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Architects Near Me in London & Surrey
In the past 11 years, Extension Architecture has completed over 1600 projects throughout London and the home counties, giving us the experience and knowledge to help you with your upcoming project. Whether you are situated in the heart of London or one of the many surrounding boroughs or counties, we are able to provide you with a high-quality, personal service to bring your ideas to life.
With our team of local, fully qualified architects, technologists, planning consultants, interior designers, and project managers, and with a director well experienced in both design and property development, Extension Architecture can help you get the most out of your property whether you are a developer looking for extra revenue via a flat conversion or a home-owner needing a full kitchen refurbishment. Having experienced firsthand all of the above in a wide range of areas with site-specific planning constraints, we can give you the very best chance of planning approval the first time around, from space-doubling double-storey extensions, loft conversions, flat conversions or a new build dwelling.
Extension Architecture are one of the leading architecture and planning consultant practices in London and surrounding areas, working with both residential and commercial property owners to create unimaginable results. With years of experience working with clients of all sizes, you can be sure that you are working with highly trained professionals who you can count on, making the process as smooth as possible.
Our group of designers and thinkers specialise in house extensions, planning applications, building regulation drawings and loft conversions London, working with you at every step of the way. By having in house project management procedures, our architects can take you all the way through creative direction from the ground up, meaning you don’t need to spend any longer searching for ‘architects near me’ to find the company you’ve been looking for.
If you would like to get in touch to meet the team and see what we can offer you, we are always here to help so do not hesitate to reach out.
“Did you know that Extension Architecture has had over 1600 approved projects to date all over London and the Home Counties?”
Why is choosing a local architect or planning consultant necessary?
Every area has an individual set of planning guidelines and constraints, including Local Planning Policy and special land designations, such as conservation areas, heritage assets, areas of archeological importance, and Flood Risk Zones. Such designations can make the process of obtaining planning permission tricky, therefore it is of huge importance to choose a local architect with experience in the area to ensure that you don’t run into problems when it matters most!
Whether you live in Central London, one of the surrounding boroughs, such as Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Croydon, Richmond Upon Thames or Wandsworth, or in the beautiful county of Surrey, in areas such as Epsom & Ewell, Elmbridge or Reigate & Banstead, Extension Architecture has the experience and local knowledge to help transform your ideas into a reality.
Here at Extension Architecture, our team of Local Architects, Technologists, Planning Consultants, Interior Designers & Project Managers specialise in providing a high quality, personal service, and with experience throughout London & the surrounding areas, we are well versed in all of the local policies that can make planning a tricky process!
How Can Extension Architecture Help Me?
If you are in the process of selecting your architect to assist you with your project, it can be daunting having quotations fly in with no real understanding of which practice to go with.
Our advice? Choose a local architect and planning consultant with prior experience working in your area to maximise your chances of planning success. Knowledge of local planning constraints and specific details is a key factor of the planning process, as anything unexpected could compromise your project.
When it comes to choosing which architect is right for you, it is important to first understand what you are looking for in your project. Whether you are more budget or design-oriented, exterior or interior focused, and even the style of design which you are looking for are key factors in making your decision. At Extension Architecture, we look to cater to all of your requirements as a client and can look to develop a personalised quote for you with your priorities in mind.
Once planning is granted, we have the people and experience to help you manage your project through to completion, with interior designers, landscape architects, and project managers on hand to transform the 2d drawings into the masterpiece it was originally intended to be.
Whilst a smaller practice may need to be a master of all trades, Extension Architecture is departmentalised to give you the very best advice from the initial concept and planning permissions all the way through to interior design and construction, playing to each of our staff’s strengths at every step.
In which Areas do Extension Architecture Specialise in?
Extension Architecture has local, qualified professionals on hand to guide you throughout all of the London Boroughs and home counties. With in-house planning consultants and strong relationships with planning departments to further aid the entire process, we are confident that our experience is unparalleled with other local architects.
With our local, fully-vetted contractors on hand, we are further able to provide you with competitive build quotes and work with you from the initial phone call all the way through to completion of your project.
Did you know that we are not only Architects, but also Local Planning Consultants who can help guide you through the planning process? We also have strong relationships with planning departments of 25+ local councils, allowing us to give you the best chance of planning approval first time!
Find Architects Near Me
Our handy central location means you can find local architects in your area with ease. Our head office is based in Battersea and our team are conveniently located in the surrounding areas, covering a wide space and travelling to nearby boroughs. As well as Central London and the surrounding area, we also cover the county of Surrey to meet high demand.
With London being home to so many unique properties, our work is always planned in line with the surroundings. By maintaining local aesthetics as well as meeting the desires of the property owner, the risk of issues occurring is minimised. Browse our ‘architects near me’ section below to see a selection of our most popular areas covered:
Hammersmith and Fulham
Epsom & Ewell
Reigate & Banstead
Take A Look Through Some of the Possibilities of Your Local Architects
The capabilities of our team are extensive, doing what we can to meet your personal requirements and make the best possible use of your space. We’ve pulled together a handful of our past projects, providing you with some inspiration for your own property and showcasing our high standard of work. Have a look at our service overview to familiarise yourself which of our services you may wish to discuss with local architects and if you are unsure, our friendly planning team are always more than happy to book in a free consultation with you.
Working with the Best Architects Near Me
Our local architects know the area and the rules of planning permission in your borough
We’ve had more than 1,600 successful planning applications approved since our local architects started to help clients turn their dream home projects into a reality. We’re very proud of our success rate and how we can cater to all your planning needs, working with local authorities to grant approval for your project. By having worked with various boroughs across the city on a regular basis, we know what is required and can help you submit a strong application, speeding up the entire process so we can get to work on delivering results.
We provide a comprehensive range of expert planning consultancy services
When you have looked through ‘architects near me’ and chosen us as your preferred company, we’ll get the ball rolling. Your personal planning consultant will visit your property, home or office at a time that suits you and discuss your project in further details. Later, the technician will come and complete a full site survey so we can gain a comprehensive understanding of the job at hand. At this stage, our teams are able to discuss the recommended approach and agree on the next steps that suits all parties.
Our local architects are based at the leading residential architecture studio in London
At Extension Architecture, our main goal is to find bespoke solutions that meet the needs of each and every client, going above and beyond to produce unique results that exceed expectations every time. By providing a wide range of project, development and management services, whether that be dealing with fast track refurbishment projects or large scale mixed use developments, we work closely with all partners from the outset to lay the required processes and structures in place for a timely delivery.
Questions about London residential architect
If you are looking to newly build,change the use of your land or building, or for a house extension this means you will need planning permission. A Planning Application includes details of your proposal which is then sent to the Local Planning Authority. LPAs will need to check you application and grant it so that you may start works. Quite simply, it is a way that your local council can check that the proposed development is designed with sensitivity to local guidelines and is suited to the relevant site, street, and area. If we did not have this system in place, we could find buildings that have no uniformity in their designs, form or function. This way, the United Kingdom which is rich in heritage can keep your home as part of it's identity whilst allowing you to make exciting and necessary changes.
Local Planning Authorities are generally the local council borough and these LPAs will have guidelines and links to explain what are within your rights to make changes to your property. They are usually receptive to pre-applications, but since three years ago, most of the London Boroughs have adopted a fee for their pre-application advise. A good thing to know, no matter if you are doing a small single storey rear extension, a loft converson or a large new build - most LPAs take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to make a decision on your project.
Single-Storey Rear Extensions: The good news is, if you live in a terrced or semi-detached house in 2020, Local Planning Authorities have relaxed the rules and allow for extensions to go to 6 meters . If you live in a detahced house, single storey rear extensions can be up to 8 meters in depth. Just be aware that if your property type is a flat, maisonette or in a conservation area, then you will need full planning permission.
Side Extensions: Side extensions fall under permitted developent if they do not extend more than half the width of the original house. You can extend a maximum of 3 meters as long as it is a single storey extension and does not extend pas the front elevation.
Double-Storey Extension: As of October 2019, new rules are being phased in which will allow homeowners to build extensions onto detached homes without requiring planning permission, under the usual rules of permitted development. This will make adding a two-storey extension to your home no more complicated than having a loft conversion. This doesn't mean that there is no paperwork involved in undertaking a two-storey extension, but it will make obtaining permission for the extension much simpler.
Loft Extensions: Roof extensions/should be set back, as far as reasonably feasible by at least 20cm from the eaves, unless it is a hip or gable roof (measure the 20cm along the plane of the roof). The roof extension should not hang over the wall of the house.To be a Permitted Development any additional roof space created must not exceed these volume allowances: 40m3 on terraced or emi-detached houses, 50m3 on detached houses
If you believe that your property falls under permitted development, the best way to ensure a positive result is to consult the advice of local Architects to ensure that your extension follows these rules which are applicable to all extensions:
- Materials should match the existing house
- No raised platforms, balconies, or terraces
- Single storey extensions should not be more than 3 meters high
- Must not be taller than the existing building
- The extension should not take more than 50% of garden space
Permitted Development Rights are a set of policies which allow homeowners greater freedom to add value to their home whether it's increasing your property price or simply to add floor space. By acting upon these rights you can extend your property to a certain degree, without the need for Full Planning Permission, which can be a more expensive and time-consuming process, as long as you comply with relevant rules.
This generally applies to the single-storey side or rear extensions, loft conversions, front porches, double storey extensions, outbuildings, solar panels, skylights of dormer windows and new windows or doors. However, even Permitted Development has its restrictions and does not cover double-storey extensions, larger loft conversions, flats or properties in conservation areas. Regardless, even if you meet all the requirements for Permitted Development, you will still need to submit your plans to council which they will need to check, and approve.
For a full planning application, you will need good knowledge of the local guidlines, an appropriate design and a full set of accurate architectural drawings. Many Architects will do drawings but not offer extensive planning advice and submit your application on your behalf. On the other hand, Planning Counsultants have expert knowledge of regulations and can therefore play a vital role in obtaining permission for projects with complex needs, but where do both options leave you after your application has been granted...or refused? At Extension Architecture we understand that planning and building involves a lot of head-scratching, that's why we guide you through the whole process, every step of the way. Extension Architecture specialises in design AND planning consulting and do not charge for submission and liaison with the council. We design, submit planning applications, building regulations with our in-house engineer, construct with trusted buiilders and offer creative interiors with our very own kitchen range. Why bother with the hassle if we can do it all for you?
Building Regulation drawings and control are very important because they insure the safety of people in buildings. Building approval means that your building complies with the national set of standards to protect people's health and safety in and around buildings. Some examples of what building regulations include are structural calculations, fire-safety, insulation, damp-proofing, foundations, heating, ventilation and accessibilty. Once you have received planning permission, building regulation drawings will have to then be submitted and approved before you can start construction. Just remember, cow-boy builders are always risky business and Local authorities have power under the Building Act 1984 to enforce non-compliant building work altered or removed.