A guide to planning an extension project
Which extension is right for you?
When you need to extend the physical area or room capacity of your home, there are a number of ways this can be achieved. The simplest and most common way is to convert an existing loft space into an extra bedroom, office or playroom. Similarly, if you are fortunate enough to have a cellar beneath your home this too can also be converted into extra living space. But, depending on the existing size and structure of your property, there may also be the option of adding a cellar space where none already exists. Other options include extending a downstairs room; converting a garage into living accommodation; or by building a new single or double storey extension.
As Bromley & Gaines specialises in building home extensions and by converting existing rooms, we have the expertise to advise you on the best possible options available to increase the size, and overall value, of your home. There are, of course, implications to consider with any building work, not only in terms of cost, but also in terms of functionality. If you have mobility problems, for example, there are innovative ways of converting your home to improve access and your lifestyle choices. When your home overlooks pleasant countryside or has fine views, a loft conversion with a large window area can maximise your means of enjoying the scenery.
Things to consider in choosing an extension:
- The cost of the extension: A loft extension is fairly straightforward and can be very cost effective and add value to your house
- Functionality: The extension needs to be suitable for your particular lifestyle but should also reflect your future needs
- Disruption: Although we aim to minimise any inconvenience caused when building work is in progress, timing the work is important. It is inevitable that there will be some level of disruption, so it might be an idea to coincide having the work carried out while you take your holiday
Before any work can commence on building an extension, regardless of size, you will need to have planning permission. Bromley & Gaines can handle this and liaise with your local authority on your behalf to ensure the process is smooth and problem free. If your property is a listed building, you will also be required to obtain a special type of planning permission that is relevant to your property.
Things to know about planning permission:
- Without appropriate planning permission, the project cannot proceed. Bromley & Gaines is fully conversant with current requirement and is experienced in working with local authorities and can assist you throughout the application process
- Specific planning permission is required for any changes you wish to make to a listed building. Again, Bromley & Gaines has the experience to liaise with planning authorities on your behalf to ensure all alterations to your property are carried out in accordance with building regulations and the law
Working with architects
Bromley & Gaines works closely with a number of highly reputable architects that specialise in particular types of building projects. We will be glad to recommend an architect that we know can be relied upon to provide designs and drawings that meet your expectations. This is not only a vital part of the planning permission process, but is also important to ensure that your design conforms with the aesthetics of your home. For some properties, particularly listed buildings, the design options can be restrictive as it is necessary to plan extensions that will maintain the character of the existing property as well be in keeping with the surrounding area.
Bromley & Gaines relationship with architects:
- Bromley & Gaines has excellent working relationships with a number of different architects that specialise in designing interior and exterior conversions and extensions. When required, we will be happy to introduce you to the most suitable design architect to suit your project
- Team work is important, and you have our assurance that we will only ever recommend an architect that we know can translate your vision into a viable design that has been specifically tailored to your needs
Throughout the entire process of extending your property, you will be in the capable hands of a project manager who will oversee every stage of the work and keep you fully informed of the progress. A schedule will be prepared before undertaking any work. This will clearly outline the various stages of the project and the time scale for each stage. It is never possible to completely eradicate disruption, but our aim is to minimise this so that you and your family can enjoy your normal lifestyle without any undue stress.