There are so many advantages to extending your home and whether you’re running out of space or you simply would like a new kitchen, for example, an extension is a brilliant option to consider. Both side extensions and rear extensions are popular amongst homeowners, and they can provide you with lots of additional floor space to play around with.
Planning a house extension is incredibly exciting, but there are lots of important things to consider to prevent any problems during the building process and beyond. For this reason, we would always recommend that you get your extension plans drawn up by an expert, like our team at Arkiplan, and professional drawings can be incredibly useful.
Whether you’re planning a single-storey extension or a double-storey extension, below are five reasons why you should ensure you get drawing plans from an expert.
Get Planning Permission, if Required
Not all extensions fall under the umbrella of ‘permitted development’ and you may require planning permission from your local council to extend your home in the way you want to. Whenever you’re applying for planning permission, planning drawings are essential.
Although it is possible to DIY these architectural drawings, it’s not advisable and doing so can result in your planning permission drawings getting rejected and delaying the whole project. Getting your extension plans drawn up by an expert will make the planning permission application process much more straightforward, and give you one less thing to worry about.
Obtain Building Regulations Approval
Even if your home extension doesn’t require planning permission, you can almost guarantee that it will require building regulations approval. There are a couple of ways to get this approval, yet we would advise you to complete a full plans application. This is slightly more complicated than submitting a building notice, but it is very beneficial in the long run.
With this type of application, building regulations drawings will be pre-checked by a Building Control Officer before you start work on your extension. Getting building regulations approval in advance of building your house extension can prevent any compliance issues in the future. You can complete your project in confidence knowing you won’t have to make any costly corrections.
Provide your Builder with Clear Plans
Regardless of how experienced your builder may be or how many extensions they’ve built in the past, there is a high chance that something will go wrong if they don’t have detailed plans to follow during the build process. Getting your extension plans drawn up by an experienced architectural designer will provide your builder with detailed drawings to work from.
Not only will clear plans help to reduce the risk of mistakes being made during your home renovation, but they will also enable you to budget for your extension. A builder will be able to provide you with a much more accurate quote for the work when they have detailed drawings and this can help to prevent unexpected expenses during the project.
Ensure your Extension Meets your Needs
As mentioned above, there are lots of important things to consider when you’re extending your home. This is a huge project to undertake and it’s key to ensure that you’re making the right design decisions before any building work starts.
Extension plans aren’t just for the professionals who will be working on your project, they’re for you too. These drawing plans will help you to make sure that every aspect of your next home extension is perfect for you and your family, and that you will be delighted with the final build. When you’re provided with drawings, you have the chance to make changes before it’s too late.
Get your Extension Plans Drawn up Today
Ultimately, you should always get your extension plans drawn up by an expert and this is something you will thank yourself for doing at every stage of your home improvement project. If you’re looking for someone who can assist you with home extension plans, be sure to get in touch with us at Arkiplan. We prevent the need for a traditional architect and our planning and building regulations experts can provide you with the drawing plans you need.
Not only can we save you thousands of pounds, but with a 14-day standard turnaround, you won’t have to wait long for your extension plans to be drawn up. Our highly specialised designers can provide you with the architectural plans you need and we invite you to browse our website today to find out more about how we can help.