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A Guide To Building A Side Double Storey Extension

From Planning To Designing To Building


When a rear extension is not an option due to lack of available space, but homeowners have unused space down the side of their property, a side extension is a perfect solution. This means that you maximise all your land, and your property will reach its full potential.


Planning

Depending on your plans, you may qualify for permitted development rights, so you will not need to apply for planning permission. However, the rules for permitted development are strict. If you must apply for planning permission, this can take longer and requires the council to approve your plans. A Designer can draw up planning drawings and a Design & Access statement to share with the planning officers. You should apply for Building Regulations Approval; the application should contain building regulations drawings, structural calculations, and specifications.


Design

You will need to find a skilled designer who will work with you and your vision to design your extension. The key is pinpointing what you feel is necessary to improve your family life. Is it an open plan living area, a kitchen diner, an office, or a utility room? Consider whether you would benefit from an additional bedroom with an en-suite, a family bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, or playroom. The possibilities are endless and unique to your specifications.


Building

The key to a smooth building process is securing a reliable and highly skilled contractor. The easiest way to find a trusted contractor is to get recommendations from friends, family, neighbours how have undergone extension work or your designer. Make sure you research their previous work and ask for photographs. Once you find someone you trust, ensure you both sign a contract to protect yourselves. Throughout the building process, make sure you keep the lines of communication open with them and build a positive relationship and deal with problems accordingly.




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