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Not sticking to regulationsFor any new work, it’s important to establish whether or not you need Planning Permission and how Building Regulations will affect your project.It might be that you’re planning an extension, which will need to conform to certain size or height restrictions, or making electrical changes, which will need to meet Building Regulations. Before parting with cash for your new kitchen, speak to an expert, either your designer, your architect or someone at the local council, and consult the Government’s Planning Portal to find out what you need to know before investing too much in your new kitchen. Not doing so will mean you’ll run the risk of your project not meeting regulations and facing additional costs and upheaval for modifications later on. In the worst case scenario, you could even have to take it down entirely and lose all the work, time and money that was spent. Do you need Planning Permission for that? Work out what you can and can’t do
Don’t ask: How much did that project cost?When a friend shows you their newly decorated bedroom or fabulous new extension, it’s natural to want to know how much it cost, but it’s a bit indelicate to ask. It’s up there with asking someone what they earn and is therefore best avoided.Do ask: Something about the paint colours or construction. If you’re considering similar work yourself, ask if your friend would recommend the builder who did it. Zero in on the results, rather than the financial outlay.
Get familiar with the relevant Building RegulationsMany people understandably confuse Planning Permission with Building Regulations, but they are two entirely separate hurdles that need to be cleared. Where Planning Permission is all about how a building sits in its environment, how it looks and how it’s used, Building Regulations are to do with the safety and quality of the build. These regulations deal with everything from structure and fire escape to requirements for ventilation, drains and insulation. Traditionally, like Planning Permission, Building Regulations were administered by the local authority, but these days you have the option of using a private ‘approved inspector’ instead.Get insight into UK Building Regulations for open-plan designs
Multiple extensions mean multiple proposalsIt’s good to be aware that when you want to extend more than just one section of the ground floor, the whole proposal needs to be split into separate applications. For example, loft extensions or dormers are more likely to come under PD, whereas a larger rear extension will need to be submitted as a full planning application.Browse creative ways to use your side return extension
The grass in the compact garden is artificial. ‘I’d always been against it, but it’s getting so good and feels really nice and thick,’ says Reuben. ‘It’s worth paying a bit more.’ The fence is red western cedar and made by alternating two different width panels.