There are many different ways you can get more space in your home and no matter the reason; conservatories are always high up on homeowner’s lists. Of course, people choose a conservatory for a multitude of reasons, be it for more space or even to impress potential buyers in the future.
A conservatory is perfect for the summer months and gives you an opportunity to enjoy your garden with a superb extension. In the winter you’ll also have an incredible area to relax and keep warm and cosy.
However, like any home improvements you may invest in, a conservatory can be a pretty daunting task for many. The moment planning permission and Building Regulations are mentioned you’re likely to see people coming down with anxious sweats.
You’re probably reading this expecting the worst. Perhaps you envisage months of problems as neighbours try to protest your extension and anticipate a wealth of cost for planning permission. But fortunately, this is rarely the case.
In fact, for many conservatories planning permission is simply not needed. This is because they’re regarded as permitted development.
To be honest, the only times there tend to be any problems is when the property is listed or you live in a Conversation Area. On these occasions you will need to get planning permission and often it’ll only be accepted if you adhere to certain aesthetic regulations.
If you are ever unsure on your rights or want to know a little more on planning permission to ensure you stay in the law, make sure to contact your local planning officer.
So we’ve explained that planning permission isn’t really a deal breaker, but how about Building Regs? What many homeowners get confused with is thinking planning permission and Building Regulations are one and the same. They’re not. You always need to adhere to Building Regulations.
Building Regulations cover things such as safety, fire escapes, ventilation and the electrics. Whist you need to comply, you won’t really need to worry about it, as the company you choose for the conservatory should know Building Regulations inside out.
The size of your conservatory
The overall size of your conservatory needs to be considered, not just because of planning departments, but also in relation to your own property. If you leave yourself with a tiny garden because of the extension you’ll have to think about whether it’s worth it.
Remember, your conservatory can suit any purpose you need. Whether it’s an extension to the kitchen/diner, or an extra living space for the evenings, you can enjoy the conservatory throughout the year.
Before you go ahead with any plans, mark out the area you wish to extend and look at whether this is going to leave your home with a small garden afterwards.