Home Improvements

Would I Need Planning Permissions to Add Windows into a Residence?

Posted on April 30, 2021 at 1:12 pm

If you are in a home or have bought a home that you wish to add, replace or move windows in, you may be uncertain as to whether or not you will need Planning Permissions prior to doing this. Adding, replacing or moving windows is typically not a project that would need planning permissions but there are stipulations where you would. For instance, if you are in a listed building, you would not be able to conduct any major window changes with only Permitted Development (PD) rights.

Another reason why you might need planning permissions is if there had previously been conditions attached to the original permission, for which you would need to speak to your local authority. However, usually to insert a new window or doorway you are able to do so, with PD rights as long as any upper floor windows on the side of the house are glazed. They must also be fixed to a non-opening frame, unless opener is more than 1.7m above the floor.

So typically no, you will not need planning permissions for adding, replacing or moving windows.

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Tips and Tricks to a Loft Conversion

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 12:57 pm

If properly planned, loft conversions can be an excellent way to add property value and increase your living space. There are many people out there that have run into some major problems and set-backs during a loft conversion, but if you know a couple of these handy ways to avoid certain possible risks, it will help keep your project moving smoothly.

1. Plan the Stairs well- be sure to put plenty of thought into how the stairs will work and flow in your home and what the best layout is for efficiency and effectiveness downstairs and upstairs.

2. Plan furniture during design- whilst the design stage is happening, be sure to plan what furniture you want to put in, to ensure the space will work as you need it to.

3. Plan windows and doors carefully- consider how to maximise natural light flow into your loft conversion and thoroughly consider the placement of all doors and windows compared to the space usage and furniture.

Planning a loft conversion can be tricky, but by using these tips, doing some research and taking plenty of time to plan before beginning a project, it will help to greatly decrease the chances of serious unexpected problems.

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