How long can extensions be

How Long Can Extensions Be On Your House?

Many households in the UK are in need of more space, that’s why so many people choose to have extensions added to their properties in order to create more light, space, and connection to outdoor areas.

Planning an extension should be exciting, allowing you to dream about all the extra space you will have for your home.

Problems often get in the way, though, Planning permission is usually a big one.

We’ve put together everything you need to consider when planning an extension for your home.

What’s The Largest Size For Extensions Without Gaining Planning Permission?

The first point on our list is the focus of this guide, what size can extensions be without having planning permission?

It’s a big question on many people’s minds.

In general, a single-story extension can’t extend further than the back wall of what’s called the ‘original house’ by any more than four metres to a house that is detached.

Or if it is more than three metres for all other houses.

The phrase ‘original house’ means its original design e.g. when the house was built.

It can also mean as it appeared on July 1st 1948.

Is It Possible To Extend A House By Six Metres?

Luckily, the strictness of planning permission in England was relaxed in 2019, meaning that extensions for single storeys that are not on designated land or sites of specific interest will not need the planning permission.

You just need to make sure that glazed building extensions for houses that are attached do not exceed six metres, or eight metres for houses that are detached.

Do You Need To Consult Your Neighbours For The Planning Permission?

The short answer is yes.

The Neighbour Consultation Scheme (sometimes called prior notification) means that you have to provide your immediate neighbours with 21 days to decide whether they want to make an objection to your extension project or not.

However, they have to give valid reasoning for their opposition.

So don’t think it’s just your neighbours disliking you.

If your neighbours do give you permission, the local authorities also have 21 days after that to confirm the project.

Are There Regulations With A Single-Story Extension?

The slight differences between building and planning regulations are sometimes hard to understand if you’re not familiar with these processes.

The point of planning regulations is because we need to make sure that our cities, countryside, and towns develop in a way that lessens the impact on the natural and metropolitan environment.

On the other hand, building regulations are all about setting standards in regard to the construction and design of extensions,.

This ensures that they are safe and secure.

Building regulations could be needed if a glazed extension does not have a translucent roof of 70%.

The other features that may mean building regulations are required include:

  • 50% glass coverage on walls that are newly constructed, if the area of the internal floor exceeds 30 square metres
  • if the extension isn’t sited to ground level
  • If it has no barrier (doors) that is between the primary building or house.

Is Planning Permission Needed To Extend Upwards?

There is more and more demand for housing in the UK.

That’s why the government granted new powers in 2020 to allow English homeowners to extend upwards without needing planning permission in full.

These new powers allow up to two additional storeys.

  • With the exception of houses that were built between 2nd July 1948 and 29th October 2018
  • Houses that are detached with two storeys or more
  • Terraced or semi-detached houses, for which you can build three and a half metres higher than the houses that are attached

You must think about the impact on your neighbours and the overall appearance of your new extension.

It’s also required to give prior notification, and tradespeople will also need to follow regulations for the required building.

Planning Permission

Is Planning Permission Essential When Adding an Extension?

If you are settled in your home or want to avoid rising interest rates but need more room, then an extension may be an ideal solution. However, before you start building, take a moment to check out the following advice.

Finding Out if You Need Planning Permission

Before any extension can be built, it is essential that you understand the legal implications and know whether you need to obtain planning permission or not. The advice provided below relates directly to houses only, meaning that if you live in a flat or another type of building, then you will need to take further advice.

Is Your Extension a Permitted Development?

Firstly, a lot of homeowners find that their new extension comes under the umbrella of being a ‘permitted development’. In these cases, there is no need to get planning permission or apply for anything before you start work. However, for your extension to come under this permission, then you will need to stick to the limits and criteria as set out by the planning laws in your area.

Some of the most common rules for permitted developments include:

  • Ensuring that your extension uses no more than half the area of land around your house – including any previous extensions that have been added.
  • Ensuring that your extension will not be nearer a public highway at the front or side of the property than it currently is.
  • That it is not higher than the tallest part of your roof.
  • If you are installing a single-storey extension, then it cannot branch out further than 3m from the original house if it is semi-detached or four meters if it is a detached house.
  • A single-storey extension can be no taller than 4m high.
  • If you are installing a two-storey extension, then it cannot branch out further than 3m from the original house.
  • Your ridge height and eaves must not be higher than your current property’s.
  • If you are installing a two-storey extension, then it cannot be closer to the rear boundary than 7m.
  • Any materials you plan to use must be in line with the current property.

Remember that there will also be local requirements to adhere to, so make sure you engage with your local planning team to find out more.

Organising Planning Permission

If your plans fall out of the scope for permitted development, then you will need to apply for planning permission. Before you submit an application, it is wise to speak to your local planning team to get advice on your plans and to discuss if they need any modifications before being submitted. You can find the contact details of your local planning office by contacting your local authority.

Planning Permission Granted – Where Next?

Once your planning permission has been granted, you are sure to want to get started. However, you will need to check the title deeds of your property first to make sure that you do not need any further consents from the builder of the property or developer. Failure to do this could result in you being in breach of covenant and being ordered to take down the extension even if you have planning permission. You may also find that you do not need planning permission, but you do need building regulations in place before you can begin work.

Ultimately, ticking every box and checking thoroughly whether you need planning permission or any other consent before you start your project will mean that you can enjoy your extension without any unexpected and unpleasant surprises.

Adding extra living space to your home

How to add extra living space to your home during these challenging times

Over the past six months, many of us have found ourselves working from home, often with children or grandchildren at our feet. None of us expected to find ourselves in this situation, and we certainly didn’t expect to be spending quite so much time within our four walls. 

It’s hardly surprising then that an increasing number of people have reached out to us here at Sovereign Home Improvements to discuss how to add extra living space to their homes. Here are a few of our top recommendations for increasing your usable floor space on any budget.

3. Think outside the box.

The easiest and most affordable way to add extra space to your home is by looking for areas that can serve more than one purpose. Can an alcove shelf usually used for books double as your desk? Or perhaps a built-in wardrobe could provide you with a quiet nook instead? 

It certainly won’t be a long-term solution, but in a pinch, there are a surprising number of ways you can repurpose existing spaces in your home.

2. Convert your loft space. 

Have you found yourself wishing you had a dedicated office space within your home? You’re not alone. A popular long-term option is to convert your loft space into a usable room, either as a full renovation complete with stairwell or even as a shorter-term option, keeping the loft hatch in place. 

Planning permission usually won’t be required, but you will have to adhere to building regulations. While a loft conversion isn’t a quick process, it can offer much-needed living space and add value to your home, making it a great option if you’re willing to invest.

1. Utilise your conservatory.

Perhaps one of the best ways to add extra living space to your home is to improve upon what you already have. At this time of year, many conservatories are rendered useless, too cold to use comfortably. By replacing your thin polycarbonate or glass roof with an insulated Guardian Warm Roof, your conservatory can become a part of your ground floor living space. 

Turn it into a playroom for the kids, a quiet zone for study and work, or keep it all to yourself as an office-with-a-view. The choice is yours!

Improving your home isn’t just investing in a building, it’s an investment in your family’s comfort too. Speak to one of our team for an obligation-free quote today.

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Adding An Extension To The Home Rather Than Moving…

adding an extension to the home rather than moving, Soverisgn home improvements, Essex

Need more space around the house, many people today now look at adding an extension to the home rather than moving…

If you are considering any sort of extensions in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements is the obvious choice.

We can provide any type of extension that you wish.

Adding An Extension To The Home…

Many people these days choose to add a conservatory to their home, and it is most certainly a way to enjoy the great outdoors in all weathers and at any time of year.

With all that glass, you can sit and enjoy your garden come rain or shine.

Many of the older conservatories that were built in the 80’s and 90’s are too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

However, today we use reflective glass which will ensure that the conservatory doesn’t get too hot in summer, and of course, you can have it heated for the winter as you would any other room.

You might also choose to have the Guardian Warm Roof on your conservatory.

This is a solid roof, and at Sovereign Home Improvements we are now official installers in the county.

Orangeries in Essex are also gaining in popularity.

Many people don’t really understand the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.

Orangeries were so called because they were extensions that were added to the homes of wealthy landowners as far back as the 17th century when they wanted to grow oranges and other citrus fruits in the UK.

adding an extension to the home rather than moving, Soverisgn home improvements, Essex v2Obviously, they would need protection in the winter, and the orangery was the answer.

Today, most orangeries don’t have as much glass as conservatories which have glass wall to ceiling.

Orangeries tend to have about three feet of brickwork at the base, but they still incorporate a lot of glass.

Of course, there are other ways of adding an extension to the home, and one that has also gained popularity recently is the home office.

This is because, with the growth of the internet, many people can work from home instead of going into an office.

But, of course, you need peace and quiet and to get away from the kids: the home office is the perfect answer.

Other people need a home extension because of a growing family when the kids want their own bedrooms.

Adding an extension can be an awful lot cheaper than moving to a bigger home, and it means that you can stay in your local area among family and friends rather than moving away.

Of course, whatever sort of extension you add to your home it is going to add value, so if you do want to sell at some time in the future it is also an investment.

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uPVC Windows in 2019…

uPVC Windows & Doors, Orangeries, Roofs, Extentions, Sovereign Home, Essex (2474)If you are looking for either uPVC windows in Essex or uPVC doors then Sovereign Home Improvements is the company for you.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Considerations…

Installing double glazing is not “cheap” even though it is a great investment.

This is especially true if you have single glazed windows at the moment because you won’t believe the amount you can save on your heating bills.

Even if you have double glazing already, but it is over 20 years old, you will still save money because today’s double glazing is ultra-energy efficient.

And from that point of view beats older windows hands down. Our uPVC windows are all A+ energy rated.

However, it is not just the cost and energy saving aspects of uPVC windows and uPVC doors in Essex that makes them so attractive.

There is also the fact that our windows and doors are very long lasting, and they need virtually no maintenance.

They don’t need painting as wood-framed windows do, and if you decide to have tilt and turn windows you don’t even need a window cleaner!

They open inwards 90°, so you can clean the outside of the windows without going outside your home.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Cleaning…

Talking of window cleaning, there is another way of dealing with that chore, and that is by using self-cleaning glass.

Yes, despite the fact that it has been around for some while now, most people don’t know that you can have self-cleaning glass in your windows.

It has a special coating that breaks down dirt and then the rain simply washes it off.

Clever, huh? Of course, it costs more than standard glass, but just think what you’ll save by not having the window cleaner around every month.

It goes without saying, or it should do, that your Sovereign Home Improvements windows and doors can be crafted in any style you wish.

Without doubt, this is the most popular window style is the casement window which is hinged on one side and to open it you simply swing it out.

However, it can also be hinged at the top or the bottom of the frame if required.

There are many more styles of windows we can supply, one of those being sliding sash windows which don’t have hinges but slide up and down on rollers.

Some also have a tilting option to make for easier cleaning.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex and Sovereign Home Improvements…

Furthermore, Sovereign Home Improvements only ever uses top quality materials.

As with any type of product, there are always cut-price options, but the company believes that what a customer wants is the best, without any cutting of corners, so the best is what the customer gets.

Yes, there may be a slightly cheaper option, but when customers are making an investment of some thousands of pounds, they want something that is going to last, look outstanding, and have a guarantee that goes with it.

Whatever your needs for double glazing in Essex, just give us a call. We can do it all.