So a disclaimer here right off the bat, we’re a London centric practice, so as followers of the blog may have noticed, I frequently cover issues that relate to residential design specific to the London context. Of course this is probably no surprise as London is where we’re based. And being a small practice, a lot of our projects involve alterations and extensions to properties that are often within close proximity to other neighbouring buildings. So we’re adept at designing around issues that this brings up such as overlooking. So if you’re planning to build along a shared boundary for your single storey or double storey extension, here are the key things to bear in mind for your project.
A previous client messaged me about a housing project that he had come across on the internet called the Ordos 100. A project with ambitious aims that had failed to get built – and no one seemed to know what had become of it. Not knowing anything about the project, I set about finding out what happened to Ordos 100 – albeit from behind my desk.
What are the rules on extensions to houses and are there limits to how far you can extend your home? Yes, there certainly are, but it really depends on the application that your proposal is submitted under. So I thought I would briefly explain the limits under each application relevant to existing homes and the value in having a clear planning strategy that is right for your project.
We recently received planning permission for a side return extension and a loft conversion in Greenwich. Nothing really extraordinary about this as we regularly gain planning permission for this type of project across London.
What was different however, was our planning strategy. Read more
Building one’s own home is a dream that most of us have. The ability to have our home designed and built from the ground up around our vision, needs and aspirations is alluring. However, living in a city like London where land values are high due to high demand, how do people find land to build on in London for their self-build homes? Read more
How long does it take to build a house extension is the question that every homeowner asks during my initial meeting with them. I can even predict at one point during the meeting that it will be asked. Although no two projects are alike, there are some key stages that can be closely estimated. So here is my breakdown of how long it takes to build a house extension from start to finish.