Cheap extension idea #11: Build an extension under permitted development rights
An extension under permitted development can be cheaper than one achieved with planning permission because of the absence of fees. This extension built under permitted development transformed the awkward ground floor layout of the home Louise and Dave Brown share with their two boys. ?Our house had a weird L-shaped half open-plan design,? says Louise. ?You?d come in the front door and there was only one way to access the rest of the ground floor through the living and dining room. It was like a corridor. The house had a conservatory at the back ? a lean-to design that was about 40 years old. In summer it was way too hot and in winter it was freezing.’
‘Once we?d made the decision to improve, we wanted to do the work as quickly as possible, which permitted development allowed. I think we did the right thing. My neighbours had done a massive extension and it took about nine months alone to get planning permission for the project.’
‘Using permitted development didn?t constrain us. We?d already decided we were happy with the square footage of the house ? it was just that the space wasn?t used effectively. When the boys were growing up, we were always in one small area of the living room, so we wanted a family room.’
The project, by Plus Rooms, cost ?49,070 for design and build.
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