Making Structural Changes to your Property

Buying a property is an important decision and one that should be taken seriously. While many people opt for new builds that come with planning permission and can easily be extended at a later date, others are attracted to the charm and elegance of a listed building – a structure of architectural and historic interest that appears on a special register for protected sites.

While investing and living in a property of such significant importance can be wonderfully exhilarating, there are several things you need to know before attempting to make any kind of structural changes such as adding a glass extension.

You must apply for listed building consent

Glass kitchen extensions and other elaborate ideas can look wonderfully elegant, creating additional space and a modern twist to any property. If you want to alter or extend a listed building in a way that will affect its character or appearance, however, you must apply for listed building consent from your local planning authority. A Conservation Officer – among other members from the planning authority – will then make a thorough assessment to see if your renovations can go ahead.

You must obtain planning permission

There are no fixed rules when it comes to gaining planning permission. Indeed, each property should be assessed on an individual basis, especially as listed buildings are so unique. The government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) does state, however, that local planning authorities should identify and assess the significance of the heritage building in question and decide whether or not features which make the building special will be affected by the proposed changes.

With this in mind, try to come up with glass extension ideas that preserve and enhance the special features of your property rather than destroy or hide them. Planning proposals which embrace the character and charm of a listed building are theoretically more likely to get the green light than those who look to completely eradicate all unique elements. What’s more, as the local authority will also consider the environmental and historical impact of your property, perhaps seek the advice of an architect in advance to see how you can extend or change the property in the least intrusive way.

You must keep in mind the materials you’re allowed to use

When it comes to glass extensions on houses and other listed properties, getting the thumbs up is a good start. Once you’ve passed that step, you’ll probably be provided with a list of supplementary documents which state exactly the type of materials you’re allowed to use during the building work. While this might be rather frustrating, you must stick to the rules to avoid upsetting the locals and breaking any laws.

Experienced Architects

If you are looking for an experienced home design company to help you plan an innovative extension, Bluelime has the skill and experience needed to renovate and remodel your property. With everything from stunning bathroom ideas to living room redesigns, your our architects service areas including Dartford, Bromley and Bexley

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