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Interior styling: How to Use Home Staging to Market Your Property and Increase its Value

“House staging is a creative art — done correctly, it allows prospective buyers to form an emotional attachment to a property which influences their decision to buy.”

Proven Partners – Advisory and Real Estate Marketing Services

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Home staging and interior styling is the art of presenting a home in its best possible light through careful design considerations that present buyers with the perception of a move-in ready home. Done correctly, it can significantly impact the saleability and value of a property.

If you are a developer seeking to optimize your properties for market, or if you are a homeowner who looks to sell your home in the near future, mastering the techniques of house staging is essential in attracting potential buyers and increasing the value of your existing and future developments.

To demostrate this we have asked global experts Proven Partners to give us tips and interior styling advice on how you can make your home sale-ready and how to add these little touches that make all the difference.

Home Staging and Interior Styling Tips

Styling homes for the market is an effective way to appeal to a wider audience of buyers. Often, it is difficult for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in a new space with their own personal belongings and lifestyle. To that end your job through home staging is to visually present them with options of how each area of the property can best be utilized and become their very own.

Create a blank canvas

It’s essential to create a blank canvas when developing your property. Avoid excess furniture and anything that might distract potential buyers from seeing the property’s true potential, including limiting clutter on surface spaces. A design choice that follows clean, neutral interiors will allow buyers to imagine their own belongings in the space.

Improve curb appeal

Before a prospective buyer even sees the inside of a property, they’ll judge it from the exterior. Ensure this aspect of the property doesn’t slip down the priorities list as you create your show home. Also, ensure the landscaping throughout the entryway is eye-catching and impressive, consider the design of the front door and entry spaces, examine the driveway and surrounding hardscaping.

Refresh interiors

Challenge your design team to integrate interior design color schemes and design concepts that really bring your property staging to life. Even thoughtful paint choices can transform a space from dull and tired to fresh and inviting. Soft and light colors are recommended, as well as a statement wall that can add depth and show buyers the potential of their new home. Remember, areas should be dressed up and look immaculate — set the dining room table for dinner or set up an alfresco outdoor seating area, with a bottle of wine in an ice bucket.

Take some staging tips from Fortis Property Group who staged six townhouses in Brooklyn, New York, with a range of luxury furniture. The unique townhouses used lots of concrete and exposed brick walls, so it was really important to stage the home so that prospective buyers could visualize their own personal items in the space.

Home Staging and Interior Styling Tips for Different Rooms

House staging is a creative art — done correctly, it allows prospective buyers to form an emotional attachment to a property which influences their decision to buy. It’s important to consider the various areas of the property to stage them appropriately for viewings.

Kitchen

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The kitchen is seen by many prospective buyers as the heart of the home, so it’s important to ensure this space is well-staged. With this in mind, it’s best to create a minimalist space that is clean and decluttered, avoiding adding any appliances such as toasters and coffee machines. A clean and spacious-looking kitchen is the key to appealing to prospective buyers.

If you’re a developer wondering how to best stage your homes, you may look at how to refresh the kitchen flooring. Or if you are a homeowner looking to add an extension to your home you may look at GOAStudio’s Kitchen extensions London architect guide.

Living room

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Another hub of the home is the living room, which needs to be inviting. When staging this area, open up the space by avoiding the addition of unnecessary furniture and striking the perfect balance between too much and too little. To this end brief your design team on creating a unique rooms layout and color scheme to create the desired atmosphere you wish your property to convey.

Bedroom

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When staging the bedroom of a show home property, ensure you make it as inviting as possible. Consider adding blankets and pillows to bolster the space. Also, remember to declutter any wardrobes and shelves and avoid adding any objects that could be interpreted as personal items. Specifically, you want to instil prospective buyers with a feeling of comfort, so that they can imagine themselves living there.

Bathroom

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When staging the bathroom, cleanliness is first and foremost the most important factor — for this reason you should always ensure that a pristine bathroom compliments the overall design. Toilets and sinks should be presented immaculately, and glass showers and mirrors should be streak-free. Think minimal when it comes to the bathroom’s interiors and keep in mind that “less is more”.

Hiring A Property Staging Expert

If you don’t know where to begin with house staging or you need some guidance you may consider contacting some home staging experts. They will incorporate current trends into the property’s style and decor and make your home as attractive as possible to prospective buyers.

For developers with a large portfolio of homes within various locations, a property staging specialist will be able to take this task off your hands, allowing your properties to resonate and appeal to the highest number of buyers through well careful design considerations that tap into the psychology of what exactly influences a prospective buyer to turn into a customer.

Key Takeaways

Home staging is a powerful marketing tool that can significantly impact the sale of your property. By presenting your properties in the best possible light, you can attract more buyers, sell faster, and potentially achieve a higher selling price. Remember, staging a house for sale is about creating a welcoming and captivating environment that allows buyers to envision themselves living there. By following these home staging tips, you’ll be well on your way to successful and rewarding property sales for any existing or upcoming developments.

About the Author

Proven Partners bridges commercial and creative expertise to bring hotel and luxury real estate projects to life. They create impactful brands and meaningful concepts to drive sales, partnering with progressive hospitality brands and independent developers to build projects that truly stand out. Proven Partners Real Estate Marketing services can help you with your real estate marketing strategy.

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GOAStudio London residential architecture and interior design is an award-winning practice, specialising in architectural services for residential projects across London.

As your local residential architect our team aims to provide a friendly and professional service for your home project.

Our approach is based on carefully considering the particular aspects of each scheme before coming up with a creative way for you to instil your unique stamp on what we do and how we do it. 

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB).

BOROUGH SPECIFIC ARCHITECT AND PLANNING GUIDES FOR YOUR HOME PROJECT

Your local Council will have in place design and planning requirements for your home project and you will need to obtain planning approval for a wide range of extensions and alterations to your property.

When you get in touch we will offer you detailed advice about what is likely that your Council will approve and in the meantime we have prepared the following architectural and planning guides that include extracts of the relevant planning policy and examples of our projects in our Borough.

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We provide architectural services in the following London Boroughs:

Read our design, planning, and architectural guides above if you seek advice for your project.

We can help you with these home extensions and renovations:

See our guides above for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.

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  • Developer architectural services

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GOAStudio London residential architecture limited, 86-90 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE, Hackney

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Architectural plans

Architectural plans

Architectural plans and professional guidance for your home project

You will need to prepare architectural plans for your home project.

They are often called “architect plans” however they do not need to be prepared by chartered architects (ARB / RIBA) as such.

While it is true that you can appoint a number of other professionals to prepare architectural plans or “architect plans” there will be instances when an architect is the professional with the right type of skills, knowledge and experience for your home project.

Below we have put together information and guidance about what architectural plans are and what are not, what is typically included in architect plans, and even if you can draw up your own architects plans.

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What are architectural plans or architect plans?

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Architectural plans are illustrations prepared with the intention to communicate a certain type of information to others.

For example, you might want to communicate your design requirements to a builder, or to the planning officer, or to the Building Regulations Inspector, or even to the neighbours who might be interested in how you wish to extend your home.

The term “architectural plans” or “architect plans” tends to be an umbrella term.

“Plans” is a short form reference to “Floor plans” however commonly the term also includes a number of other drawings as well. Similarly to “floor plans” that show how the layout will look if seen from above, you also have “elevations” that show how the property looks as seen from the street level or when you stand at the back of your garden. And you also have “sections” that are illustrations that cut through the property to show the floor levels and the outline of the roofline.

Often enough architectural plans include 3D illustrations and even animations (i.e. walk-throughs). In this case the architectural designer will “build” a 3D model and then set up a camera to fly-through this 3D model to give you a virtual reality experience of the new space before it gets built.

Architects plans can also communicate technical, regulatory, and legal information depending on what the requirements are in each case and depending on how you intend to use them.

The key thing to remember is that architectural plans are prepared for a specific purpose and they will include or exclude information as necessary for this reason.

Do I need an architect to draw plans UK?

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You do not necessarily need an architect to draw plans in UK.

There is no protection of function in the UK, which means that you do not need to be an architect to prepare architectural plans.

However there might be reasons why you might want to appoint an architect for your home project. Even if you appoint an architect you need to make sure they have relevant skills and experience of similar projects.

The requirements of your project, its complexity, and what knowledge you expect from your designer, are all factors that will drive your decision on who to appoint.

Architectural technologists (see CIAT) are also able to prepare architectural plans of high quality and detail. Architectural technicians of various levels of experience might also be able to prepare drawings and details for simpler projects. Interior designers (see BIID) are experts in detailed design when it comes to interiors, fabrics, fittings and finishes.

If your project includes structural alterations then you will also need plans and information prepared by a structural engineer. These are not called “architects plans” and you will typically need to call them as “structural plans” or “engineer’s plans”.

What is included in an architect plan?

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An architect plan can include any type of layouts, details and specifications required and there is no set type of information included in an architect plan.

In fact if you appoint an architect you will see that they prepare a number of architectural plans and illustrations during the various project stages and for each of the approvals you will need to obtain for your home project.

Design / planning stage plans – Drawings for this stage are likely to include sketch design plans, design development plans, and final planning stage plans that will be submitted to the Council for planning approval.

Building Regulations stage plans – Typically these are technical plans, prepared in co-ordination with the engineer’s structural plans, and they aim to demonstrate compliance with the current Building Regulations. These are drawings technical in nature and they need to be prepared by qualified professionals who are able to translate your design requirements to details and construction methods that are buildable, safe and compliant.

Tendering stage plans – Design development is a constant process of refinement of the initial sketch proposals you will prepare with your architectural designer. Tendering stage plans “zoom in” further into the finishes, fittings, products, and furniture choices you need to make for your project. And they aim to demonstrate to the building contractors the finer details of your requirements. This allows the building contractor to accurately review your design requirements and price them accordingly.

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Can I do my own drawings for planning permission?

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I have seen it happen successfully and you might be able to do your own drawings for a planning permission.

For the simplest of projects you will need to prepare a set of plans as existing to include relevant floor plans, elevations and sections to illustrate your property. These plans as existing need to be prepared to a given scale and they need to include sufficient detail for the purposes of your home project.

Afterwards you will need to prepare a set of plans as proposed. These plans will show to the Council what you propose to do with your property. Also, they need to include relevant information on dimensions, on materials, and relationships to boundaries.

Your Council will have a list of validations requirements, this is similar to the validation information you will find in the Planning Portal. Also please note that for the planning submission you will also need to prepare design, access, heritage, etc statements in support of your planning application.

For the simplest of projects, and with a bit of skill from your side, you might be able to do your own drawings and successfully submit a planning application.

However a successful submission is only one half of the job and for a successful outcome you will still need design and planning advice from an architect or other professional.

You will need someone who will not only prepare architectural plans on your behalf but who will also ensure that these architect plans are in accordance to the current planning guidelines and have a high chance of approval by your local authority.

Can I draw my own plans for building regs?

Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. The regulations are developed by the UK government and approved by Parliament.

The Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extension of buildings and these regulations are supported by Approved Documents. Approved Documents set out detailed practical guidance on compliance with the regulations.

Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you might need both for your project.

You can apply to any local authority building control department or Approved Inspector for building regulations approval.

Planning Portal – Building Control.

While you might be able to draw up your own planning stage plans it is likely that you do not have the right knowledge to prepare the more detailed and technical architectural plans that are required for a Building Regulations submission.

And remember that you will also need to have prepared structural plans, prepared by a qualified professional with professional indemnity insurance in place, to submit as part of your Building Regulations application.

If you are keen and willing to give it a go still then make sure you give yourself plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation requirements and guidelines. Your starting point is the Approved Documents that not only give a summary of the relevant legislation but also include diagrammes on ways to satisfy these legal requirements.

Having said that, it is all very technical for a layperson and you will be best served by appointing a professional to prepare the relevant plans and information for the Building Regulations submission.

Do I need architectural plans for an extension?

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It is likely that you will need a few different types of architects plans for your home extension project.

To start with you will need to prepare some sketch and design architectural plans to help you decide what you want to do with the new extension area. You will also want to see how the adjacent existing spaces will be affected by the new extension. And once you have prepared a set of drawings (plans, elevations, and sections) as proposed you will be able to make decisions on the overall size of rooms, their relationship to eachother, and the balance of the circulation routes.

Afterwards you will need to refine these sketch and design plans and develop them to create planning stage architectural plans for the planning submission to the Council. These plans will need to include relevant information in response to the planning requirements and to demonstrate that your proposals comply with the planning guidelines and requirements.

Then you will need to develop the planning architectural plans further, add detail to them, include structural information prepared by an engineer, to create Building Regulations architectural plans.

Other architect drawings you might need for your extension project might include tendering architects plans and architect drawings for the Freeholder, Party Walls, or Thames Water.

All this explains the different type of information you will need to include in a given set of plans depending on the requirements in each case. It does not mean that these plans need to be prepared by an architect. However you need to make sure that whoever prepares this information has the right type of knowledge, skills and experience to be able to assist with your home extension project.

How do I make my own architectural plans?

You can start by doing a course in architecture and qualifying as an architect. It currently takes a minimum of 7no. years full time to qualify as an architect.

Failing that, and given that you do not really need to be an architect to prepare architectural plans, you can start instead with learning a bit more about construction. In addition to this, you will need to learn a bit more about how to do drawings either by hand or in a computer.

This is not a task for the faint-hearted.

While trying to get your head around thermal bridging or planning guidelines that seem to lack common sense you might come to the conclusion that life is short. And that you do not want to take the risk and to go through the hassle of making your own architectural plans.

In this case you can contact us to assist and we will be happy to prepare accurate and professional architects plans for your home project. Because this is what we do.

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Golders Green Barnet NW11 House extension Architectural design and internal views 400x284 Interior styling

Golders Green II, Barnet NW11 | House extension

Architect designed mansard roof house extension Angel Islington N1 Bathroom design copy 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Mansard roof house extension

Architect designed house extension East Finchley Barnet N2 Inside out 400x284 Interior styling

East Finchley, Barnet N2 | House extension

Architect designed house extension with full refurbishment Lewisham SE13 View of ground floor1 400x284 Interior styling

Lewisham SE13 | House extension and full refurbishment

Kings Cross Islington WC1 – Listed Building rear flat extension – Rear elevation photo copy 400x284 Interior styling

King’s Cross, Islington WC1 | Grade II Listed flat extension

Grove Park Lewisham SE12 House rear extension External copy 400x284 Interior styling

Grove Park, Lewisham SE12 | House extension

Architect designed rear house extension Tufnell Park Camden NW5 3D Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Tufnell Park, Camden NW5 | Rear house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Penge east Bromley SE26 Rear view 1 400x284 Interior styling

Penge East, Bromley SE26 | Rear house extension

Architect designed two storey house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 – Design rear elevation 3D copy 400x284 Interior styling

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | Two storey house extension

Architect designed kitchen extension Honor Oak Park Lewisham SE23 Design section 300x266 Interior styling

Honor Oak Park, Lewisham SE23 | Kitchen extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Pimlico Westminster SW1P West Elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Pimlico, Westminster SW1P | Penthouse extension and alterations

Architect designed Kilburn Brent NW2 kitchen house extension External elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Kilburn, Brent NW2 | Garden flat extension

Southfields Wandsworth SW18 residential development – Architect design section copy 400x284 Interior styling

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Residential development

Architect designed mansard roof extension Finsbury Park Islington N7 Kitchen 400x284 Interior styling

Finsbury Park, Islington N7 | Mansard roof extension

Architect designed rear house extension Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Ground plan 400x284 Interior styling

Muswell Hill, Haringey N10 | Rear house extension

Architect designed house extension Winchmore Hill Enfield N21 Floor plans 400x284 Interior styling

Winchmore Hill, Enfield N21 | House extension development

Highgate Haringey N8 Residential development feasibility study 3D images 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate N8 | Residential development feasibility study

Architect designed penthouse extension Angel Islington N1 Site section and elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Penthouse extension

Architect designed flat extension Hammersmith Fulham W12 Design elevations 400x284 Interior styling

Stamford Brook, Hammersmith and Fulham W12 | Flat extension

Barnes Richmond SW14 – Rear house kitchen extension – 3D image copy 400x284 Interior styling

Barnes, Richmond SW14 | Rear house kitchen extension

Shepherds Bush Hammersmith Fulham W14 House extension Design sections and 3D images 1 400x284 Interior styling

Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith Fulham W14 | House extension

Finchley road Camden NW3 Flat extension Internal fitting layouts 1 400x284 Interior styling

Finchley Road, Camden NW3 | Flat extension

Architect designed roof flat extension Chiswick Hounslow W4 Steel frame construction 1 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Roof extension to a flat

Architect designed residential flat conversion Chiswick Hounslow W4 Design section and elevations 1 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Residential conversion to flats

Architect designed kitchen and roof house extension Arsenal Islington N5 Rear garden photo 1 400x284 Interior styling

Arsenal, Islington N5 | Kitchen and roof house extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Barbican Islington EC1Y West Elevation 1 1 400x284 Interior styling

Barbican, Islington EC1Y | Penthouse extension

Architect designed garden flat extension Tooting Broadway Wandsworth SW17 Site photo 1 400x284 Interior styling

Tooting Broadway, Wandsworth SW17 | Garden flat extension

Architect designed roof extension Shortlands Bromley BR1 Construction photos 400x284 Interior styling

Shortlands, Bromley BR1 | Roof extension

04 Highgate Haringey N8 House extension 3Ds sections and elevations 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate II, Haringey N8 | House extension

Highgate Haringey N8 Residential development feasibility study Sections 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate I, Haringey N6 | Residential property development

1216 Fulham Broadway H Fulham SW6 7UH Flat alterations to a mansard roof Front elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Fulham Broadway SW6 | Flat alterations mansard roof

Architect designed house extension West Hampstead Camden NW6 – 3D visual 400x284 Interior styling

West Hampstead, Camden NW6 | House extension

MAIDA VALE W9 400x284 Interior styling

Maida Vale, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

SOUTHFIELDS SW18 KITCHEN 400x284 Interior styling

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Kitchen house extension

01 St Margarets Richmond TW1 House roof extension Section 1200x795 400x284 Interior styling

St Margarets I, Richmond TW1 | House roof extension

ST MARGARETS RICHMOND TW1 400x284 Interior styling

St Margarets II, Richmond TW1 | House extension

SW16 STREATHAM HILL 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Hill, Lambeth SW16 | House extension

Clapham North Lambeth SW4 House extension Design floor plans 400x284 Interior styling

Clapham North, Lambeth SW4 | House extension

NW5 CHALK FARM 400x284 Interior styling

Chalk Farm, Camden NW5 | Rear flat extension

newham e7 400x284 Interior styling

Newham, E7 | House extension

Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension Floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension Ground floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension

Kensington Chelsea SW5 Philbeach Conservation area architect services Window replacement and external alterations by GOAStudio London architects 03 Section 400x284 Interior styling

Philbeach Conservation area architects

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 Rear house extension ElevR 400x284 Interior styling

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 | Rear house extension

Leyton Waltham Forest E11 new build housing development PlanG 400x284 Interior styling

Leyton Waltham Forest E11 New build housing development

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment PlanG 400x284 Interior styling

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment

Walthamstow Waltham Forest E17 Rear side house extension Floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Walthamstow, Waltham Forest E17 | Rear side house extension

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 garden flat rear extension refurbishment Section and elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Leytonstone, Waltham Forest E11 | Garden flat rear extension refurbishment

South Woodford IG8 rear house extension Design section 400x284 Interior styling

South Woodford IG8 Rear house extension

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development Ground floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension Loft plan 400x284 Interior styling

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension

Dalston Hackney N16 House side extension Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Dalston Hackney N16 | House side extension

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension Architect Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension Architect floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension Architect Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension

Plaistow Newham E13 Rear side house extension architect Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Plaistow Newham E13 House rear side extension

Lambeth SE1 conservation area residential development Front elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Lambeth SE1 Conservation area residential development

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension

GOAStudio London residential architecture media opinion publications 2 Interior styling

We provide architectural services in the following London Boroughs:

Read our design, planning, and architectural guides above if you seek advice for your project.

We can help you with these home extensions and renovations:

See our guides above for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.

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We specialise in

  • Greener homes
  • Retrofit and energy efficiency for older and traditional buildings
  • Conservation areas
  • Listed Buildings
  • Homeowner architectural services
  • Developer architectural services

RIBA Chartered architect services

CONTACT US

GOAStudio London residential architecture limited, 86-90 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE, Hackney

GOAStudio London residential architecture limited, Chestnut Avenue South, E17 9EJ, Waltham Forest

t: 0203 984 3005
e: george@goastudio.co.uk
e: media@goastudio.co.uk

 

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Terraced house extension plans

Terraced house extension plans

Terraced house extension plans and professional guidance for your home project

 

  • Do you own a Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian house?

  • Is it terraced, semi-detached or detached?

  • And would you like to add a single or double storey extension?

In all these cases you will need to prepare house extension plans for your home project.

According to the Office for National Statistics – Census 2021

  • 7.8 million households (31.5% of all households) were in semi-detached properties, up from 31.3% (7.3 million) in 2011
  • 5.8 million (23.2%) were in detached properties, up from 5.3 million (22.7%) in 2011
  • 5.7 million (23.2%) were in terraced properties, down from 5.8 million (24.6%) in 2011

Below we have prepared answers to common questions about what detached, semi-detached and terrace house extension plans and information you will need to prepare for your home project.

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Where do I start for my terrace house extension plans?

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You can make a real good start by appointing an architect to help you develop your brief and to help you clarify your own requirements.

Before you even start with your plans for your terrace house extension you will need to have a think about what type of spaces you need now and in the future. You can have a look at what other terrace houses along the street got approved and you can find the approval on your local authority website.

What you will find there is terrace house extension plans and ideas for houses that are very similar to yours. This will help you visualise how much space you can add and this will help you see how others used this additional space.

Your own requirements might be different though. I often see the design of a terrace house extension project develop differently even when the layout of the existing house is the same and when the budget for the extension is the same too.

An architect will help you distil ideas you might have had over the years living in your terrace house. And an architect can help you reject ideas that might not give you the best type of extension for you and your family.

Once you have drawn up a few plans you will be able to reach to certain ideas and arrangements. This will give you clarity about which of the terrace house extension plans work for you and which direction you should take with the design development.

There are no right or wrong answers and through floor plans, sections and elevations you will develop a better understanding about what you need and what your terraced property can become for you.

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Who draws up plans for a house extension?

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Previously I mentioned architects since at GOAStudio we are London architects and we specialise in residential properties and preparing house extension plans for properties across London.

However you do not necessarily need an architect to draw up plans for your house extension.

What you need is a professional that has the skills, knowledge and experience to guide you through the design development stage and to prepare a bunch of technical plans, specification, and information for the approvals you will need to obtain and for the builders to price.

Such a professional could be an architect, a technologist, a building technician, or an interior designer. Probably not your builder.

And probably not yourself unless you are accordingly qualified and / or as a minimum you have read a couple of construction for dummies manuals and you know what the pictures in the manual mean.

At some point it is likely that you also need a structural engineer to draw up plans for your house extension project.

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Do you need planning drawings or building regulation plans for your terrace house extension?

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The quick answer is yes, as a minimum you will need planning drawings and building regulations plans for your terrace house extension project.

The same applies to any type of house extension project, double storey extensions, single storey extensions, and whether the house is terraced, semi-detached or detached.

The idea is that house extension plans are prepared to convey the necessary information for the various approvals you will need to obtain for your home project.

Actually, “plans” is a shorthand for different types of drawings. “Plans” can mean floor plans, elevation illustrations, section cuts through the house, or 3D images that show the house from a bird’s eye view angle.

Terrace house extension planning drawings convey information to the planning officer to demonstrate two key things: a. what is there at the moment and b. what alterations you aim to carry out.

In fact such planning stage house extension plans come in two sets: as existing and as proposed. And the idea is that anyone can compare them to see exactly what the alterations and extension are and how such changes to the house comply with the planning regulations.

Typically such planning stage house extension plans include dimensions about the depth, width and height of the proposed extension. They also include information about the materials you propose to use, how new windows and door relate to the pattern of the existing windows and doors, and they need to demonstrate how your proposed extension impacts the neighbouring houses.

Building Regulations house extension plans are much more detailed and they include a larger quantity of construction information that is relevant to the current Building Regulations. For more information about what you need to include in these Building Regulations plans see Planning Portal – Building Control

Typically though the architect will prepare a set of technical Building Regulations plans and information for the Building Regulations submission. And a structural engineer will also prepare a set of structural Building Regulations plans an information to be also submitted to the Building Regulations Inspector.

The Inspector will check the technical and structural plans, request additional information if this is necessary and provide a conditional approval to these plans. Then the Inspector will visit the building site 4-5 times during the construction stage. At the end of the construction stage the Inspector will certify the building works and confirm that everything was built in accordance to the current Building Regulations.

What type of double storey extension semi detached house plans am I likely to need?

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Given that 7.8 million households (31.5% of all households) live in semi-detached properties, single and double extensions are one of the most common types of development to residential properties.

Typically there are two main types of double storey extensions to semi-detached houses you will need plans for:

a. Double storey side extension semi-detached house plans – Semi-detached houses often allow a gap between the side of the house and the side boundary. Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian semi-detached house layouts can easily be added to as long as this gap to the boundary is a minimum of 2.5m. This is true for both the ground and first floor layout. At the ground floor the plan of the semi-detached house will evolve to accommodate an additional reception room or guest bedroom at the front. At the rear of new extension the floor plan can develop to enlarge the kitchen area and to provide a new utility space. On the first floor the plan can be developed to add more bedroom and bathroom areas to the semi-detached house.

b. Double storey rear extension semi-detached house plans – A semi-detached house can be potentially extended to both the side and the rear of the house. When you have a chance to extend on two storeys at the rear, and this is subject to planning approval, you end up with a floor plan that works differently on the ground and first floor levels. In most cases a double rear extension will allow for an enlarged kitchen, living and dining area on the ground floor. On the first floor you need careful development of the design to create additional bedroom and bathroom areas. The reason for this is that the existing staircase or the existing bathroom might not be in an ideal position to allow for the double storey extension to your semi-detached house to create much or useful additional floor space.

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Holland Park Conservation architect designed house extension and renovation in Kensington Chelsea W14 by GOAStudio London architects 09 Existing elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Holland Park conservation architect | Villa house extensions and renovation

Hackney N16 Kitchen extension and house renovation by GOAStudio London architects Kitchen island 400x284 Interior styling

Hackney N16 Kitchen extension

Putney Wandsworth SW15 House extensions full renovation Garden kitchen light 400x284 Interior styling

Putney Wandsworth SW15 House extensions full renovation

Lewisham SE13 Rear kitchen extension Through views 400x284 Interior styling

Lewisham SE13 Rear kitchen extension

Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6 Contemporary architecture 400x284 Interior styling

Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6

Angel Islington N1 Listed House rear extension Garden view 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Listed house rear extension

Architect designed rear house extension Highgate Haringey N6 – Rear elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate, Haringey N6 | Rear house extension

Architect designed residential extension Stoneleigh KT17 – View to the garden 400x284 Interior styling

Stoneleigh KT17 | Extension and alterations to a bungalow

Architect designed roof and kitchen house extension Kingston KT2 Dining area 400x284 Interior styling

Kingston KT2 | Roof and kitchen house extension

High Barnet EN5 Residential extension locally Listed house Living and kitchen 400x284 Interior styling

High Barnet EN5 | Locally Listed house extension

Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Side kitchen extension Breakfast bar area 400x284 Interior styling

Muswell Hill Haringey N10 | Side kitchen extension

Enfield Chase EN2 Rear house extension refurbishment External view 400x284 Interior styling

Enfield Chase EN2 | Rear house extension and refurbishment

Architect designed rear house extension Finchley Central Barnet N3 Fluid use of space 400x284 Interior styling

Finchley Central Barnet N3 | Rear house extension

St James Park Westminster SW1H Penthouse alterations and refurbishment Living area 400x284 Interior styling

St James Park, Westminster SW1H | Penthouse alterations refurbishment

Nunhead Lewisham SE15 House kitchen extension – Rear elevation 2 400x284 Interior styling

Nunhead, Lewisham SE15 | House kitchen extension

Architect designed house extension Grange Park Enfield N21 View outside in 400x284 Interior styling

Grange Park, Enfield N21 | House extension and alterations

Architect designed Putney Wandsworth SW6 kitchen house extension View from the garden 1 400x284 Interior styling

Putney, Wandsworth SW6 | Kitchen house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Herne Hill SE24 Lambeth Kitchen and garden view2 400x284 Interior styling

Herne Hill, Lambeth SE24 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 View to the garden 1200x781 1 400x284 Interior styling

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Chiswick Hounslow W4 – Bathroom design photos copy 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Highbury Islington N5 Ground floor kitchen area 400x284 Interior styling

Highbury, Islington N5 | House extension

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Kitchen refurbishment Canonbury Park North Islington N1

Architect designed Listed House extension Angel Islington EC1 Upper floor internal views 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington EC1 | Listed house extension

Architect designed house extension Maryland Newham E15 View to the garden 400x284 Interior styling

Architect designed house extension Maryland Newham E15

Kings Cross Camden NW1 House extension External view and detail 400x284 Interior styling

King’s Cross, Camden NW1 | House extension

Paddington Westminster W2 Listed Building flat renovation Open plan layout 1 Interior styling

Paddington Westminster W2 | Listed Building flat renovation

Warwick Avenue Westminister W9 Flat extension Kitchen design idea 400x284 Interior styling

Warwick Avenue, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

Golders Green Barnet NW11 House extension Views of rear extension 400x284 Interior styling

Golders Green I, Barnet NW11 | House rear extension

Golders Green Barnet NW11 House extension Architectural design and internal views 400x284 Interior styling

Golders Green II, Barnet NW11 | House extension

Architect designed mansard roof house extension Angel Islington N1 Bathroom design copy 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Mansard roof house extension

Architect designed house extension East Finchley Barnet N2 Inside out 400x284 Interior styling

East Finchley, Barnet N2 | House extension

Architect designed house extension with full refurbishment Lewisham SE13 View of ground floor1 400x284 Interior styling

Lewisham SE13 | House extension and full refurbishment

Kings Cross Islington WC1 – Listed Building rear flat extension – Rear elevation photo copy 400x284 Interior styling

King’s Cross, Islington WC1 | Grade II Listed flat extension

Grove Park Lewisham SE12 House rear extension External copy 400x284 Interior styling

Grove Park, Lewisham SE12 | House extension

Architect designed rear house extension Tufnell Park Camden NW5 3D Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Tufnell Park, Camden NW5 | Rear house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Penge east Bromley SE26 Rear view 1 400x284 Interior styling

Penge East, Bromley SE26 | Rear house extension

Architect designed two storey house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 – Design rear elevation 3D copy 400x284 Interior styling

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | Two storey house extension

Architect designed kitchen extension Honor Oak Park Lewisham SE23 Design section 300x266 Interior styling

Honor Oak Park, Lewisham SE23 | Kitchen extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Pimlico Westminster SW1P West Elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Pimlico, Westminster SW1P | Penthouse extension and alterations

Architect designed Kilburn Brent NW2 kitchen house extension External elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Kilburn, Brent NW2 | Garden flat extension

Southfields Wandsworth SW18 residential development – Architect design section copy 400x284 Interior styling

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Residential development

Architect designed mansard roof extension Finsbury Park Islington N7 Kitchen 400x284 Interior styling

Finsbury Park, Islington N7 | Mansard roof extension

Architect designed rear house extension Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Ground plan 400x284 Interior styling

Muswell Hill, Haringey N10 | Rear house extension

Architect designed house extension Winchmore Hill Enfield N21 Floor plans 400x284 Interior styling

Winchmore Hill, Enfield N21 | House extension development

Highgate Haringey N8 Residential development feasibility study 3D images 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate N8 | Residential development feasibility study

Architect designed penthouse extension Angel Islington N1 Site section and elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Penthouse extension

Architect designed flat extension Hammersmith Fulham W12 Design elevations 400x284 Interior styling

Stamford Brook, Hammersmith and Fulham W12 | Flat extension

Barnes Richmond SW14 – Rear house kitchen extension – 3D image copy 400x284 Interior styling

Barnes, Richmond SW14 | Rear house kitchen extension

Shepherds Bush Hammersmith Fulham W14 House extension Design sections and 3D images 1 400x284 Interior styling

Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith Fulham W14 | House extension

Finchley road Camden NW3 Flat extension Internal fitting layouts 1 400x284 Interior styling

Finchley Road, Camden NW3 | Flat extension

Architect designed roof flat extension Chiswick Hounslow W4 Steel frame construction 1 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Roof extension to a flat

Architect designed residential flat conversion Chiswick Hounslow W4 Design section and elevations 1 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Residential conversion to flats

Architect designed kitchen and roof house extension Arsenal Islington N5 Rear garden photo 1 400x284 Interior styling

Arsenal, Islington N5 | Kitchen and roof house extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Barbican Islington EC1Y West Elevation 1 1 400x284 Interior styling

Barbican, Islington EC1Y | Penthouse extension

Architect designed garden flat extension Tooting Broadway Wandsworth SW17 Site photo 1 400x284 Interior styling

Tooting Broadway, Wandsworth SW17 | Garden flat extension

Architect designed roof extension Shortlands Bromley BR1 Construction photos 400x284 Interior styling

Shortlands, Bromley BR1 | Roof extension

04 Highgate Haringey N8 House extension 3Ds sections and elevations 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate II, Haringey N8 | House extension

Highgate Haringey N8 Residential development feasibility study Sections 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate I, Haringey N6 | Residential property development

1216 Fulham Broadway H Fulham SW6 7UH Flat alterations to a mansard roof Front elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Fulham Broadway SW6 | Flat alterations mansard roof

Architect designed house extension West Hampstead Camden NW6 – 3D visual 400x284 Interior styling

West Hampstead, Camden NW6 | House extension

MAIDA VALE W9 400x284 Interior styling

Maida Vale, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

SOUTHFIELDS SW18 KITCHEN 400x284 Interior styling

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Kitchen house extension

01 St Margarets Richmond TW1 House roof extension Section 1200x795 400x284 Interior styling

St Margarets I, Richmond TW1 | House roof extension

ST MARGARETS RICHMOND TW1 400x284 Interior styling

St Margarets II, Richmond TW1 | House extension

SW16 STREATHAM HILL 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Hill, Lambeth SW16 | House extension

Clapham North Lambeth SW4 House extension Design floor plans 400x284 Interior styling

Clapham North, Lambeth SW4 | House extension

NW5 CHALK FARM 400x284 Interior styling

Chalk Farm, Camden NW5 | Rear flat extension

newham e7 400x284 Interior styling

Newham, E7 | House extension

Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension Floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension Ground floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension

Kensington Chelsea SW5 Philbeach Conservation area architect services Window replacement and external alterations by GOAStudio London architects 03 Section 400x284 Interior styling

Philbeach Conservation area architects

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 Rear house extension ElevR 400x284 Interior styling

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 | Rear house extension

Leyton Waltham Forest E11 new build housing development PlanG 400x284 Interior styling

Leyton Waltham Forest E11 New build housing development

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment PlanG 400x284 Interior styling

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment

Walthamstow Waltham Forest E17 Rear side house extension Floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Walthamstow, Waltham Forest E17 | Rear side house extension

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 garden flat rear extension refurbishment Section and elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Leytonstone, Waltham Forest E11 | Garden flat rear extension refurbishment

South Woodford IG8 rear house extension Design section 400x284 Interior styling

South Woodford IG8 Rear house extension

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development Ground floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension Loft plan 400x284 Interior styling

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension

Dalston Hackney N16 House side extension Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Dalston Hackney N16 | House side extension

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension Architect Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension Architect floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension Architect Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension

Plaistow Newham E13 Rear side house extension architect Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Plaistow Newham E13 House rear side extension

Lambeth SE1 conservation area residential development Front elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Lambeth SE1 Conservation area residential development

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension

GOAStudio London residential architecture media opinion publications 2 Interior styling

We provide architectural services in the following London Boroughs:

Read our design, planning, and architectural guides above if you seek advice for your project.

We can help you with these home extensions and renovations:

See our guides above for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.

GOAStudio London residential architecture limited 2024 300x300 Interior styling

We specialise in

  • Greener homes
  • Retrofit and energy efficiency for older and traditional buildings
  • Conservation areas
  • Listed Buildings
  • Homeowner architectural services
  • Developer architectural services

RIBA Chartered architect services

CONTACT US

GOAStudio London residential architecture limited, 86-90 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE, Hackney

GOAStudio London residential architecture limited, Chestnut Avenue South, E17 9EJ, Waltham Forest

t: 0203 984 3005
e: george@goastudio.co.uk
e: media@goastudio.co.uk

 

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Architects London – GOAStudio London residential architecture

Architects London – GOAStudio London residential architecture

Architects London

GOAStudio London residential architecture

We are London architects with a very specific focus, skillset and expertise and we work on residential projects across London.

George Omalianakis is an expert London architect for residential extensions and renovations, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and registered with the  Architects Registration Board (ARB).

We are committed to what we do and as architects in London we provide a friendly and professional service that responds to the needs and aspirations of our clients. This is reflected in how we approach our work and how we communicate our values and ideas.

London Architectural and Design Home Guides

To assist homeowners across London we have prepared a series of London Architectural and Design Home Guides for side extensions, rear extensions, renovations and building work to houses and flats across Greater London.

These Guides offer inspiration and ideas, highlight key things you need to consider, and highlight your options for your home project.

Each guide has been prepared with the homeowner in mind and it aims to kick-start the design process by posing key questions you need to consider even before you appoint an architect for your project.

Conservation areas – London architectural and design home guide

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“What is the conservation area?”
“Where can I find conservation area design guidance for my project?”
“House extensions in conservation areas – Is it possible to extend my house in a conservation area?”

Contemporary extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“Should the kitchen area, the dining area, or the seating area be nearest to the rear garden? How does the sun moves from dawn to dusk around the rear of the property, and how can we have best access to natural light?”
“What are we trying to achieve in regards to natural light? Should we keep the amount of roof glazing to a minimum, which will make the rear garden appear more theatrical? Or should we go for lots of roof glazing to create an outdoor effect? Where should the cosy areas be?”
“What materials do we like and how do they make us feel? What mental associations do we make with them, what memories do they evoke and what do we want to say with the spaces we look to create?”

 

Kitchen extensions – London architectural and design home guide

More space for cooking
A dining area
A kitchen island or breakfast bar
Seating areas
Smart technology and appliances
A link to the garden
A feeling of outdoor living
More natural light
Increased space with extra height
Improved accessibility
Seamless integration with other rooms of the house
Open plan, zonal layout or defined and enclosed.

Flat extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“What are the top three things we like about the flat, and what are the top three things we want to change as part of extending and re-designing it?”
“Do we have a specific budget ceiling, and where do we want the money spending to be focussed on? What are the special elements of the design we do not want to compromise and where can we be more flexible within the context of our budget?”
“What are the provisions of my Lease, or Share of Freehold Agreement, and how do we need to go about securing Freeholder Approval for the building works?”

Garden flat extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“How long do we plan to live in the property, and how is our lifestyle likely to change over this time? What are the chances for a growing family, working from home, or picking up gardening as a hobby one day?”
“Is this garden flat a place for us to grow into or is it a stepping stone to our dream property?”

House extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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More space | Because families grow, kitchen areas are never large enough, and there is never enough storage space.
Better space | Because rooms can be dark, the living areas can be cut off from the garden, and because everybody likes the convenience of an en-suite in the master-bedroom.
Adding value | Because of stamp duty costs, the desire to step up the property ladder, and overall old good common sense.

Listed Buildings – London architectural and design home guide

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“What is a Listed Building?”
“What is a Locally Listed Building?”
“Is it possible to extend my Listed Building property?”

Mansard roof extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“How can we best use this new room? Will it be our new master-bedroom, a study space, a nanny’s room? What other bedrooms are available in the house, and what would work best for our changing needs and family?”
“Space permitting, how about adding an en-suite, a walk-in wardrobe, or even a coffee area in front of a Juliet balcony?”
“What do we think about rooflights in the bedroom? They bring more light into the room but how about the rain ticking on the glass; is it charming or just plain annoying?”

Rear extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“How can we improve the garden and how can we blend the views from inside out and outside in when it comes to floor and wall finishes? What’s lacking in my relationship to my garden, and how do I want to use my outdoor space in the future?”
“How will the family use the new space and how will it work in harmony with the adjacent living areas? Do we need overlapping family space as part of the new rear extension, a study or tv corner, and how will the circulation flow work for us?”

Residential renovations – London architectural and design home guide

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“How long do we plan to live in the property and how is our lifestyle likely to change over this time?
What are the chances for a growing family, working from home, or picking up gardening as a hobby one day?
Is this property a place for us to grow into, or is it a stepping stone to our dream property?”

Roof extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“Space permitting, how about adding an en-suite, a walk-in wardrobe, or even a coffee area in front of a Juliet balcony?”
“What do we think about rooflights in the bedroom? They bring more light into the room but how about the rain ticking on the glass, is it charming or just plain annoying?”

Side extensions – London architectural and design home guide

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“Should we build to the boundary, or is it possible to retain access to the garden from the front of the property by building an extension that is less wide?
“Is there a manhole cover in the side area, and what will happen to the existing drainage and soil vent pipes in this area?
“How can we maximise the light from the side extension, and should we go for a flat roof or a pitched roof?

London Borough Planning and Design Guides

We have also prepared a series of London Borough Planning and Design Guides. Across London architects need to deal with different planning policies for each of the London Borough.

Our Guides focus on the guidelines of your local planning authority and the key planning policies that might be relevant to your home project.

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Barnet planning and design guide

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For more information see: Barnet Council residential design guidance

N2 East Finchley, Hampstead Garden Suburb, N3 Church End, Finchley, N10 Muswell Hill, N11 Brunswick Park, Friern Barnet, N12 North Finchley, Woodside Park, N14 Southgate, N20 Totteridge, Whetstone, NW2 Cricklewood, NW4 Brent Cross, Hendon, NW7 Mill Hill, NW9 Colindale, The Hyde, NW11 Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Camden planning and design guide

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For more information see: Camden Council residential design guidance

N19 Dartmouth Park, NW1 Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, Somers Town, NW3 Belsize Park, Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, NW5 Gospel Oak, Kentish Town, NW6 Kilburn, South Hampstead, West Hampstead, NW8 Lisson Grove, St John’s Wood, W1 Fitzrovia, Soho, WC1 Bloomsbury, Kings Cross, St Pancras

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Enfield planning and design guide

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For more information see: Enfield Local Plan (June 2021)

N9 Lower Edmonton, N11 New Southgate, N13 Palmers Green, N14 Southgate, N18 Edmonton, Upper Edmonton, N21 Winchmore Hill, N22 Bowes Park

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Hackney planning and design guide

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For more information see: HACKNEY SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT RESIDENTIAL EXTENSIONS AND ALTERATIONS – Approved April 2009

Districts:
Dalston, De Beauvoir Town, Finsbury Park, Hackney, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs, Hackney Marshes, Hackney Wick, Haggerston, Homerton, Hoxton, Kingsland, Lea Bridge, London Fields, Lower Clapton, Manor House, Newington Green, Shacklewell, Shoreditch, South Hackney, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Upper Clapton, West Hackney

Postcodes:
E1, E15, E2, E20, E5, E8, E9, EC1V, EC2A, EC2M, N1, N15, N16, N4, N5

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham planning and design guide

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For more information see: Hammersmith & Fulham PLANNING GUIDANCE Supplementary Planning Document February 2018 

NW10 Old Oak Common, SW6 Fulham, Parson’s Green, Sands End, W6 Hammersmith, W12 Shepherd’s Bush

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Haringey planning and design guide

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For more information see: Haringey Council residential design guidance (Development Management DPD adopted July 2017)

N4 Finsbury Park, Manor House, Stroud Green, N6 Highgate, N8 Crouch End, Hornsey, Turnpike Lane, N10 Bounds Green, Muswell Hill, N15 Seven Sisters, South Tottenham, N17 Tottenham, Tottenham Hale

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Hounslow planning and design guide

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For more information see: Hounslow planning department

W4 Chiswick

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Islington planning and design guide

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For more information see: Islington Council residential design guidance (Urban Design Guide, Supplementary Planning Document, January 2017) 

EC1 Clerkenwell, Finsbury, St Lukes, N1 Angel, Barnsbury, Canonbury, Clerkenwell, Islington, Pentonville, N5 Highbury, N7 Holloway, Lower Holloway, N19 Archway, Tufnell Park, Upper Holloway, WC1 Kings Cross

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Lambeth planning and design guide

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For more information see: 2015 Lambeth Building Alterations & Extensions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

SE1 North Lambeth, South Bank, Waterloo, SE11 Kennington, Lambeth, SE19 Gipsy Hill, SE24 Herne Hill, SE27 Tulse Hill, West Norwood, SW2 Brixton, Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, SW4 Clapham, Clapham Park, SW8 South Lambeth, Vauxhall

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Lewisham planning and design guide

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For more information see: 2019 Lewisham Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document 

SE3 Blackheath, SE4 Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak Park, SE6 Bellingham, Catford, Hither Green, SE8 Deptford, St John’s, SE12 Grove Park, Lee, SE13 Hither Green, Ladywell, Lewisham, SE14 New Cross, New Cross Gate, SE21 Upper Sydenham, SE23 Forest Hill, SE26 Bell Green, Lower Sydenham, Sydenham

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Newham planning and design guide

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For more information see: Newham 2027 – Newham’s Local Plan Altering and Extending your Home Supplementary Planning Document 

E6 Beckton, E6 East Ham, E7 Forest Gate, E7 West Ham, E12 Manor Park, E13 Plaistow, E15 Stratford, E15 West Ham, E16 Canning Town, E16 North Woolwich, E16 Silvertown, E16 Victoria Docks

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Redbridge planning and design guide

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For more information see: Housing Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – Adopted September 2019

E11 Wanstead Village, E12 Aldersbrook, Wanstead Park, E18 South Woodford, Woodford, Churchfields,, IG1 Ilford Town, IG2 Ilford, Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Aldborough Hatch, IG3 Seven Kings, IG4 Redbridge, IG5 Clayhall, IG6 Barkingside, IG7 Chingwell, IG8 Woodford Green, IG9 Buckhurst Hill, IG10 Loughton, IG11 Barking

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Tower Hamlets planning and design guide

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For more information see: Tower Hamlets Planning and Building Control Department

Districts:
Aldgate, Bethnal Green, Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, Cubitt Town, Hackney, Limehouse, Mile End, Poplar, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Whitechapel, Millwall

Postcodes:
E1, E14, E2, E3

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Waltham Forest planning and design guide

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For more information see: Waltham Forest residential design guidance (Residential Extensions and Alterations, Supplementary Planning Document, Adopted February 2010)

E10 Leyton, E11 Leytonstone, E15 Maryland, Leyton, Leytonstone, E17 Walthamstow, E20 Leyton, E4 Chingford, E5 Lea Bridge, E7 Forest Gate, IG8 Woodford, N17 Tottenham

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Wandsworth planning and design guide

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For more information see: Wandsworth Local Plan Supplementary Planning Document Housing – Adopted November 2016.

SW8 Nine Elms, SW11 Battersea, Clapham Junction, SW12 Balham, SW15 Putney, Putney Heath, Putney Vale, Roehampton, SW16 Streatham Park, SW17 Furzertown, Tooting, SW18 Earlsfield, Wandsworth, SW19 Putney Vale, Southfields

GOAStudio architects London Borough of Westminster planning and design guide

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For more information see: Westminster planning department

NW1 Marylebone, Regent’s Park, SW1 Belgravia, Pimlico, St James’s, Victoria, Westminster, W1 Hyde Park, Marylebone, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Soho, West End, W2 Bayswater, Hyde Park, Paddington, W9 Maida Hill, Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue, W10 Kensal Town, WC1 Holborn, WC2 Chinatown, Covent Garden, Holborn, Strand

Holland Park Conservation architect designed house extension and renovation in Kensington Chelsea W14 by GOAStudio London architects 09 Existing elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Holland Park conservation architect | Villa house extensions and renovation

Hackney N16 Kitchen extension and house renovation by GOAStudio London architects Kitchen island 400x284 Interior styling

Hackney N16 Kitchen extension

Putney Wandsworth SW15 House extensions full renovation Garden kitchen light 400x284 Interior styling

Putney Wandsworth SW15 House extensions full renovation

Lewisham SE13 Rear kitchen extension Through views 400x284 Interior styling

Lewisham SE13 Rear kitchen extension

Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6 Contemporary architecture 400x284 Interior styling

Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6

Angel Islington N1 Listed House rear extension Garden view 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Listed house rear extension

Architect designed rear house extension Highgate Haringey N6 – Rear elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate, Haringey N6 | Rear house extension

Architect designed residential extension Stoneleigh KT17 – View to the garden 400x284 Interior styling

Stoneleigh KT17 | Extension and alterations to a bungalow

Architect designed roof and kitchen house extension Kingston KT2 Dining area 400x284 Interior styling

Kingston KT2 | Roof and kitchen house extension

High Barnet EN5 Residential extension locally Listed house Living and kitchen 400x284 Interior styling

High Barnet EN5 | Locally Listed house extension

Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Side kitchen extension Breakfast bar area 400x284 Interior styling

Muswell Hill Haringey N10 | Side kitchen extension

Enfield Chase EN2 Rear house extension refurbishment External view 400x284 Interior styling

Enfield Chase EN2 | Rear house extension and refurbishment

Architect designed rear house extension Finchley Central Barnet N3 Fluid use of space 400x284 Interior styling

Finchley Central Barnet N3 | Rear house extension

St James Park Westminster SW1H Penthouse alterations and refurbishment Living area 400x284 Interior styling

St James Park, Westminster SW1H | Penthouse alterations refurbishment

Nunhead Lewisham SE15 House kitchen extension – Rear elevation 2 400x284 Interior styling

Nunhead, Lewisham SE15 | House kitchen extension

Architect designed house extension Grange Park Enfield N21 View outside in 400x284 Interior styling

Grange Park, Enfield N21 | House extension and alterations

Architect designed Putney Wandsworth SW6 kitchen house extension View from the garden 1 400x284 Interior styling

Putney, Wandsworth SW6 | Kitchen house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Herne Hill SE24 Lambeth Kitchen and garden view2 400x284 Interior styling

Herne Hill, Lambeth SE24 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 View to the garden 1200x781 1 400x284 Interior styling

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Chiswick Hounslow W4 – Bathroom design photos copy 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Highbury Islington N5 Ground floor kitchen area 400x284 Interior styling

Highbury, Islington N5 | House extension

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Kitchen refurbishment Canonbury Park North Islington N1

Architect designed Listed House extension Angel Islington EC1 Upper floor internal views 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington EC1 | Listed house extension

Architect designed house extension Maryland Newham E15 View to the garden 400x284 Interior styling

Architect designed house extension Maryland Newham E15

Kings Cross Camden NW1 House extension External view and detail 400x284 Interior styling

King’s Cross, Camden NW1 | House extension

Paddington Westminster W2 Listed Building flat renovation Open plan layout 1 Interior styling

Paddington Westminster W2 | Listed Building flat renovation

Warwick Avenue Westminister W9 Flat extension Kitchen design idea 400x284 Interior styling

Warwick Avenue, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

Golders Green Barnet NW11 House extension Views of rear extension 400x284 Interior styling

Golders Green I, Barnet NW11 | House rear extension

Golders Green Barnet NW11 House extension Architectural design and internal views 400x284 Interior styling

Golders Green II, Barnet NW11 | House extension

Architect designed mansard roof house extension Angel Islington N1 Bathroom design copy 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Mansard roof house extension

Architect designed house extension East Finchley Barnet N2 Inside out 400x284 Interior styling

East Finchley, Barnet N2 | House extension

Architect designed house extension with full refurbishment Lewisham SE13 View of ground floor1 400x284 Interior styling

Lewisham SE13 | House extension and full refurbishment

Kings Cross Islington WC1 – Listed Building rear flat extension – Rear elevation photo copy 400x284 Interior styling

King’s Cross, Islington WC1 | Grade II Listed flat extension

Grove Park Lewisham SE12 House rear extension External copy 400x284 Interior styling

Grove Park, Lewisham SE12 | House extension

Architect designed rear house extension Tufnell Park Camden NW5 3D Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Tufnell Park, Camden NW5 | Rear house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Penge east Bromley SE26 Rear view 1 400x284 Interior styling

Penge East, Bromley SE26 | Rear house extension

Architect designed two storey house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 – Design rear elevation 3D copy 400x284 Interior styling

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | Two storey house extension

Architect designed kitchen extension Honor Oak Park Lewisham SE23 Design section 300x266 Interior styling

Honor Oak Park, Lewisham SE23 | Kitchen extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Pimlico Westminster SW1P West Elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Pimlico, Westminster SW1P | Penthouse extension and alterations

Architect designed Kilburn Brent NW2 kitchen house extension External elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Kilburn, Brent NW2 | Garden flat extension

Southfields Wandsworth SW18 residential development – Architect design section copy 400x284 Interior styling

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Residential development

Architect designed mansard roof extension Finsbury Park Islington N7 Kitchen 400x284 Interior styling

Finsbury Park, Islington N7 | Mansard roof extension

Architect designed rear house extension Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Ground plan 400x284 Interior styling

Muswell Hill, Haringey N10 | Rear house extension

Architect designed house extension Winchmore Hill Enfield N21 Floor plans 400x284 Interior styling

Winchmore Hill, Enfield N21 | House extension development

Highgate Haringey N8 Residential development feasibility study 3D images 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate N8 | Residential development feasibility study

Architect designed penthouse extension Angel Islington N1 Site section and elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Angel, Islington N1 | Penthouse extension

Architect designed flat extension Hammersmith Fulham W12 Design elevations 400x284 Interior styling

Stamford Brook, Hammersmith and Fulham W12 | Flat extension

Barnes Richmond SW14 – Rear house kitchen extension – 3D image copy 400x284 Interior styling

Barnes, Richmond SW14 | Rear house kitchen extension

Shepherds Bush Hammersmith Fulham W14 House extension Design sections and 3D images 1 400x284 Interior styling

Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith Fulham W14 | House extension

Finchley road Camden NW3 Flat extension Internal fitting layouts 1 400x284 Interior styling

Finchley Road, Camden NW3 | Flat extension

Architect designed roof flat extension Chiswick Hounslow W4 Steel frame construction 1 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Roof extension to a flat

Architect designed residential flat conversion Chiswick Hounslow W4 Design section and elevations 1 400x284 Interior styling

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Residential conversion to flats

Architect designed kitchen and roof house extension Arsenal Islington N5 Rear garden photo 1 400x284 Interior styling

Arsenal, Islington N5 | Kitchen and roof house extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Barbican Islington EC1Y West Elevation 1 1 400x284 Interior styling

Barbican, Islington EC1Y | Penthouse extension

Architect designed garden flat extension Tooting Broadway Wandsworth SW17 Site photo 1 400x284 Interior styling

Tooting Broadway, Wandsworth SW17 | Garden flat extension

Architect designed roof extension Shortlands Bromley BR1 Construction photos 400x284 Interior styling

Shortlands, Bromley BR1 | Roof extension

04 Highgate Haringey N8 House extension 3Ds sections and elevations 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate II, Haringey N8 | House extension

Highgate Haringey N8 Residential development feasibility study Sections 400x284 Interior styling

Highgate I, Haringey N6 | Residential property development

1216 Fulham Broadway H Fulham SW6 7UH Flat alterations to a mansard roof Front elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Fulham Broadway SW6 | Flat alterations mansard roof

Architect designed house extension West Hampstead Camden NW6 – 3D visual 400x284 Interior styling

West Hampstead, Camden NW6 | House extension

MAIDA VALE W9 400x284 Interior styling

Maida Vale, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

SOUTHFIELDS SW18 KITCHEN 400x284 Interior styling

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Kitchen house extension

01 St Margarets Richmond TW1 House roof extension Section 1200x795 400x284 Interior styling

St Margarets I, Richmond TW1 | House roof extension

ST MARGARETS RICHMOND TW1 400x284 Interior styling

St Margarets II, Richmond TW1 | House extension

SW16 STREATHAM HILL 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Hill, Lambeth SW16 | House extension

Clapham North Lambeth SW4 House extension Design floor plans 400x284 Interior styling

Clapham North, Lambeth SW4 | House extension

NW5 CHALK FARM 400x284 Interior styling

Chalk Farm, Camden NW5 | Rear flat extension

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Newham, E7 | House extension

Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension Floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension Ground floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension

Kensington Chelsea SW5 Philbeach Conservation area architect services Window replacement and external alterations by GOAStudio London architects 03 Section 400x284 Interior styling

Philbeach Conservation area architects

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 Rear house extension ElevR 400x284 Interior styling

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 | Rear house extension

Leyton Waltham Forest E11 new build housing development PlanG 400x284 Interior styling

Leyton Waltham Forest E11 New build housing development

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment PlanG 400x284 Interior styling

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment

Walthamstow Waltham Forest E17 Rear side house extension Floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Walthamstow, Waltham Forest E17 | Rear side house extension

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 garden flat rear extension refurbishment Section and elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Leytonstone, Waltham Forest E11 | Garden flat rear extension refurbishment

South Woodford IG8 rear house extension Design section 400x284 Interior styling

South Woodford IG8 Rear house extension

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development Ground floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension Loft plan 400x284 Interior styling

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension

Dalston Hackney N16 House side extension Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

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Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension Architect Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension Architect floor plan 400x284 Interior styling

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension Architect Section AA 400x284 Interior styling

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension

Plaistow Newham E13 Rear side house extension architect Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Plaistow Newham E13 House rear side extension

Lambeth SE1 conservation area residential development Front elevation 400x284 Interior styling

Lambeth SE1 Conservation area residential development

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension Section BB 400x284 Interior styling

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension

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We provide architectural services in the following London Boroughs:

Read our design, planning, and architectural guides above if you seek advice for your project.

We can help you with these home extensions and renovations:

See our guides above for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.

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Loft conversion cost planning permission architect guide

Loft conversion cost planning permission architect guide

LOFT CONVERSION

COST, ADDED VALUE, AND PLANNING PERMISSIONS

By GOAStudio London residential architecture

What loft conversion rooms add value?
How much does a loft conversion cost?
Do loft conversions add value?
What is a hip-to-gable loft conversion?
What is a mansard loft conversion?
Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?

In addition to our Roof extensions London architect guide and our Mansard roof extensions London architect guide for residential properties across London, we have been asked to contribute with expert advice on a Homebuilding & Renovating article on loft conversions.

“How much value does a loft conversion add — plus room types that add the most value.” By Sam Webb

Below, we have added some more tips, more insights and advice for your loft conversion home project.

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What basic checks should you make to see whether a loft is suitable for converting?

 

1. Check the current headheight in your loft space.

Rule of thumb: the higher the floor to ceiling height (to the underside of the ridge) the more the useful space you can add to your loft with an extension.

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2. Check if your property has retained its Permitted Development rights.

Rule of thumb: Permitted Development Rights will allow you to fully extend to the sides and to the rear of your roof. However this is to a limit of a 40cubic metres for terraced properties and 50cubic metres for semi-detatched and detached properties. Likewise, Permitted Development Rights also apply for hip-to-gable loft conversions.

This will translate for a much more generous room sizes when compared to the typical allowances under the local authority planning rules. In general flats and properties in a conservation area have no Permitted Development Rights. This is to say that your local authority will approve a roof extension 2/3s of the roof height oand 2/3s of the pitched roof depth.

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3. Is your roof a butterfly (V-shaped roof for a mansard loft conversion)?

Very different rules apply for butterfly roofs. As a matter of fact you might be able to add a full storey to your property by adding a mansard-type roof. Also, this applies to both houses and flats, whether you are in a conservation area or not.

Rule of thumb: Firstly, check the properties on eitherside of your property and on the same side of the street. Secondly, out of a row of 10no. properties, how many of them have had mansard roofs added to them? If the answer is more than 5no. then it is likely that your local authority will accept the addition of a mansard roof extension. If the answer is less than 5no. then obtaining an approval will be tricky.

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4. Can your roof be extended?

Firstly, check with an architect or a building professional about the feasibility of converting your loft. Because not all lofts can be converted unless you lower the ceiling of the floor below. This will add complexity and costs and might make your project unfeasible or uneconomic.

On the whole, what you can achieve will vastly vary depending on your property and on your area. For this reason please speak to a professional architect and to your planners.

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How much value does a loft conversion add?

What factors and type of rooms add the most value?

The value added will depend on the added floor area and where your property is the country.

In addition regional and local factors substantially affect how much value a roof extension adds to your property. For this reason, please have a chat with your local estate agents will be able to offer you expert advice on this.

Generally the added value is around 10-20% if you can create a new bedroom + en-suite area. For the most part this is something that is achievable at most times for typical 2-3bed properties. 

Generally speaking this can be achieved when properties have Permitted Development Rights and a 2.3m min loft headheight.

The loft conversion size

Firstly, always go for the largest roof extension and loft conversion you can get planning approval for. By and large this includes hip-to-gable loft conversions and rear roof extensions.

Secondly, a mansard loft conversion can add a whole floor to your property. However, the law of diminishing returns applies and for that reason once you have added a room or two the additional space will add less value / sqm added.

The relative £/sqm cost of adding this extra space is low. This means that if you commit to the project then it makes sense to maximise the area you can add to your property.

Indeed, once you know what is the maximum you can add then it becomes a question of how best to use this extra space. Also consider which type of rooms will give you the best value and best meet your requirements.

The type of room being added

1. Firstly, for houses with sufficient number and a good mix of bedroom sizes a loft conversion allows the opportunity to create a grand master-bedroom area with an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe areas. Also, if the space allows it even add a seating or kitchenette area. What’s more you can create a top floor “hotel suite” area as a special room for mum and dad.

2. Secondly, for a growing family a larger loft area offers the opportunity to create 2no. bedrooms areas and a separate bathroom.  For example, the separate bathroom that can be accessed either separately off the staircase landing or directly shared from the two bedrooms. Top tip: In this case, avoid arguments about who of the kids’ bedroom is larger: keep the size of the two bedrooms roughly the same.

3. Thirdly, another popular and valuable arrangement is the creation of a larger master-bedroom area while retaining enough space for a separate room in the loft. For example, this separate room can be used as a study or a gym space. Because this second space does not need to be large. Its value is in that it is a separate space that you can use flexibly when you need it.

Whether you lose any space for adding stairwells (ie lose a bedroom to gain a bedroom)

Nonetheless, sometimes you might need to sacrifice some space on the floor below to add the new staircase to the loft space. This is inevitable.

In fact, designing a new staircase is like a three-dimensional puzzle. The new staircase will need to comply with the current Building Regulations. And this means that the staircase should not be too steep or too narrow.

In fact, a good designer will minimise the impact of the new staircase on the floor below and locate the staircase where it allows you to maximise what you can achieve at the loft level.

All things considered, think of it as a Venn diagramme. And the new staircase will need to be exactly in the middle of the two floor plans and exactly at the right place for everything else to work well around it.

In conclusion, you rarely get to lose a bedroom to gain a bedroom. And when you do then the new bedroom tends to be much larger than the one you lost. In the vast majority of cases you will be able to gain a room or two by converting your loft space.

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How much will my loft conversion cost?

What is a ballpark figure for different property types?

As a matter of fact the cost will vary depending on

  1. the size of the extension,
  2. the type of the extension,
  3. the type of the associated structural alterations required,
  4. the type of the internal + external finishes,
  5. the specifications of the glazing and any Juliet balcony features,
  6. the type of the staircase, and
  7. where you are in the country since there are always local and regional variations to the cost of labour and materials.

By and large, you can budget for something like £1,750/sqm added when budgeting for typical loft conversion costs.

For example, this will result to a range of around £40-60K +VAT min for medium sized roof extensions to double pitched roofs. Also, this will result to around £60-90K + VAT min for much larger mansard type roof extensions to butterfly (V-shaped) type roofs.

Indeed, the chances are that the final costs will be higher or lower depending on your requirements. And the final costs will also depend on the type / size of your loft conversion project.

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Loft conversion planning permission – Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?

For one thing, if you do not extend the roof profile and you only use the internal space available to your loft then you will not need planning approval for a loft conversion. However, you might still need Building Regulations, Freeholder and other approvals.

Also, you might still need to obtain planning approval for any rooflights you add to your loft.

In fact, and under specific circumstances, you can extend your roof as part of converting your loft without obtaining planning approval under Permitted Development.

However there are limitations to Permitted Development Rights. For example they apply to house but not to flats. 

In most cases the Permitted Development planning route will give you the largest possible extension to your loft space. This is because you will be able to include a full hip-to-gable loft conversion to the rear roof extension.

In any case and at all times, contact your local planning authority for advice. Also, search for planning policy guidelines to see what your planners are likely to approve for your property. Finally, speak to architects and design professionals for further advice on your home project.

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Top tips:

1. Rooflights – do not miss the chance to introduce top light to the loft room and the staircase, this is an opportunity to create an outdoors feel to your internal spaces.

2. Lower headheight areas – take advantage for extra storage, a kid’s play area, indoor plants under rooflights, or just cosy enough for a double bath.

3. Under eaves areas – take advantage of this extra space and make best use of it with specially designed fitted cupboards, wardrobes and shelving.

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