Extensions and Adaptions
Adding living space is more popular than ever, but many people start their extension project without knowing enough about design, the law, construction and planning.
There are a few things to consider before getting the ball rolling so to speak.
The 'Right to light' law means that you must ensure that you do not block any light of the view of a neighbour from any of there windows.
You can now legally have WCs or shower rooms wherever you like, it is no longer a requirement to have a lobby between them and other rooms.
Although the legal minimum ceiling height has now been removed from the Building Regulations, there is still a practical minimum height and this is especially worth thinking about in attic and cellar conversions. All rooms should normally have a floor to ceiling height of at least 2.1m throughout (standard ceiling height is 2.4m). In rooms with sloping ceilings, at least 50% of the floor area should normally have a floor to ceiling height of at least 2.1m.
Avoid through roomsWorking out the most efficient and practical way to access an extension is often the greatest design challenge. Do not sacrifice more than you are gaining, for instance by slicing up a good sized bedroom in order to gain access to an extension that adds only one more bedroom of a similar size.
You will need planning permission unless your project is covered by your 'Permitted development' rights.
You will still need to meet all building regulations and will often need approval.
Typical Examples of Work Needing Approval:
Home extensions such as for a kitchen, bedroom, lounge, etc.
Loft conversions. Internal structural alterations, such as the removal of a load-bearing wall.
Installation of baths, showers, WCs which involve new drainage or waste plumbing.
Installation of new heating appliances.
New chimneys or flues.
Altered openings for new windows.