Dove HouseContemporary Exterior, London
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Extend the cladding outThis dark extension makes a total visual contrast to the original, pale brick building behind, marking it out as a new and distinct space. However, a couple of design tricks ensure it still feels connected to the house and garden.Firstly, the window frames and the flooring directly outside the extension are white, which visually links them with the windows on the original building. Secondly, the black timber cladding of the extension has been extended out into the garden by way of a black boundary fence and raised decking. As such, the building feels anchored, both to the garden beyond and the original home behind.
Create a contrastRather than try to blend the extension in with the rest of the building, the architects at Gundry & Ducker have created something completely different. The black-clad space with an asymmetrical pitched roof looks striking at the back of the Victorian property.
Stain it blackLarch clads this rear extension, but this time it’s stained black, making the ribs strongly apparent, and the look is very textural. With polished concrete flooring producing high contrast, the black-and-white addition is definitely not shy and retiring. Even the garden fencing and decking have had a makeover in black larch to create consistency.10 reasons to covet concrete flooring
5. Avoid indecisionChanging your mind mid project, or simply not knowing what you want, will kill your schedule as surely as any other factor. Want to change the size of your windows? You’ll need to file an amendment to your Planning Permission. Even seemingly minor changes, such as changing the position of planned lighting or electrical points, will mean sub-contractors have to return to site. All these changes could have a knock-on effect for other trades, not to mention an increase in costs.
Apply for planning permissionIf the proposed work to your home requires planning permission, you will need to make an application to the relevant local planning authority (building regulations is a separate matter and is usually dealt with by your builder). The planning permission process can take three months in total. Usually after two months you will receive your decision from the planning authority, followed by the final grant one month later. The planners can extend this time scale by looking for additional information.
Don’t ask: What’s it worth now?This question often goes hand in hand with asking what you paid for a property, and can be just as awkward. If you really want to know, google local estate agents to find out, but don’t ask your host to name a figure.Do ask: Has your house gone up much since you bought it? Your friends may then reveal what it’s worth anyway, but you won’t be putting them on the spot in quite the same way.
Build with considerationMid-terraces, townhouses and apartments are often more restricted when it comes to obtaining planning permission for a building project, as any scheme must protect neighbouring properties and must not impinge on their light, visibility and general proportionality. First check what kind of permitted development is warranted for your property. Most homes will have a limit of, for example, 4m deep x 5m wide, as an allowed plan not requiring permission.Discover more about planning permission