Can I Draw my own Plans for an Extension?
If you are looking to increase space in your home an extension can be a great way to increase space in your home. With an extension, you can extend your kitchen, create a playroom or an extra bedroom for an ever-growing family. By extending your home the possibilities are endless, many expansions don’t require planning permission if they fall under your ‘Permitted Development’ rights. However, in order to carry an extension out an architectural drawing will be needed for your new extensions.
Do I need architect drawings for an extension?
Whether you need an architect or not it is completely dependant on the type of project you are wanting to carry out and your own level of experience. However, you might be surprised at how useful hiring an architect might be.
Did you know that architects are experts in utilising space for your home? Our team can spot any hidden potential, with our expert knowledge we can guide you through the ins and outs of dealing with your local authority. If your project involves creating a new space that could affect the exterior of your property, if you are looking to create any of the following it’s best to get an architect on board:
● Rear extension
● Side extension
● Two-storey extension
● Loft conversion
● Garage conversion
● Basement conversion
● Annex/granny flat
Why Do I Need Plans?
Whether your changes fall into Permitted Development or they fall into the requirement for full householder planning permission, having detailed plans is an essential requirement. These plans form an integral part of your planning / permitted development application. Not only are they important for this part of the process, but plans also help to visualise the ideas that you have for your extension and what you want it to look like.
They are an awesome way of allowing others to see how you visualise your new home. They also allow you to show your builders exactly what it is that you hope to achieve with your build.
Will I Need Planning Permission?
Not all extensions need planning permission, you may find that you can build your extra space under permitted development which means you won’t have to go down the formal planning route. It’s important to know that if your house is in a Conservation Area or a National Park, the amount of work under Permitted Development is usually reduced.
- Should you wish to carry out any of the following on your property;
- A detached property by 8m to the rear
- A single storey 6m for a semi or terrace, 3m if it’s double
- A single storey can’t be higher than 4m
- Two-storey extensions must not be closer than 7m to the rear boundary
- Side extensions can only be single-storey with a maximum height of 4m and a width no more than half of the original building
- Any new extension must be built in the same or similar material to the existing dwelling
- Extensions must not go forward of the building line of the original dwelling
- In designated areas (such as areas of outstanding natural beauty, conservation areas, etc), side extensions require planning permission and all rear extensions must be single storey
- An extension must not result in more than half the garden being covered
Do I Need a Lawful Development Certificate to Extend?
Even if your extension project can be done under PD rights, it’s worth applying for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) from your local authority to confirm that the work was lawful and met PD requirements and didn’t need planning permission. This is well worth doing if you plan to move, too.
How much does it cost to draw up plans for an extension?
When it comes to our costing we are the most competitive for our planning costs. We know that drawings have to be a certain standard to be accepted by the council and building control officer, you can’t cheat the system, and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are by cutting corners.
Our service is streamlined to provide you with only that which is necessary, we will give you the finished price before you appoint our service and we only charge you for your drawings.
We are much cheaper than architects, as our process is more complex and not always necessary. Whereas architects charge for their time spent on each project, a lot of this time is spent on-site visits, drafting and meetings.
When you appoint us for your drawing plans, you provide us with the measurements, as we don’t have to charge for site visits and can start work on your plans immediately.
Need Drawing Plans? Contact Extension Plans UK
If you are in search of guidance on drawing plans for an extension yourself or looking for someone to draw your extension plans, there really is no need to look anywhere else, be sure to make Extension Plans UK your first and only port of call. We have a number of years in the planning industry and are on hand to provide professional advice and online drawing services to clients across the UK.
No matter how big or small your project is, you can rest assured that our dedicated team is on hand to assist and complete work to a high standard. So when you are in need of drawing plans for an extension be sure to call the experts.