchen and dining room, additional bathroom, bedroom or a home office. The most popular use for a single storey rear extension is an open plan breakfast kitchen with dining room. Many families like to make the most of the garden view, particularly whilst entertaining the guests and why not.

Under Permitted Development Rights 2008, you may be able to extend your home without the need for planning permission. This will depend on a number of factors that Edward Jones Architecture Services will advise you on during a consultation. This will include issues such as height/width/volume of the extension, right to light issues, proximity to your boundary line and the amount of land covered with the addition of the new extension. Normally, it is acceptable to extend your home beyond the rear of your house up to no more than 3 metres if it is a terraced or semi-detached house or 4 metres if it is a detached house. We will be able to advise on all these issues and more to establish which permissions you would require to build your extension.

Double Storey House Extension

Another popular form of house extension is a Double storey extension to the side or rear of the property. The house extension can be used in a number of ways such as a summer room, breakfast kitchen, open plan luxury kitchen and dining room, additional bathroom, en-suite bedroom with dressing room, a home office or a games room for the children.

The most common use on the second-floor extension is the addition of an en-suite bedroom. This has proven to add real value to your home and would be recommended to all homeowners looking to extend your home.

To discuss your proposed extension in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Loft Conversion

Most new build houses are designed with at least one en-suite bedroom to attract potential buyers or investors. Again, majority of people would pay a premium for the added luxury of a private bathroom facility serving their potential bedroom. If space is limited within a bedroom where a full bathroom cannot be accommodated, a shower room / wet room can sometimes be incorporated which can be perceived as better use of space. Your loft can be converted as Permitted Development if:

The maximum volume added to your loft space does not exceed 50m2 for semi detached and detached properties, and 40m2 for terraced properties. No elements of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof. No extension beyond the plane of existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway. Side facing windows to be obscured glazing; any opening to be 1.7m above the finish floor level.

Under Building Regulations, if you are converting your loft on a second floor level (which is normally the case with most properties), you would be required to line the entire stair core from ground through to the second floor with 30 minutes fire rated construction. Also, you would be required to replace all standard doors and install fire doors with 30 minutes fire rating. These are only some of the items to think about when considering your loft conversion. Please note, these points do not apply if your conversion is into the loft space on first floor level only. You would not be required to follow these regulations for this particular scenario.

Please note: The above points do not apply to Listed Buildings or properties in Conservation areas. You would require the necessary consents for these types of properties where we can advise accordingly.

To discuss your Loft Conversion in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Garage Conversion

If your family needs more room, consider the benefits of converting the garage. Garage conversions are also more affordable than most other forms of home improvement and in many cases, can be converted under Permitted Development. This means you may not require planning permission for the garage conversion. A garage conversion can add up to 400 square feet of living space to your home. The conversion process is also faster, easier and less expensive because the building's main components already exist. Likewise, the wiring is often sufficient. A converted garage can blend in perfectly with the look of your home. Your biggest challenge will be deciding what to do with all that added space!

There are many uses for converted garages. Detached garages are often converted into studios, workshops, breakfast kitchens, guest homes or home offices. Or turn your attached garage into a family room, home theatre or games room for the children.

Plumbing will be your garage conversion's first necessity if you are planning to include a bathroom or kitchen. The type of Floor finish is another consideration to keep in mind. Roller shutter garage doors will also need to be replaced with a solid wall. Insulation, doorways, paint and design will also have to be dealt with in a timely manner. Edward Jones Architecture Services can manage the entire process for you including the appointment of a reputable builder who will complete all the works to the highest standard. We work regularly with local quality builders on each and every project offering a quality service to all of our clients.

One of the most important factors is that a converted garage should add real value to your home. However, you must consider the fact that you will be removing the luxury of a secure garage for your car. This may not be an issue if you have a reasonable drive to accommodate at least one family vehicle.

To discuss your Garage Conversion in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

House Alterations and Remodelling

There are a number of other considerations to be made by homeowners, landlords and investors when extending a house. These could include works such as removal of structural walls or re-arranging the internal layout of a property. In many cases, you would not require planning consent unless you are in a Conservation area or working on a Listed Building. However, you would require Building Regulations approval if you are considering structural alterations such as removing supporting walls or chimney stacks.

Also, replacement of external finishes such as rendering, timber cladding or plastering may not require planning consent, but you are likely to require Building Regulations approval. The regulations say if you were improving more than 25% of a main wall of your property, you would be required to upgrade the insulation of this entire wall thermally to current regulations.

Edward Jones Architecture Services offer a 3D visualisation service where this has proven to assist many clients with understanding the design of their house alterations and visualising the remodelling of the external fabric of the building. This service will make all the difference in ensuring you are making the correct decision before the main investment takes place. There is not easier form of representation than in three dimensions for you to understand the details of your house alterations and remodelling.

Please note: This does not apply to Listed Buildings or properties in a Conservation area. You would require the necessary consents from your local authority for such works.

Edward Jones Architecture Services would advise on these considerations and more during the client consultation at your property. We always aim to maximise the potential of your investment and we would advise in favour of our clients wherever possible. We would also be able to recommend builders that work closely with us on many home extensions and house remodelling projects.

To discuss your house alterations or remodelling project in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Commercial Projects

There are a number of other considerations to be made by homeowners, landlords and investors when extending a house. These could include works such as removal of structural walls or re-arranging the internal layout of a property. In many cases, you would not require planning consent unless you are in a Conservation area or working on a Listed Building. However, you would require Building Regulations approval if you are considering structural alterations such as removing supporting walls or chimney stacks.

These include Design and Change of to Use to cafes, restaurants and offices. Commercial Building Conversions I.e. Pub conversion to residential units. There are several factors to consider with Commercial Change of Use including, number of escape routes, occupancy levels and accessibility for disabled users. Depending on the use and function of the building, this normally requires the integration of a disabled ramp allowing level access into the building for wheelchair users, disabled WC facilities and multiple protected escape routes for the users of the building in case of fire. Basically, for commercial buildings which are to be used by the public, some of these items are mandatory. However, this does not necessarily mean these are expensive additions and normally can be integrated with minimal work.

Also, a common oversight made by new business start-ups, in particular, is the requirement for a signage application for their shop front. If you were replacing an existing sign with something very similar in nature, you would not require a signage application. For example, if you were replacing a basic sign with no illumination with an illuminated signage, this would require a Signage Application to be approved by the local authority.

These are only some of the issues that must be addressed. We can guide you through the process and ensure you have a smooth progression of your development in preparation for trading.

To discuss your Commercial project in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Planning Permission

There are a number of other considerations to be made by homeowners, landlords and investors when extending a house. These could include works such as removal of structural walls or re-arranging the internal layout of a property. IN many cases, you would not require planning consent unless you are in a Conservation area or working on a Listed Building. However, you would require Building Regulations approval if you are considering structural alterations such as removing supporting walls or chimney stacks.

Planning Permission is usually required if you intend to alter your home in any way such as an extension, loft conversion, changing the use of a building (from a house to a shop, for example) or dividing part of your house for use as a separate dwelling (two storey home into separate flats).

Planning Permission is also required in many other situations so it is well worth contacting Edward Jones Architecture Services to discuss your ideas and plans and for us to advise accordingly. Even a simple case of adding a driveway to your home may, in some cases, require planning permission.

Planning applications normally take up to a maximum of 8 weeks before the local authority provides a decision notice. However, this can take longer depending on the complexity of the project.

There are also other approvals that are required, the most common being for listed buildings, properties in conservation areas, sites with Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and Party Wall Agreements.

Not all projects require planning permission. If you have never had extensions on your property before, don't live in a listed building or in a conservation area and fitting other criteria you may qualify for a Lawful Development Certificate. There are many scenarios where you many not require planning permission.

Buildings in the UK of exceptional architectural interest are officially listed according to their status and importance. A large number of residential buildings are listed grade 1 or 2, which means that all alterations to the interior and exterior have to be approved by English Heritage or the Local Authorities Conservation Officer. Generally getting Listed Building consent is actually more cumbersome than getting planning consent but is not impossible.

To discuss your planning permissions in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Single Storey House Extension

This form of extension to the side or rear of the property is the most common form of house extension. The house extension can be used in a number of ways such as a summer room, breakfast kitchen, open plan luxury kitchen and dining room, additional bathroom, bedroom or a home office. The most popular use for a single storey rear extension is an open plan breakfast kitchen with dining room. Many families like to make the most of the garden view, particularly whilst entertaining the guests and why not.

Under Permitted Development Rights 2008, you may be able to extend your home without the need for planning permission. This will depend on a number of factors that Edward Jones Architecture Services will advise you on during a consultation. This will include issues such as height/width/volume of the extension, right to light issues, proximity to your boundary line and the amount of land covered with the addition of the new extension. Normally, it is acceptable to extend your home beyond the rear of your house up to no more than 3 metres if it is a terraced or semi-detached house or 4 metres if it is a detached house. We will be able to advise on all these issues and more to establish which permissions you would require to build your extension.

Double Storey House Extension

Another popular form of house extension is a Double storey extension to the side or rear of the property. The house extension can be used in a number of ways such as a summer room, breakfast kitchen, open plan luxury kitchen and dining room, additional bathroom, en-suite bedroom with dressing room, a home office or a games room for the children.

The most common use on the second-floor extension is the addition of an en-suite bedroom. This has proven to add real value to your home and would be recommended to all homeowners looking to extend your home.

To discuss your proposed extension in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Loft Conversion

Most new build houses are designed with at least one en-suite bedroom to attract potential buyers or investors. Again, majority of people would pay a premium for the added luxury of a private bathroom facility serving their potential bedroom. If space is limited within a bedroom where a full bathroom cannot be accommodated, a shower room / wet room can sometimes be incorporated which can be perceived as better use of space. Your loft can be converted as Permitted Development if:

The maximum volume added to your loft space does not exceed 50m2 for semi detached and detached properties, and 40m2 for terraced properties. No elements of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof. No extension beyond the plane of existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway. Side facing windows to be obscured glazing; any opening to be 1.7m above the finish floor level.

Under Building Regulations, if you are converting your loft on a second floor level (which is normally the case with most properties), you would be required to line the entire stair core from ground through to the second floor with 30 minutes fire rated construction. Also, you would be required to replace all standard doors and install fire doors with 30 minutes fire rating. These are only some of the items to think about when considering your loft conversion. Please note, these points do not apply if your conversion is into the loft space on first floor level only. You would not be required to follow these regulations for this particular scenario.

Please note: The above points do not apply to Listed Buildings or properties in Conservation areas. You would require the necessary consents for these types of properties where we can advise accordingly.

To discuss your Loft Conversion in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Garage Conversion

If your family needs more room, consider the benefits of converting the garage. Garage conversions are also more affordable than most other forms of home improvement and in many cases, can be converted under Permitted Development. This means you may not require planning permission for the garage conversion. A garage conversion can add up to 400 square feet of living space to your home. The conversion process is also faster, easier and less expensive because the building's main components already exist. Likewise, the wiring is often sufficient. A converted garage can blend in perfectly with the look of your home. Your biggest challenge will be deciding what to do with all that added space!

There are many uses for converted garages. Detached garages are often converted into studios, workshops, breakfast kitchens, guest homes or home offices. Or turn your attached garage into a family room, home theatre or games room for the children.

Plumbing will be your garage conversion's first necessity if you are planning to include a bathroom or kitchen. The type of Floor finish is another consideration to keep in mind. Roller shutter garage doors will also need to be replaced with a solid wall. Insulation, doorways, paint and design will also have to be dealt with in a timely manner. Edward Jones Architecture Services can manage the entire process for you including the appointment of a reputable builder who will complete all the works to the highest standard. We work regularly with local quality builders on each and every project offering a quality service to all of our clients.

One of the most important factors is that a converted garage should add real value to your home. However, you must consider the fact that you will be removing the luxury of a secure garage for your car. This may not be an issue if you have a reasonable drive to accommodate at least one family vehicle.

To discuss your Garage Conversion in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

House Alterations and Remodelling

There are a number of other considerations to be made by homeowners, landlords and investors when extending a house. These could include works such as removal of structural walls or re-arranging the internal layout of a property. In many cases, you would not require planning consent unless you are in a Conservation area or working on a Listed Building. However, you would require Building Regulations approval if you are considering structural alterations such as removing supporting walls or chimney stacks.

Also, replacement of external finishes such as rendering, timber cladding or plastering may not require planning consent, but you are likely to require Building Regulations approval. The regulations say if you were improving more than 25% of a main wall of your property, you would be required to upgrade the insulation of this entire wall thermally to current regulations.

Edward Jones Architecture Services offer a 3D visualisation service where this has proven to assist many clients with understanding the design of their house alterations and visualising the remodelling of the external fabric of the building. This service will make all the difference in ensuring you are making the correct decision before the main investment takes place. There is not easier form of representation than in three dimensions for you to understand the details of your house alterations and remodelling.

Please note: This does not apply to Listed Buildings or properties in a Conservation area. You would require the necessary consents from your local authority for such works.

Edward Jones Architecture Services would advise on these considerations and more during the client consultation at your property. We always aim to maximise the potential of your investment and we would advise in favour of our clients wherever possible. We would also be able to recommend builders that work closely with us on many home extensions and house remodelling projects.

To discuss your house alterations or remodelling project in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Commercial Projects

There are a number of other considerations to be made by homeowners, landlords and investors when extending a house. These could include works such as removal of structural walls or re-arranging the internal layout of a property. In many cases, you would not require planning consent unless you are in a Conservation area or working on a Listed Building. However, you would require Building Regulations approval if you are considering structural alterations such as removing supporting walls or chimney stacks.

These include Design and Change of to Use to cafes, restaurants and offices. Commercial Building Conversions I.e. Pub conversion to residential units. There are several factors to consider with Commercial Change of Use including, number of escape routes, occupancy levels and accessibility for disabled users. Depending on the use and function of the building, this normally requires the integration of a disabled ramp allowing level access into the building for wheelchair users, disabled WC facilities and multiple protected escape routes for the users of the building in case of fire. Basically, for commercial buildings which are to be used by the public, some of these items are mandatory. However, this does not necessarily mean these are expensive additions and normally can be integrated with minimal work.

Also, a common oversight made by new business start-ups, in particular, is the requirement for a signage application for their shop front. If you were replacing an existing sign with something very similar in nature, you would not require a signage application. For example, if you were replacing a basic sign with no illumination with an illuminated signage, this would require a Signage Application to be approved by the local authority.

These are only some of the issues that must be addressed. We can guide you through the process and ensure you have a smooth progression of your development in preparation for trading.

To discuss your Commercial project in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

Planning Permission

There are a number of other considerations to be made by homeowners, landlords and investors when extending a house. These could include works such as removal of structural walls or re-arranging the internal layout of a property. IN many cases, you would not require planning consent unless you are in a Conservation area or working on a Listed Building. However, you would require Building Regulations approval if you are considering structural alterations such as removing supporting walls or chimney stacks.

Planning Permission is usually required if you intend to alter your home in any way such as an extension, loft conversion, changing the use of a building (from a house to a shop, for example) or dividing part of your house for use as a separate dwelling (two storey home into separate flats).

Planning Permission is also required in many other situations so it is well worth contacting Edward Jones Architecture Services to discuss your ideas and plans and for us to advise accordingly. Even a simple case of adding a driveway to your home may, in some cases, require planning permission.

Planning applications normally take up to a maximum of 8 weeks before the local authority provides a decision notice. However, this can take longer depending on the complexity of the project.

There are also other approvals that are required, the most common being for listed buildings, properties in conservation areas, sites with Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and Party Wall Agreements.

Not all projects require planning permission. If you have never had extensions on your property before, don't live in a listed building or in a conservation area and fitting other criteria you may qualify for a Lawful Development Certificate. There are many scenarios where you many not require planning permission.

Buildings in the UK of exceptional architectural interest are officially listed according to their status and importance. A large number of residential buildings are listed grade 1 or 2, which means that all alterations to the interior and exterior have to be approved by English Heritage or the Local Authorities Conservation Officer. Generally getting Listed Building consent is actually more cumbersome than getting planning consent but is not impossible.

To discuss your planning permissions in more detail, please contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on 01283 529148.

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