Single Storey Extension Ideas
There are many uses for a single storey extension to your house, these can be: A kitchen extension, a study, a playroom, an extra bedroom or a utility room, to give just a few examples.
It can be located on the front of the house, this is often a front room or lounge extension. It can be a side extension, a popular choice for this is a study, a WC, a utility room and an extension of the kitchen. Rear extensions are nearly always for a new kitchen/diner overlooking the garden, this type of extension often incorporates converting the existing kitchen into a utility room and WC. These are just a few ideas of what can be done, there are many more.
Planning Permission or Permitted Development
There are two different ways of applying to the Local Planning Authority (LPA), for a house extension. One is to apply for planning permission, the other is to apply for a certificate of lawful use, under the properties permitted development rights. The first is something most people are familiar with, basically plans and associated documents are submitted to the LPA for determination. This is always required for two storey extensions and some types of single storey extension too. Permitted development involves submitting plans to the LPA, for them to confirm the work can go ahead and planning permission isn’t required. There are several very different types of permitted development, we would advise which one is applicable for you.
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Local Authority Building Control Approval (LABC)
The plans, specification and structural calculations need to be approved before work can commence. As Approved LABC Partners we make submission and deal with this for you and obtain permission. Once approved a Building Control Officer (BCO), is assigned to the case and a schedule of works is sent out, this explains what site inspections are required. The BCO then follows the house extension plans, inspecting the work at all the relevant stages, he ensures the work is carried out correctly and complies with the building regulations. Once the work is complete the extension and any associated work, is signed off as complying with the Building Regulations.
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