Contemporary KitchenContemporary Kitchen, Oxfordshire
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Glass A very popular material for extensions, glass can look fabulous, but be careful not to create a space that will be overwhelmed in strong sunshine. It can also be difficult to meet Building Regulations standards on energy efficiency if you use a lot of glass, so it needs careful design.In this project, the materials tell the story about which parts of the building are original and what has been added, creating a visual contrast between the heavy brick and light glass, and between the old and new.
Listed buildings are a different beast altogetherListed buildings are classified into three Grades – I, II* and II, and there’s likely to be a description attached that states clearly which parts of your property are considered ‘listed’, meaning they are historically relevant. If you’d like to amend or remove any of these items (on the list), you will require a Listed Building Consent application. This is, by the way, the only application form that has no council fees!If you’re changing any listed, historical features inside, you just need Listed Building Consent. If you’re extending a listed property, an additional appropriate planning application is needed as well. I should stress that altering a listed property without consent is a criminal offence, so make sure you don’t skip this bit!
Mix old and newIt’s worth having a chat with your local planning authority before submitting details, but planners can sometimes be more sympathetic to glass-box extensions on period-style properties than they would be to a traditional brick extension. The large glazed panels used in this extension to a 17th century vicarage allow you to see the original building beyond.Tour another glass-box extension on an old property