5 House Extension Ideas You Can Do Without Planning Permission

Are you a homeowner who has thought about extending your property in some way and increasing its value, as well as your living space? Maybe you have a bit of spare land you don’t know what to do with, or you have seen a new trend in home extensions that appeals to you. Often, our enthusiasm for a home extension doesn’t go beyond the dreaming stage, due mostly to the thought of planning permission.

It’s true that for some home extension ideas planning permission is required and hard to attain in some respects, but the laws are always changing, and you might be surprised to discover what is possible within specific developmental parameters. Everything from side-return extensions to loft conversions are all possible without requesting permission from anyone: so roll up your sleeves and prepare to get inspired.

Side-return Extension 

Maybe you’ve recently moved into a new home – perhaps a period house or you have a redundant strip of land at the side of your house that you’ve wondered what you could do with for years. You might even have abandoned the idea of transforming it because of planning permission. The perceived need for planning permission for some projects is often a deterring factor.

Luckily, you don’t require it for this particular development. You just need a budget and a sensible idea. These redundant stripes are common, particularly in period houses. They signal an excellent opportunity to extend a kitchen or living room, giving you more room inside and adding value to your home. The extension requires you to demolish the exterior wall and extend it to the edge of the spare strip of land.

Rear Extension 

It is commonly assumed that a planning permit is required to build an extension to your home at the rear. While it is needed in some cases, the reality is that very few rear extension ideas require a permit since the guidelines in England changed. It isn’t always possible to keep up with changing planning regulations, so the assumptions about extensions remain.

Suppose you want to extend the rear of your home with a lovely extra room that connects the house with the garden. In that case, it is possible to do without any planning permission as long as the add-on is single-story and extends less than eight meters from the rear wall of your detached house; there is no need to contact the council.

Double-height Addition 

If you don’t have space at the rear to extend your house outwards, then why not upwards? There is nothing to stop you from increasing your home’s height to increase the bathroom size or create an extra upstairs bedroom. This could be put to use as a guest room or home office.

Without planning permission from the council, you are allowed to build a two-story rear extension that should not exceed 3 meters in depth or be within 7 cm of the back boundary. This house extension idea is not commonly known about and can significantly increase your standard of living, as well as your home’s overall value.

Loft Conversion 

Due to certain design principles, many houses have underutilized loft areas. Perhaps they are used for storage, or simply left empty. However, that dead space could be used to improve your quality of life and add extra sell on value to your home. Some people put off converting their lofts due to the planning permissions idea, but if it is done right, you will not need to inform the council.

To qualify, your loft conversion must not exceed 40 cubic meters for terraced houses or 50 cubic meters for detached and semi-detached residences. Beyond this, some planning permission will be needed, but within these parameters, it’s possible to make an extra room in your home that is perfect for a home office or guest bedroom.

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Garden Rooms

Garden rooms are extra buildings in your garden that can be used as extensions or additional rooms for quiet reading, reflecting or outdoor gatherings. You may already have a garden room on your property in the form of a shed; not many people realize they have the opportunity to develop it into a more appealing and usable outdoor building.

A garden room can take many forms: an outdoor office, a home gym, a living room, a yoga space. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. To build one of these, your garden room cannot exceed 50% of the land surrounding your primary residence. Sheds and outhouses are included within this percentage so ensure you are well-prepared before you begin work on your new structure.

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