What is involved in a loft extension?

Depending on the roof structure and planning constraints, a loft conversion is one of the most straightforward ways of getting extra space. Almost all houses can benefit from this extension with a bit of basic planning.

You will need to get building regulations approval for your project. Even if you do not need planning permission you have to have building regulations and an inspector will come and review progress periodically. At the end of the project if the building regulations inspector is satisfied with the work he will issue you with a building regulations certificate. This is important to have if you decide to sell the property at a later date.

If you have attached neighbour properties, then it is advisable to let them know of your building proposals so that you get them onside from the outset. If you expect the work will affect any party walls then you definitely have to inform them before any work takes place.

A design service such as ours will look into all the aspects of the project for you. The site will be assessed to ensure that there are no structural impediments to the loft extension, we will check the height required is suitable and also advise on the best materials to use.

Once you have agreed the design and the assessment and building regulations have been applied for then the work can start so you can dream about the beautiful loft extension we can design for you!

Do I need planning permission for my project?

Some projects do not need planning permission but it is always best to check first. There are horror stories of people who have built extensions or even detached houses who didn’t apply for the relevant planning permission and then had to demolish the work. So as you can see this is a vital step in the process!

This information is from the planning portal so is as up to date as possible:

An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

• No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
• No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
• No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
• Single-storey rear extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house.
• In addition, outside Article 2(3) designated land* and Sites of Special Scientific Interest the limit is increased to 6m if an attached house and 8m if a detached house until 30 May 2019.
• These increased limits (between 3m and 6m and between 4m and 8m respectively) are subject to the prior notification of the proposal to the Local Planning Authority and the implementation of a neighbour consultation scheme. If objections are received, the proposal might not be allowed.
• Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
• Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres.
• Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
• Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
• Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
• Two-storey extensions no closer than seven metres to rear boundary.
• Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
• Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
• No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
• Upper-floor, side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
• On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey.
• On designated land no cladding of the exterior.
• On designated land no side extensions.

As you can see it is very complicated and rather than fall foul of the laws it is best to consult and architect or design service who will use their expertise in these matters for you.

Do you do designs for garage extensions?

Few people actually seem to keep their car in the garage, so planning a garage conversion and creating another habitable room can be a good way of gaining extra living space and enhancing the value of your home.
So the answer is yes – we do design a garage extension for you from start to finish.

You need to consider what you keep in the garage at the moment and either find an alternative storage area such as a shed or simply get rid of the accumulated items if you never use them.

Another factor to consider is cost. If you have a garage that is structurally unsound it is often cheaper to knock this down and build a new room rather than spend money stabilising the existing structure.

Why Use Design Work Studios For Your Residential Building?

I’m sure you already know that finding the right building service in the UK can be a Herculean task? If you want to be successful with your building project, then hiring the perfect professional company remains the key. This is where Design Work Studios comes into play.

We specialize in services such designs for garage conversions, loft conversions, house extensions, and planning drawings. We are also experts in conceptual design, space planning, design development, pitch & presentation, design project management, planning applications, planning drawings, building regulation drawings, construction drawings, interior design and, believe it or not… much more.

Our residential and commercial architectural design service is established to provide customers high-end solutions that last for a long time.
Your project will be ran by our co-founders Pete and Danny, who together will be with you from your first conversation to the last brick being laid – maybe even a celebratory drink afterwards.

Prior to providing any professional solutions, Pete & Danny will take the time to understand your wants and needs along with offering their own ideas based on their years of experience.
Since it’s inception, Design Work Studios has been able to acquire vast expertise and experience operating on a wide variety of projects throughout the Berkshire and Surrey. Including building projects for customers, designing projects and managing construction projects, we have trained for and accumulated vast knowledge in the field of operation.

Our diversified solution range has been continuously growing by listening to the client, improving the options we offer and following trends.