Adding an annexe or extension to your home is something that appeals to many people, for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps you need to extend your home to make room for your growing family, or need more space but don’t want to move house in order to achieve it, just two of the potential reasons.
Whilst undertaking a large-scale building project such as adding an extension to your property does of course involve a large investment of cash, adding an extension can improve the value of your home if you do decide to sell it in the future, and so in many ways can be seen as an investment in your home’s upkeep and value for the long term.
It can take quite a while to go from the initial stage of wanting to find out about the potential options for adding house extensions and actually sitting back to admire the finished result, but hiring a professional building or renovations firm to guide you through the process and take care of the building itself can help to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
In this article, we will look at some of the core considerations to bear in mind when planning house extensions in sheffiled, plus how to find the right person to do the job for you.
House extensions and planning permission in Sheffield
The first consideration when adding house extensions is the question of planning permission, and how this may affect or impact upon your plans.
It often comes as a surprise to homeowners to learn that not all types of house extensions require planning permission, and there are a significant number of things that you can do to improve your home without the need to go through the formal planning permission approval process.
It is obviously important to compare your plans to the full remit of the planning guidelines when considering whether or not you will need to apply for permission before beginning work, but as a brief outline, you are generally able to perform any of the following renovations without planning permission:
• Extending or adding buildings that are no higher than the height of your existing roof, and that cover less than half of the surrounding garden or land that you own.
• Adding an extension that does not protrude forwards of the front-facing or side elevation in relation to the road.
• Adding a rear extension that does not extend further than four metres (for detached houses) or three metres (for all other houses) past the rear wall of your main house.
• Adding a rear extension that is only one storey high.
• Adding a side extension that is only one storey high, and that has a width of no more than half the width of the main house.
• All extensions must be sympathetic and congruent with the appearance of the main house.
• Balconies, verandas and platforms may not be built without planning permission.
These are just a few of the caveats and guidelines for house extensions when it comes to the need (or otherwise) for planning permission, and it is of course important to seek professional advice when trying to ascertain whether or not you might need to make an application.
The full remit of the various types of house extensions that may be approved with the appropriate planning permission granted are of course much wider, and so should not be ruled out if your plans are ambitious!
Once you have developed a good understanding of the scope of what you want to achieve and how big you want your extension to be, you will have a much better idea, going forwards, about whether or not you will need to seek planning permission before starting work. The builder, architect or designer that you hire to take care of your extension should be able to advise you on both this and other considerations in more detail.
However, before you begin shopping around for a contractor to take on the project, you can save yourself some time and manage your expectations by making sure that you have a good basic understanding of some of the other things that you will need to think about before you start.
First of all, consider the impact that your building work and the finished result will have on your immediate neighbours, and assess how this can best be managed to the satisfaction of all parties.
Consider how your builders will be able to gain access to and from the land that they need to get to, and how tools, building materials and equipment can be delivered, moved and stored while the work is going on.
Assess the requirements of your extension when it comes to things like power supply, mains water and sewerage provision and heating, and how difficult or easy this may be to incorporate, taking into account the age and condition of your current household systems.
Finally, don’t be shy about shopping around and considering a range of options to garner a clearer picture of what you want to achieve before you begin soliciting quotes.
How a house extension is carried out
The 11 minutes 8 second video above shows how a house extension is done step by step which helps give you a better insight in to what is involved.
Who are the right people to perform house extensions?
Whether you simply want to add an additional room or annexe or embark on a much more ambitious project, it is important to hire a qualified and experienced expert who can turn your plans into reality, whilst remaining within your budget, ensuring that everything turns out in the way that you hope, and being vigilant about health, safety and the law.
Local building companies and contractors are generally willing to perform house extensions of all types, from the simple single-storey one room addition to large and ambitious projects that can significantly increase the size of your home.
It is important to get a variety of different quotes for the work from different contractors before picking the best candidate and agreeing to go ahead, and as part of making your decision, you should ask to see examples of their previous work of a similar type, and get some client testimonials.
It is also vital to ensure that the contracting company that you entrust with your house extension is qualified to perform the type of work that they will be carrying out and hold all of the relevant formal certifications and qualifications, which may include the need for Gas Safe Registered contractors for some projects, as well as an electrician and plumber as well as the actual builders.