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Where can I build an extension?

Updated: Jan 31


Your location may determine the type of materials and style of the extension. If you are in a conservation area or the property is a listed building then there may be restrictions on what can be built. Whether your property is detached, semi detached, part of a terrace or a flat will impact what may be possible.


Whether you you want a side or rear extension will depend on the reason for the extension and the amount of space around the building. We take all of this into consideration when we are providing design options and we also provide budget costs to ensure we can stay within your specified budget. A ground floor extension may offer you the opportunity to extend the social space and create an open plan kitchen, dining and living room. 


Extending at the front of the house will require careful assessment.  We need to consider what impact it has on the front elevation which will also be a concern for the planning department as is visible from the road. Extending to the side can sometimes be a good way of utilising redundant space. Many people want to create more practical space for pets and family life such as a utility or mud room.


It is important to think about the potential impact to any neighbouring properties and be careful not to affect their privacy or right to light. If the proposed extension is on a boundary you may need to serve a party wall notice.  KWA can advise you on whether this will be necessary and how it can be done.

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