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5 Ways to Create More Space Without Moving

  We’ve all been there, the home you love is starting to feel a tad on the small side; perhaps your family has grown or maybe you would like to have the space to work from home? Whatever the reasons, you may start thinking the only option is to search for somewhere bigger. But finding a larger house and moving can be an incredibly stressful undertaking (not to mention expensive!) so, before you pay a visit to your local estate agent, why not take a look at our top 5 tips to create more space without all the stress o ...

Case Study: Single Storey Extension

What do you need to do to transform your home? Space is the key, and getting more of it will provide the means to make your home different. Plus, the overall cost, when compared to moving, is generally going to be cheaper, especially if you’re looking at increasing the size of your property.The single storey extension is an ideal way to extend your property: generally, the designing and planning are straightforward, and in terms of adding value to a property, increased living space tends to work more in your favour than, s ...

Double Storey Extension for Semi-Detached House

Double Storey Extension for a family house Extension Architecture were appointed to extend a client's family home in order to create more space and suit his busy family lifestyle. The property is a semi-detached house located in a residential area, the client wanted to create a large dining and kitchen area as well as improve the living space for his growing family. The proposed design idea was initially brought to us by the client due to a neighbour along the road extending their house by two storeys, which supported t ...

Side Extension & Loft Conversion

Property is a detached Victorian building located in an area with mixed residential and commercial developments. The first stage of the design was a feasibility study which explored the potential of the design and limitations imposed by planning policies introduced by the Borough Council. The research included analysis of precedents found in neighbourhood with a similar scope of work. The brief specified by the client included interior reconfiguration aimed to achieve modern special layout, an open space plan that accomm ...

Double Storey Rear Extension and Loft Conversion

Modern Redesigning of a Detached House The brief for the project included enlargement of a detached house. The project included a double storey rear extension, loft conversion, internal re-figuration and a porch. In order to comply with the Council’s planning regulations our contemporary intervention had to consider the sensitive approach to the existing fabric and form as well as the requirements of the client to preserve the appearance and the character of the residential architecture in the area. The planning ...

What does Brexit mean for home extensions in London?

home extensions in London

Could Brexit effects home extensions in London?

Economic uncertainty over the EU referendum decision reached in June last year hasn’t helped a host of pre-existing factors, like the sluggish rate of pay-rises in relation to inflation, that have slowed the predicted rate of increase in property value to the lowest level in four years (4.4% projected this year, to be exact, and 4.1% in 2018) according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank.

One specific issue that’s arisen has been the increase in stamp duty of at least 3% on additional residential properties above £40,000 (another contributing factor to the stalled rate) that’s making the decision to change properties, or acquire another, all the more difficult. But there are a lot of available solutions for adding both value and space to your existing property at the same time.

Extension Architecture

Adding an extension to your property can provide a solution to many problems that you may have thought that only buying a new property could remedy.

The current housing shortage, outlined in the government’s recent white paper on housing which states that 40% of planning authorities have no idea how they’ll meet local housing demands over the next decade, coupled with London’s remarkably low vacancy rate of 4% means that the rental market is going to remain strong no matter what. Instead of going through the trauma of dealing with the increases in stamp duty on second homes, that was introduced in April last year, adding extra living space to your current home can be an incredibly cost-effective way of making sure you’re getting the most out of your current property.

It’s not all good news though. A, potentially, weaker sterling may increase the prospect of foreign investment and commercial refurbishment but it also drives up the cost of UK construction as up to 60% of the raw material for the UK construction industry comes from Europe and the government’s headline-grabbing negotiating style (some people were recently convinced that the UK was going to war with Spain) could make the situation even worse. It’s vital, therefore, to make sure that you’re working with a planner who knows how to keep building costs in line.

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“Having a clear plan can not only put your mind at ease it can make the entire process run far more easily.”

Everybody wants the best deal but a lot of the so-called “cheap” conversion and extension architects will not be upfront with you about the full scope of costs, to put it bluntly. Having a clear plan can not only put your mind at ease it can make the entire process run far more easily. At Extension Architecture we specialise in planning that gets you precisely what you want in the smoothest way possible. Unlike a great many architects, who will focus almost entirely on the creative side and learn about the ever-changing world of planning permission rules at your expense, we handle 30 planning permission cases per month with a 95% success rate. We’ve built tremendous relationships with councils in London to best understand what they want out of an application before it’s filed, rather than learning what they will or won’t accept by trial and error.

So, at either rate, planning is still the most important stage in extending a property; for both householders and developers. Speaking to a planning expert like Extension Architecture can be far more beneficial than going straight through a residential architect; and this isn’t just in terms of gaining permissions from councils. Extension Architecture works with you through every stage, from planning applications and permitted development to topographical surveys and interior design, creating a tender for your building stage. This ensures that builders won’t be surprising you with hidden, or extra, costs inferred from mistakes or oversight. This specificity on valuations isn’t just important for peace of mind though, it can be essential to ensuring that your project is finished at all. It’s quite likely that Brexit will reduce the amount of jobs going to tender, therefore reducing available work for contractors and, ultimately, their level of liquidity. This will increase the risk of contractors going under so working with a company who know not just the ins and outs but the reliability of the people conducting your build is paramount.

Case Study Basement Extension in Islington

Case Study Basement Extension in Islington

For example, when restoring a vacant shop and converting it into a self-contained apartment in for a client in Islington, Extension Architecture was able to handle all of the client’s needs effectively from the Change of Use from a professional services to a residential flat. Swiftly moving through planning permission with Hackney Council, by understanding and respecting their wishes, to planning and implementing a single storey rear extension at a basement level and alterations to the front elevation; including every aspect that this entails, such as excavation and waterproofing, into the tender.

If you’re thinking about extending your home, our planning application services for a single storey extension start from £900, building regulation from £1100, and a full site measurement and photographic survey by one of our teams of experts can be carried out from as little as £350.

To request a free quote, submit your details on our simple online form here. Alternatively, give us a call on 0203 409 4215 to speak to someone in our offices and to find out exactly what we can do for you.

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Why is Permitted Development so good for developers?

Permitted Development

What is Permitted Development?

Well, in the simplest terms, it can save you both time and money when considering an extension to a residential property or even a conversion of a commercial premise into multiple living spaces.

Permitted Development rights allow for a number of changes to be made without a formal planning application, the permission being granted not by a local authority but by Parliament.

 

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