Many extensions may be simply specified according to the standard requirements of the Building Regulations, but in most cases the requirements of the site or the occupants demand bespoke designs to meet their needs.
This type of project may be our "bread and butter", but in each case we take great care to attend to the necessary details.
Issues that commonly arise include:-
Foundations – these need to be designed to take into account existing structures, nearby trees, drains, site boundaries and changes in ground conditions.
Party Walls and Boundaries – excavation and construction near to site boundaries come into the scope of the Party Wall Act. Please refer to our section on Party Walls.
Roof Structures – the constraints of the site or maybe aesthetic reasons may require a special roof structure to be designed, especially at the junction with the original building. Rooflights, hips and valleys, vaulted ceilings – all must be considered.
Open Plan Living – large openings or the removal of internal walls reduce the inherent stability of a building, and in many cases extensive hidden structures are needed. Careful thought must be applied at the earliest stages of the project in order to realise the aspirations of the design at an affordable cost.