It’s not surprising that one of the most popular requests we receive is from clients wishing to extend their property. From heritage, Grade II Listed to contemporary homes, extending your property can effectively achieve a number of desired results. From increasing the floor plan of your home for additional bedrooms, creating open plan kitchen/living/dining spaces and sunrooms to flooding darker spaces with natural light and affording stunning views of the local countryside, many of our projects involve extending properties alongside extensive renovations.
One of the most popular trends we have seen in recent years is adding a contemporary twist through a combination of aluminium framed bi-fold doors and windows in anthracite grey with traditional design elements such as oak framework, timber cladding and Cotswold stonework.
When extending a property, you should always engage an architect to ensure that you obtain the correct planning permissions where required, especially so when designing for a heritage, Grade II Listed property or homes situated within a conservation area.
There are also other considerations that need to be factored in such as the location of existing drainage and whether the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be payable to your local authority. CIL is a locally set charge that local authorities in England can place on development, such as new homes, extensions and annexes, according to the gross internal floor area. If the property is your primary residence, you may be exempt from CIL but it will be payable on all second homes whether it be an extension, annexe or new build. We always recommend that you check on the local authority website where your property is located to find out more information regarding CIL and the charges which may apply.