Extension of an existing house is the easiest way to gain additional living space. However, this is not a cheap and problem-free undertaking. Before starting the extension and property renovation in London, it is necessary to complete a series of required formalities and check the condition of the existing building. Here are some tips on what to pay attention to.
House extension in accordance with applicable law
Enlarging the house horizontally or vertically must be carried out in accordance with the law, otherwise, it will be considered a construction lawlessness. In order for that not to happen, one should check in the relevant commune office whether our plot is included in a land development plan. If so, then the local plan includes fixed parameters and building development indexes, including those regarding the dimensions and location of the objects. If, however, there is no such plan for our plot, it is necessary for the office to submit a motion for a decision on development conditions. Only when the extension of the house is in accordance with the building conditions or land development plan, you can ask the architect to create a project.
Distance from your neighbour
Keeping the proper distance from the extended house from the border with the neighbour is one of the most sensitive points of a good neighbourly relationship. In order for your relationship with your neighbour to be at least correct, it is worth learning the provisions regarding the distance contained in the regulations of technical conditions. In the case of a building wall without windows and doors, its distance from the border of an adjacent plot should not be less than 3 meters. If it is a wall with windows and doors then the minimum distance from the neighbour's plot shouldn’t be less than 4 meters. The same spacing should be maintained if we will be installing windows in the roof slope.
Construction status and technical expertise
The extension of an existing house must be preceded by an expert opinion prepared by a person with building permits. It should include both the assessment of the condition of the building and the characteristics of damages along with the reasons for their occurrence and the way they are repaired. It is worth bearing in mind that the building that we plan on extending, should be in good technical condition. Attention should be paid to the condition of foundations and insulation. We should also check the condition of load-bearing walls, ceilings, roof trusses. If the technical condition of the house is good enough for the extension to happen and if all the formalities resulting from the building conditions or the local plan have been completed, renovation and construction works can now start.
Finding the right construction company in London
When we have all the plans and permits that we need to start the house extension, it’s now a good time to start looking for a good construction company in London. There are many high-end residential contractors in London who will do the work flawlessly, but finding them is not so easy. We should remember that the end result, that is – our house – will depend on the quality of work done by the contractors. It's always a good idea to ask your London architect to recommend a construction team that will be perfect for you. We should also always remember to sign a proper contract with the construction company that we hire to extend our house. This way we can avoid costly mistakes and we are protected in case any problems occur. The best solution possible is hiring a good London architect who will supervise the construction works and pick at every little noticeable and unnoticeable mistake.