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What are the Different Types of House Extensions?

April 15, 2017 11:49 am Published by

If you’d like to create more space in your home, a quality house extension is an excellent way of expanding without making significant changes to your interior. When you plan a house extension, it’s important to know what type you want to help you budget and brief your architectural designer. There are a number of different house extension types, typically focused on where they’re built on the house. These include: Rear house extensions – extensions built out into the back garden Side house extensions – extensions built to the side of the house Single-storey house extensions – extensions that only have a single level, such as standard kitchen extensions Multi-storey house extensions – extensions that add space to multiple levels...

Getting Planning Permission in the Green Belt

March 31, 2017 1:31 pm Published by

Great Britain is broken up into different types of land, including brown belt and green belt. The changes of being able to build – and restrictions placed if you managed to gain planning permission – differ based on the type of land you’re building on, the location, and of course the type of building you would like to create. Many house builders, particularly residential self-builders, like the idea of building a house out in the middle of the countryside but this is often unrealistic. While planning restrictions are one issue, there is also the issue of getting utilities out to the house – if there has never been a property on your land (and there are no properties nearby) you...

Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Treehouse?

February 20, 2017 1:29 pm Published by

Families up and down the country are both surprised and angry to find that their local planning office can ask them to take down their treehouse or even their child’s playhouse. A series of little-known changes to planning permission brought in almost 10 years ago made it easier to make some changes to homes, but made it more difficult to build structures that might have an impact on your neighbours’ privacy – this includes treehouses or structures above a certain height which might therefore overlook the garden or offer a line of sight into your neighbour’s property that wasn’t previously available. Treehouses and All Raised Platforms Need Planning Permission All treehouses now need full planning permission – including treehouses and...

How to Profit From Your Large Garden

January 30, 2017 1:41 pm Published by

Space is at a premium throughout the UK, and nowhere is that more true than in and around London, where land and house prices are significantly higher than in the UK. If you would like to make an additional income or would like to increase your earnings this year, you can profit by selling a large garden for development. We have helped clients sell of their gardens or even self build for either a family move or to rent/sell the new building. Selling Land in Your Garden Selling your garden rather than building in it yourself is typically less time consuming and requires less investment than building, however the returns are often lower as well. If you would like to...

Self Build Architecture: Designing Your Dream

October 25, 2016 2:14 pm Published by

Every year over 10,000 people build their own home in the UK. These pioneers often have a fixed idea of what they would like, but can’t find the perfect home on the market. Self building has a huge number of benefits – from saving money on your home, through to getting a bespoke living space where every socket and every window placement has been decided by you. However, these come at the cost of stress and hard work for self builders. We’re here to help. Pinnacle Architecture have worked on dozens of residential builds, both by professional developers and first-time self builders who need guidance to bring their vision to reality. Choosing an Architectural Designer for Your Self Build Choosing...

Planning a Loft Conversion in Time for Christmas

October 10, 2016 2:12 pm Published by

For most people, Christmas planning will not start for at least a few weeks – especially since we still haven’t had Halloween or Bonfire Night. However, if you would like to add more space to your home ready to host family and friends over the Christmas holidays, it’s important to start planning your conversion as soon as possible. The average loft conversion takes around 8-12 weeks, but this can be significantly more if you need to gain planning permission, especially if the application is denied and then appealed. We strongly recommend starting your loft conversion planning now if you would like an extra bedroom or two for Christmas. Planning Permission for Loft Conversions Pinnacle Architecture have extensive experience gaining planning...