Planning Permission and Building Control Approval
Both of these permissions are required before the work can commence, two storey extension plans have to deal with both of these and be suitable for a variety of other uses. The builder needs the plans to work out the cost and give a quote for the work, or a self-builder needs them to know how to build the extension. Included with the plans are a full specification of works, structural calculations, cross sections and various detail in the drawings to allow all this to happen.
Acting as planning agents, we apply for all the relevant permissions for you and keep you informed at every step of the way.
What will my house extension achieve?
Typically an extra bedroom, or bedrooms, are the main goal for a two storey extension, although this isn’t always the case. Sometimes making an existing bedroom, or bedrooms larger, is enough to make the plans viable. Side extensions gain extra bedrooms very easily, usually a master bedroom with an en-suite, or two bedrooms with a shower room. Rear and front extensions are difficult to gain extra bedrooms on, making existing bedrooms bigger is always achievable. The ground floor can have many uses, from extending the kitchen, always popular, to adding a WC, utility room and an extra reception room or study. These are all options which we are happy to discuss with you.
What style of house is suitable?
A favourite is a two storey side extension, sometimes referred to as an extension over the garage, because there is often a garage already on the side of the house. Slightly misleading as the garage may need to be demolished, to allow for new footings and ground floor walls to be built before adding the new storey. Another increasingly popular option is a two storey front extension, although this rarely allows for an extra bedroom, it does make an existing front box bedroom a lot larger. The front extension also allows for additional options on the ground floor, like a porch, WC and a coat cupboard. A slightly more difficult option is a two storey rear extension, gaining extra bedrooms here requires reconfiguring the upstairs space and is often not viable, although like a front extension, bigger bedrooms is always an option
“I would say your drawings were really good and what I liked is you listened to what we were asking for but had the patience and skill to understand what wouldn’t work from a planning perspective. You were friendly, courteous and efficient and kept us informed as to what happens which is really important.”
Alan & Joe Castle, Paddock Wood, Kent.
“I would highly recommend KCR Design as Keith was very friendly but professional from the start. The drawings he done we really good and made the best of the space in our house. We were over the moon with the outcome and love our new extension”
Sarah & Dominic Farrugia, Gravesend, Kent.
“I would not hesitate to recommend Keith Rogers from KCR Design. Keith is a talented architect who dealt with the whole process of drawing up plans for our ground floor extension expertly and without fuss. He also saw us through the various stages involved with gaining planning permission and even recommended a reliable local builder who finished the work to a high standard. I would not hesitate to use Keith again.”
Gill & Alan Greenwood, Borough Green, Kent.
“We choose KCR Design because we were impressed by their previous work. Initial plans were drawn up very quickly and we were led through the planning process, being given invaluable advice along the way. The same was true of the Building Regulations. Even when we wanted to change things on the drawings, nothing was too much trouble.”
David Johnston, Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent.
“We were very impressed with Keith’s straightforward honesty, right from the outset he always kept us informed. The extension we wanted was difficult because our house is built on a slope, but planning was taken care of and a specification passed building control. We found the whole process of getting planning permission to be painless and would not hesitate to recommend Keith’s services.”
Mr & Mrs Green, Meopham, Kent.
“We just wanted to say a big “thank-you” for the wonderful job you did on our first floor extension. We wouldn’t hesitate to use you again and recommend you to our friends.”
Jonathan and Debbie Hawkins, Erith, Kent.
“Just to let you know we have found a builder, I would like to thank you for all your assistance. Pop in for a coffee in 3 months’ time if your passing to see the end result.”
Kevin & Ruth Sturla, Gillingham, Kent.
“We would like to thank you for the wonderful services you provided for our new extension. We have no hesitation in recommending you.”
David and Jackie Ferguson, Gillingham, Kent.