Things to know about building an extension

Rear or side home extension

Do I need planning permission?

Rear extensions tend to have the least amount of red tape associated with them and in most cases, you should be able to build a single storey extension of up to four metres for a detached house, or three metres for all other types of house, without the need for planning permission or prior approval. However, Herko advise to check this on your local Council’s website. We also offer the planning service, where our team will be able to do the planning stages for you.

Do you have to notify Neighbours permission for extension?

The technical term for this is called serving notice. In short if you want to make your home bigger and are attached to (or are in close proximity to – 3meters) another property, you will most likely need to notify the neighbour(s) about your extension. If you have a good relationship with your neighbours you can write an agreement yourself, in the case where you would like to be insured from your neighbours about any wrongful claims, we Herko would advise you to have a party wall surveyor.

Can you live in a house during your extension build?

It is possible to live on site throughout a house extension, but aside from all the dust and mess, Herko highly recommends to leave the property for at least two weeks during the first phase, if this is something possible for you to do. Otherwise, we recommend to have a temporary kitchen, which we offer to construct for you and advise you to spend most of the time upstairs, so that you avoid all the dust and minimise the noise.

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