House Extensions in Maidstone | Advice for Home Additions & Loft Conversions

We understand the often-overwhelming nature of managing home development projects such as loft conversions and house extensions. However, our building contractors have extensive experience with end-to-end project management in the Maidstone area, including all types of renovation work. This covers everything from small attic conversions and garage conversions to large-scale new builds.


For your peace of mind, our professional team is on hand to give all the help and guidance you need relating to planning permission and the current UK Building Regulations.


Planning Loft Conversions and House Extensions


To prevent delays or refusals for loft conversions, home extensions and garage conversions, our building contractors assist in submitting applications with accurate architectural plans. From attic conversions to new builds, we have proven skill in creating detailed drawings that highlight structural locations, dimensions, insulation and construction materials.


Processing a planning permit can take up to 8 weeks, so it’s important to apply as soon as you have chosen your final design.


UK Building Regulations


You don’t always need planning permission for loft conversions, house extensions or garage conversions. Applications depend on the size of the structure and its location on your Maidstone property. To ensure compliancy with the UK Building Regulations in the relevant cases, we must submit applications to the local authorities.


Building contractors discuss numerous restrictions pertaining to attic conversions and house extensions before work commences, including:


  1. Loft conversions at terraced properties cannot exceed 40 cubic metres. Attic conversions at detached or semi-detached houses cannot measure more than 50 cubic metres. This applies to house extensions and extensive garage conversions at your Maidstone property.
  2. Attic conversions and home extensions must not have a height in excess of your current roof’s apex. They also must not extend further than the existing roof plane.
  3. Side-facing house extensions require frosted glass or obscured windows to maintain privacy for neighbouring properties.
  4. Building contractors require authorisation before adding raised platforms, balconies or verandas to the exterior of loft conversions and home extensions.
  5. Any windows for dormer, hip-to-gable or VELUX attic conversions must be able to open at a minimum height of 1.7 metres above the floor.
  6. Construction materials used by building contractors must resemble the rest of your Maidstone home, such as the colour of roofline components.


Advice for New Builds

As with our loft and garage conversions and house extensions, our company meets all necessary requirements for new build projects. New builds intended for vacant plots of land, be it in Maidstone or any other location, require a Detailed Planning Permission (DPP) application. You can check for restrictions prior to purchase or include limitations as a contractual clause. Brownfield areas are likely to receive approval; however, greenfield areas need sanctioning by Kent council officials.


New builds, such as summer houses or garden structures on the grounds of your Maidstone property, need approval depending on their height and proximity to neighbouring buildings. Our building contractors help homeowners to liaise with the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to resolve any issues.


Call 01622 729 039 for more advice about loft or attic conversions and house extensions in Maidstone and the surrounding areas.

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