How Big Should I Build my House Extension?x
When building an extension its easy to get caught up in how much extra square footage you can gain. But keep in mind bigger doesn’t always equal better and using the existing space and building an extension that enhances that area is often a better solution. You can usually build an extension under Permitted development if it meets the following criteria:
- A single-storey extension can be built up to 8 metres if it’s at the rear of a detached property, this is reduced to 6 metres in the case of semi-detached properties and terraced house.
- A two-storey extension cannot be closer than 7 metres to the boundary.
- Side extensions can only be single-story and less or equal to half of the house size.
- Any extension cannot cover more than half of the garden space.
- There are many more regulations but these are just a handful of the most important ones!
When considering an extension its recommended you consult a reputable construction company that is experienced in all areas of designing and building house extensions. They will help you plan your construction project and make sure it meets all the required regulations and takes all the factors into consideration.
What is the party wall act?x
The party wall act allows you to carry out any building and extension work up to the boundary or even on the boundary between your houses. If your project requires any digging work for foundations to be built within 3 metres of a neighbouring property boundary or party wall you’ll need to comply with the party wall act. Though your neighbour cannot stop your building work going ahead its there to protect everyone’s best interests. This may require a surveyor being required to act on your behalf.