It goes without saying that having an extension or conversion to your property can be expensive, however, no matter what it is that you are looking to change or add, then chances are that you are going to see them as an investment for the future.
When the time comes to sell your property move on, having an extension or conversion added is going to add value, which will mean more money for you.
The thing to remember about converting or extending your home, is that there are some things that you need to pay out for and some things that you may wonder whether or not you actually need.
Planning permission is not something that you can choose whether or not to apply for. It is something that you need and is required by your local authority. That said, not every building project does in fact need planning permission – please be advised that in normally ALL cases a building project WILL need building regulations approval!
Depending on what changes you are making, the size of the things that you are amending or where you live and the nature of your property – You may be covered by what is known as Permitted Development.
The idea of Permitted Development is that you can make certain changes to your property without having to request full householder planning permission to make alterations.
It some instances Permitted Development rights are removed on properties under an Article 8 directive, this is especially the case with many newer housing estates built in the new millennium.
Even if your project appears at first glance to meet the criteria of permitted development, the only way to be absolutely certain is to apply for something called a lawful development certificate from your local authority planning department.
Whether your changes fall into Permitted Development or they fall into the requirement for full householder planning permission, having detailed plans is a validation requirement.
These plans form an integral part of your your planning / permitted development application.
Not only are they important for this part of the process, but plans also help to visualise the ideas that you have for your extension and what you want it to look like.
They are an awesome way of allowing others to see how you visualise your new home. They also allow you to show your builders exactly what it is that you hope to achieve with your build.
As a bare minimum a typical set of planning drawings for a domestic extension or alteration would need to include all of the following to get past planning validation checks and for the scheme to be considered by planning:
Existing Elevations @ 1:50 or 1:100 Scale
Existing Floor Plans @ 1:50 or 1:100 Scale
Existing Roof Plan @1:100 Scale
Existing Site Location Plan @ 1:1250 Scale
Proposed Elevations @ 1:50 Scale
Proposed Floor Plans @ 1:50 Scale
Proposed Roof Plans @ 1:50 Scale
Proposed Block Site Plan @ 1:50 Scale
Things often also requested but not always:
Off Street Parking Block Plan
Details of Vehicular Crossovers
Any rights of way over yours/adjoining owners land(s)
Floor Levels for Flood Assessment
Locations of Trees – especially any with TPOs
Neighbours Windows together with 60 degree horizontal sight lines
Neighbours Windows with 45 degree vertical sight lines
You may need plans as a part of the extension process, however, the question is, do you need someone else to do them for you? An architectural designer is a professional who can draw up your extension plans and make sure that your ideas come to life.
If you are trying to save as much money as you can whilst you have your extension built, then you may be tempted to try and draw them up yourself. There are some online guides which can help you to work out what to do and there is even CAD software online which you can use to put together your plans.
Of course, this will save you money at the start, but is it actually worth it?
We don’t think so. Having the plans drawn up by a professional is definitely worth the investment. It means that the plans are going to be complete and have everything that you need on them. They are also going to be accurate and drawn to scale, which is a key part of their creation.
Not only this, but by having an architectural designer draw up your plans, you are going to be able to hand over this part of the process to them to worry about. You don’t have to do it, so you get more time to think about the other aspects of planning your extension or your conversion.
You can also ask your architectural designer to give you some advice about the rest of the process. They can answer any questions that you have about your plans and make sure that you are going to be within any guidance and regulations that are set out in your area.
It might be an additional cost at the time, but when you have the perfectly designed extension or conversion, then you are going to be so glad that you did make that investment in the first place.
They can help you to see the bigger picture when it comes to your home and what you want. They will make the most of the space that you have and will think about all the finer details that need to be included within your plans and that could be placed within your extension when time comes to actually get to work and build it.
At Fixed Price Architecture we can help you to save money on your local Architect fees.
We offer a full drafting package whereby we can remotely draft your planning drawings from sketches and photographs taken by yourself.
The second service we can offer is a plan check service whereby we will check your plans against local and national validation requirements and advise whether they are acceptable or if additional information is required.
Our fees, details and turnaround times for each service is detailed below:
Fixed Price Architecture Limited
282 Leigh Road
Leigh on Sea
0800 464 7001