Architectural Considerations When Building an Extension

finished extension with help of architect

When considering an extension to your home, there are a number of architectural considerations you need to think about. These include legal requirements as well factors that will influence your future comfort and how much you enjoy your completed home improvement project.

In this blog post, we take a look at some of the key considerations you need to think about when extending your home. These include:

  • Whether it fits in with the local area
  • Local authority requirements, planning permission and Building Regulations
  • Whether it complements your original house
  • Structural integrity considerations
  • How much light you will need
  • How the new extension will be used

Does it fit in with the local area?

When planning to build an extension, it is important to consider the style of your local area. This will ensure that your extension complements existing properties and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

For example, if you live in a Victorian semi- or terraced house, perhaps a brick-built extension would be the most appropriate choice. However, if you live in a more modern area, then a glass-fronted extension might be a better option.

Another key consideration is the size of your extension relative to the size of your plot and surrounding properties.

If you live on a small plot of land, building a larger extension could significantly reduce your outdoor space and impact your neighbours’ privacy. Conversely, if you have a large plot of land, building a small single storey extension may not make efficient use of the available space.

By taking all of these local considerations into account, you can be sure that your extension will be both practical and in keeping with your surroundings.

Local planning authority considerations

It is also important to research the Building Regulations and planning permission requirements that apply in your municipality. These will dictate the maximum size and height of your extension amongst other things.

You may need to take into account any covenant restrictions that may be in place too. For example, if you live in a conservation area, you may be required to use specific traditional materials such as brick or stone.

MSK Design can advise with regard to Building Regulations and other local authority requirements, as well as planning permission and permitted development rules. We can also advise on whether the Party Wall Act will require you to give notice to your neighbours prior to building work commencing.

Is it in keeping with the existing property?

extension being built

Another one of the first things to think about is whether the new extension will be in keeping with the style of the existing building.

If you live in a period home, for example, it may not be appropriate to build a contemporary-style extension.

In addition to this, if you need planning permission for your extension, it is likely that the local planning authority will take into account the style of your existing house when deciding whether to give planning consent.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to ensure that your extension blends in with your original house.

One option is to use similar materials to those used in the original construction. Another option is to replicate the architectural features of the existing property, such as bay windows or brickwork detailing.

If you are unsure about how to make your extension fit in with the existing house, MSK Design would be happy to discuss this with you and come up with extension plans and ideas.

Will you need to improve the structural integrity?

Another key consideration when building an extension is the structural integrity of the original building.

If you are planning on building a large extension, for example, it may be necessary to put in place additional support walls to ensure that the structure of your home can cope with the additional weight.

If you need the input of a structural engineer in this regard, this is also something that we at MSK Design are able to advise you on.

How much light do you need?

When planning a home extension, it is important to consider the amount of natural light that the new room(s) will receive. This is especially important for rooms that will be used for activities that require good lighting.

Windows and doors are the best way to let natural light into a room, so be sure to include them in the design of the extension.

In addition, it is also important to think about how the extension will affect the light levels in the rest of the house. It is worth bearing in mind the orientation of your extension, as this can have an impact on both the amount of natural light it receives and the level of privacy it offers. If the extension will block out a lot of sunlight, you could consider adding skylights or other forms of artificial lighting to brighten up the space.

Light fixtures should also be chosen carefully in order to ensure that the new space is well-lit without being too bright.

By taking light into account from the start, you can create a home extension that is both functional and visually appealing as well as comfortable and inviting.

How will the new room(s) be used?

When planning a home extension project, it is important to consider not just the physical space but also how the new space will be used.

For example, if you are planning to use the extension as a kitchen, you will need to ensure that there is enough space for all of the necessary appliances.

The same is true for other rooms; if you are planning to use the extension as a bedroom, you will need to make sure that there is enough space for a bed and other furniture.

By taking the time to think about how you want to use the new space, you can ensure that your extension is both functional and stylish.

Getting advice for extension projects

These are just a few of the key things you need to think about when extending your home. If you take the time to consider all of these factors, you can be sure that your new extension will be both structurally sound and in-keeping with the style of your existing property.

At MSK Design, we pride ourselves on our ability to create spaces that people want to be in. When it comes to home extensions, we believe that good design should enhance the lives of those who use it.

We take a proactive approach to design and construction, working closely with our clients to ensure that they have the key information they need and that their extension plans are fully realised. We offer a full range of architectural services and project management, from initial feasibility studies through to completion of your home improvement project.

Our team of architects and designers have a wealth of experience in creating beautiful and functional spaces. If you have any questions about a proposed extension, or if you would like to discuss your plans with an expert, please get in touch with our team today. We would be more than happy to help you turn your dream extension into a reality.

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