A house is a single-unit residential building, which may range in complexity from a rudimentary hut to a complex, structure of wood, masonry, concrete or other material, outfitted with plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Extending your home is a popular way to increase space and add value to your property. With the hassle and costs of moving house – from legal fees to stamp duty – the reasons to stay put and improve your existing home soon mount up. Whether you’re thinking of a garage extension, side extension, double or single storey rear extension, there is much to consider as you embark on an improvement project to expand your home. To help get you started, we take it from the top with pointers on planning rules, building regulations, through to handling the neighbours and finding a builder.
A loft or attic conversion is the process of transforming an empty loft space or loft into a functional room, typically used as a bedroom, office space, a gym, or storage space. A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, provided certain limits and conditions are met.
A basement conversion is the process of changing this space into an inhabitable room. There are varying degrees of basement conversion from a basic conversion to one that involves excavation and expansion in order to create sufficient height to be habitable. Planning permission may not be required in some instances, for example when extending an existing basement or cellar in a house that benefits from permitted development rights. In most other situations, however, you will need planning permission for a basement extension in London.
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