Renovation Projects that Require Planning Drawings

by | Dec 8, 2022 | Inspiration, Your Home

It’s becoming increasingly common for homeowners to make improvements to their properties rather than move home. Many will build single-storey extensions to enable them to have the open-planned living space they’ve always wanted or convert their loft space into a home office so they can be more productive whilst working from home. There are so many brilliant ways to transform your current house into your dream home. 


Whenever you’re carrying out big home improvement projects that involve building work, it’s highly recommended that you invest in professional planning drawings. Sometimes, these will be required to obtain planning permission or get building regulations approval and other times, they will simply be advantageous to have. 


Here at Arkiplan, we offer homeowners an alternative to using local architects and we can produce online planning drawings at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time. If you’re wondering whether you really need planning drawings, below we have listed some common renovation projects that we would recommend getting drawings for. 


Home extensions 


Whether you’re planning a single-storey side extension or a double-storey rear extension, getting planning drawings will be hugely beneficial. Generally speaking, lots of house extensions fall under ‘permitted development’ and won’t require planning permission. However, it’s always important to double-check whether this is something you need and the right drawings will make it easy to see if your extension is or isn’t permitted development. 


Even if you don’t need planning permission, extension planning drawings can help you to obtain a Lawful Development Certificate and this will be useful in the long run. Not to mention, your drawings can also be used when making a full plans application to your local authority and they can provide peace of mind that you won’t be building anything non-compliant. 


Loft conversions 


Again, you might not necessarily need planning permission to convert your loft space into a habitable room, yet planning drawings will be very helpful during this type of project. Getting loft conversion planning drawings will prevent concerns relating to a breach of planning control and the complicated and costly process associated with remedial action. 


When you have professional planning drawings that can also be used as building regulations drawings, you can easily get building regulations approval before any building work starts. These detailed section drawings will contain all of the building regulations specifications and notes you need to please a Building Control Officer. So, your project won’t be delayed because you’re still waiting for the approval you need. 


Garden rooms 


It isn’t uncommon for people to overlook getting planning drawings when they’re building garden rooms. Typically, if this type of building has a small floor space and isn’t going to be used as accommodation, it will be exempt from building regulations. However, we would still strongly advise that you get some architectural drawings to help you with this project and they will be useful throughout both the planning and construction phases. 


Investing in garden room planning drawings will help to ensure you’re happy with the final build. With the help of detailed drawings, you can make sure that things like the floor plan are perfect before any building work starts and you will have the opportunity to make changes before it’s too late. Your builder can also work from the planning drawings, which can significantly reduce the likelihood of mistakes being made during the construction process. 


Looking for an expert to help you with planning drawings?


Whenever you’re planning a renovation project that involves building work, it’s fair to say that having professional planning drawings will be beneficial. If you have any questions about how our team at Arkiplan can assist you with the existing or proposed plans you have for your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We will be happy to provide you with any additional information you may require about our architectural drawings. 


We can assure you that whether you need planning permission drawings or building regulations drawings, you will be in very capable hands. We invite you to look at some of our previous work to get a feel for the quality of the planning drawings we provide. Every member of our team is committed to making the process of getting architectural drawings as convenient as possible and we pride ourselves on providing a quick, affordable and straightforward service.