Top tips when extending an old building

Many houses in our area of Surrey date from the 19th Century and often much older, and while it’s very possible to build beautiful extensions and additions to older buildings, there are some key points you need to consider to get the best results… Structural safety Ensure the services of a structural engineer when doing anything remotely structural, from knocking down an internal wall to building a single storey kitchen extension. Planning:Always get professional planning advice. This is particularly important if you are in a conservation area or if your house is heritage listed or a listed building. These sorts of buildings carry additional constraints in terms of what you can and cannot d

Ten tips to make the most of your hallway

First impressions count and your entrance hall is your home’s first reception room for welcoming guests. All too often, however, entrance halls are barely given a moment’s thought in renovation plans. Here are my top tips to making the most of your hall to give the best first impression possible. Hallways can be dark depending on the natural light they might have, so bring in natural light by opening up stairways to allow for light to come down from upstairs windows. If you’re changing the front door - consider one that has a window or partial glazing and use mirrors to reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Keep paintwork light - nothing worse than a dark hallway. Use an acce

Great news if you’re planning a single storey extension!

Happily, albeit surprisingly, the previously temporary increase in size limits for single-storey rear extensions that fall within “permitted development” have actually now been made permanent! So what does this mean for you? Well it's excellent news if you’re thinking of a single story extension for something like a kitchen, utility, additional living space, such as a playroom. Prior notification is a process whereby you can build a single storey within certain size limits without planning permission, as long the neighbours have been consulted (neighbour consultation scheme) and do not have any objections the relevant Local Planning Authority is informed of the proposed work via a prior appr

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