One of the most confusing things for many people when they begin work on a home is planning permission. For some, going through the process of establishing out exactly how applying for permission is carried out, the aspects of building regulations work and all of the paperwork involved can be stressful. Of course, if you work with a company of expert builders in Exeter or your local area, they can guide you with planning permission and make it an easy process. However, there are in fact many jobs you can undergo without even having to apply for planning permission. Here are our top five…
Extending into attached buildings
One way of maximising the space you have within your home that may currently be going unused is by renovating an attached building. This could be a garage or an annexe that you are currently using for storage. Such areas are often not used to their full capacity – for example, how often do you actually park your car in the garage? Could you move those tools into a garden shed? Perhaps, instead, this large space could be transformed into an extra bedroom or stylish living space. Just imagine the garage door turned into a large window offering gorgeous views down your garden. Providing you are not increasing the overall footprint of your dwelling, this could be a reality without having to apply for planning permission.
This is a somewhat more complex procedure to navigate, but there are conditions under which the conversion of outbuildings is permitted. If you have a larger plot of land, there may well be opportunities to build multiple outbuildings, so long as the total area covered by such buildings doesn’t exceed half of the total area of the curtilage, taking into account any extensions, but not the area covered by the main house. However, there are further requirements. Outbuildings should not sit in front of the main building, and there are also height restrictions – they must only be one storey high. The buildings must also not be used for residential purposes. When you have bypassed these restrictions, there is a huge scope for very creative and interesting spaces. Perhaps a state-of-the-art gym, a study or an artist’s retreat from among your garden would provide the perfect calming atmosphere and escape.
A loft conversion is an absolutely great way to improve the look, feel and functionality of your home. Permitted Development will accept the creation of loft conversions that are made to feature dormer windows, adding extra head space, providing that they don’t reach to higher than the highest part of the existing roof, or extend beyond the forward roof plane on the main body of the house. If your imagined project fits within this framework, you could build whole new rooms in your loft conversion. Dormer bedrooms are a cosy and great way to add extra sleeping space for a new addition or simply as a spare room. Loft conversions also make brilliant bathrooms and study areas for those times when you need to have a bit of space.
Single storey extensions
A variety of single-storey are allowed to be built, including conservatories, without your having to apply for planning permission. There are, however, certain rules:
The extension must not sit forward of the main building.
The materials used to build the extension should be similar to those used in the main building.
Where it is within 2m of any boundary, the eaves cannot be higher than 3m, and no more than 4m in height regardless of placement.
Rear building extensions can be no more than 4m in depth in a detached house or 3m in depth in a semi-detached or terrace.
For side extensions, the width of the extension must not be larger than 50% of the width of the original building.
Extensions can serve a wide range of functions in your home. From spare bedrooms or extra living rooms to studies and sun-catching conservatories, an extension can serve almost any purpose, whilst expanding your home and proving incredibly appealing for future buyers.
Garden work: decking and swimming pools
If you want to add some life to your home without undergoing major work within the walls of the actual building, you could consider making improvements to your garden instead. Several major outdoor projects are permitted without planning permission that could transform your enjoyment of your garden all year round. For example, you could contact decking installers Exeter to build a deck below 300mm in height without permission, creating the perfect chic space to enjoy evening drinks or a weekend barbeque with friends. Swimming pools are also permitted, providing that their area doesn’t exceed 50% of the garden curtilage. Nothing is more enjoyable than taking a swim in your very own pool, and this development could create a great activity and health resource for your whole family.