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Is planning permission needed for a conservatory?

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 7:41 pm

A conservatory can add a room to your home and increase its value, but do you need planning permission to build one?

In May 2019, the UK government made changes to the planning laws to make it easier to understand when planning permission is required and when it’s not.

In most cases, a conservatory can be built without planning permission as long as the following rules are abided by:

Terraced and semi-detached homes can build a conservatory of up to 6 meters without planning permission.

Detached homes can build a conservatory up to 8 meters without planning permission.

Further stipulations are:

The maximum height is not over 4 meters high (or 3 meters high is within 2 meters of your boundary)

The conservatory does not cover more than half your garden

The roof peak is not higher than the eaves of the property

We hope this has helped to clarify the position on conservatories.

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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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Reasons to avoid buying solid oak flooring

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 6:55 am

It is a known fact that for many people, engineered flooring is preferred to solid oak flooring and this is because engineered flooring is cheaper and it has a lot of other practical advantages. The reasons to avoid buying solid oak flooring are big enough to convince many people to go for engineered flooring and the reasons are as follows:

Heating Systems:

If you’ll choose to buy solid oak flooring, you will also have to say goodbye to under-floor heating system. It is because under-floor heating systems are not compatible with solid oak flooring.

Moisture:

The solid oak flooring is highly susceptible to wet or moist places and cannot be put to use in bathrooms. Besides that, it is also not fit to be used in basements as well. It tremendous decreases the usability of this flooring.

Forget DIY:

Unlike other floorings, this type of flooring cannot be installed by a person on its own. It requires a professional floor fitter to be installed and costs you a good deal
of money.

Expensive:

It is not only expensive to install, it is costly as well. It needs you to pay extra to
the seller as well as to the floor fitter making it less economical. That’s why
you should avoid buying this type of flooring.

Ageing Effects:

You might be able to use it for sometime but as it gets old, it becomes susceptible to
contracting, expanding, cupping and bowing. Thus, it costs you even more money
to get it repaired every time there is something wrong with the flooring.

Using engineered flooring is very advantageous as compared to solid oak flooring. Its
quality is much better as compared to solid oak flooring making it resistant
against the seasonal wear and tear. Besides that, the aesthetics of engineered
flooring is always a pleasure to the eyes.

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What is a garden veranda?

Posted on August 31, 2018 at 10:34 am

A garden is a plot of land where flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits are cultivated. Gardening is nothing but growing the plants on a piece of land. Gardening can be both a hobby as and commercial activity. A veranda gives us a way of enjoying the garden from the garden, yet still protected from the worst of the elements. We are actually in the garden because we can feel the breeze and climate, smell the flowers or freshly mown grass and, so, enjoy the results of our days work toiling in the earth. The veranda is the gardener’s conservatory.

You may not know this, but glass verandas are ingrained in British colonial history in Australia, America and India, as well as other parts of Asia. Here they are so much a part of popular culture that they have entered their literature as symbols of a way of life. Perhaps the veranda provided a way for the British settlers to enjoy the countryside around them, but still feel safe and protected in a very different climate. The veranda allowed them to hold onto some control, some sense of Britishness while enjoying the beauty of the new land around them, which is certainly the case in Australia, where they are still incredibly popular.

Gardening has something to do with controlling nature, bending its growth our way. We enjoy the work because it satisfies something within us, a kind of instinct to ‘tidy-up’ the wildness around us. Our gardens are our refuge from the speed and chaos of the modern world an unchanging place that continually changes, but only at the steady pace of the seasons.

Inside the conservatory, we are protected. The glass lets us enjoy the light, and visual beauty of the garden, while the wood and bricks and modern materials keep us in the modern world. For the enthusiastic gardener, though, it is perhaps one step too many backs inside. We don’t just enjoy watching the garden we enjoy being a part of it sensing it with all of our senses: feeling it in our hands, experiencing the fragrances, hearing the birds and buzzing, and tasting the herbs or home-grown food. The conservatory confines us to be a mere spectator, or we have to pull the garden inside with potted plants whereas the verandah frees us to stay outside enjoying what we have done and to plot what we have left to do. If we enjoy being in the garden then why go back inside?

The veranda still protects us from the worst elements, those that drive us inside even when we’re enjoying our gardening. The conservatory protects us from the weather even when there is nothing to be protected from who runs inside from a warm and lovely spring, summer or autumnal day?

If you are planning to extend your home, consider a veranda the gardener’s conservatory.

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