Before you extend a property

June 15, 2020 2:01 pm


Before building an extension, it’s important to know a few things. In terms of designing the extension, you have several options. You could contact an architect, an architectural technician, an in-house design team attached to a local building contractor or specialist home designers. Perhaps you know someone who has similar work done and can approach them for recommendations. Spend some time online to find companies or individuals who have completed similar projects to what you’re seeking to have done.

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Most extensions can be built under permitted development, however, they still need to comply with building regulations. Building regulations are mandatory and include a minimum standard for things like fire safety, structural integrity, damp proofing, ventilation and energy efficiency. Find out more about House Extensions Birmingham at a site like IFurb, a leading provider of House Extensions Birmingham.

There are some exceptions, to new construction such as various outbuildings like sheds and new conservatories. However, the following will need to comply with building regulations:

  • Extensions
  • Removal of a load bearing wall
  • Conversion of a loft
  • New drainage for showers, toilets and baths
  • Installing new heating appliances
  • New chimney
  • Different opening mechanisms for new windows

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So, finding a great design and ensuring top quality workmanship that complies with regulations are the two key factors for house extension success.

There are many reasons for wanting an extension, as well as many benefits, not least adding value to your property. An extension is an investment that will increase the value, as well as the longevity of a property, ensuring it’s fit for the growing needs of the 21st century family.