Permitted development rights extended

The extension of permitted development rights to allow homeowners to extend their properties without a full planning application – as well as high street conversions to offices and homes – has come into permanent effect.

The regulations, which were laid before Parliament earlier this month, do not include the right to allow upward extensions.

Under the rules, homeowners can put a single-storey rear extension on their property of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes – or eight metres for detached homes.

You should however note, that if you do wish to extend this far, you will still need to apply for a neighbour consultation and consideration to neighbours will still apply.

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Marching on

Planning is in for the extension & refurbishment of the house in Shiplake, so now its a waiting game.  The new plot which included planning for two new houses in the rear is soon to expire, so the race is on to start before the expiry date.  However before work can begin, the technical plans need producing, root protection fencing and trackway need installing, the site cleared and a new boundary wall with the neighbours needs to be built.

20190312_114039The Site in Shiplake

Back in March I report a 3 week lead on the Chalfont St Peter project and of course that cursed it.  Bricks became impossible to get and so, we are now 3 weeks behind!  Luckily they are now on site and progress is once again moving on.  Internally, we still ahead, but until the brickwork gets a little further on, we are having to pause there too.  Frustrating!


Kicking off 2019

What a start to the year,  January has definitely been a challenge!!

The Chalfont St Peter project is going very well and we are currently 3 weeks ahead of schedule.  Of course now I’ve said it….

Brickwork is on the go slow due to the cold snap, but that is the beauty of timber frame.  Windows are in one of the houses, with the other following next week, and internally we are first fixed and boarded on the first floors.  A great achievement.

Shinfield seems to be the opposite.  From the initial project plan, we should be wrapping the project up now, but all the drainage and underpinning issues set us behind from the start.  Now a last minute change of window supplier by the client before Christmas, has left the rear of the building open to the elements. With the freezing conditions, progress is slowing!


On the flip side, the front is looking great, with some beautiful detail around the front door of which I must get a photo to share.  I’m looking forward to seeing those windows and pushing on to finish!

A new project is in the pipeline with the refurbishment and extension of 380 sq/m house in Shiplake followed by two new build houses, then a new block of flats.  Design for the existing house is currently underway with a mix of traditional and contemporary elements but all in,  this will be a 3 year design and management project!  Always good to have in the pipeline.

In other news, I am now working towards attaining Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) status and have become a Parent Governor for my local Primary School.

Nothing like making life easy for yourself!!



Arborfield Rd

So I’m back in Arborfied Road for the 4th time.  Planning and Building Control approvals have been got and work on site is finally coming out of the ground.

To date, construction wise, this has been one of the hardest and slowest builds to get out of the ground.  Firstly the shared drain ran directly through the corner of the proposed foundations, so had to be moved but kept live each night.  Next the existing soil pipe was cracked, so had to be replaced section by section to again keep it live every night, only to find it dropping to over a metre in depth and surrounded in concrete.  Next up, the water main had been replaced at some point in the past and was now running the entire length directly where we wanted to run our new foundations, so had to be cut and moved temporarily.

Once we got over those hurdles, we reduced the levels to ready the ground floor slab only to find the existing house had zero foundations and so had to be underpinned!

The shame of all this is the time, effort and cost invested in the project to date will all be buried in the ground and never seen again.

Of course all of this has lead to delays on site, but the brick layers got the wall up quickly so lets see if we can get the roof closed in before Christmas!


Retro fitting UFH

Until recently, I considered the only was to retrofit UFH to an existing concrete floor wasjk-inground-ufh-02 to use a microbore system laid in polystyrene tray.  Not so, JK floorheating have come up with an innovative idea which cuts groves into your existing concrete floor to the layout designed by the UFH supplier.

This means no more worrying about increased floor heights.

See for more details.


Chalfont project update

Landmark day today as both timber frames are signed off and handed over to the roofers.  Plot 1 is already felt and battened, with Plot 2 to follow next week.  Roof tiles have been delivered, so we’re looking good to be sealed from above before Christmas.


Meanwhile, the insides will have service voids battened out and the ducting for the MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) installed.  Windows are in manufacturing and set for installation in Jan alongside the plumbing and electrical first fix.

Exciting times!


Reconfiguration & Extension

I’ve just been sent a few images and received a glowing review on Google for a project I worked on last year in Lower Earley.  The project involved a full ground floor reconfiguration including the addition of a single storey extension.


Originally a kitchen diner was positioned in the front of the house with the lounge to the rear.   With a growing family, a separate snug, study area and downstairs cloakroom was required and the couple also wanted a new kitchen diner overlooking their garden.  To replace the light lost from the extension, the original lounge was given a new window to the side.

I was involved in the design and planning aspect for this project, then the client sourced contractors and managed themselves and are very happy with the results.


Chalfont St Peter New Builds

Ground has been well and truly broken on our new site in Chalfont St Peter.

Plot 1 foundations are now cast with the footings ready to start.  Plot 2 has been delayed a little to give the fencers time to clear the boundary and construct the new acoustic fence.

Chalfont St Peter is a lovely village, although with a population of over 12,000 its one of the largest villages in the country.  Voted the best kept village in Buckinghamshire, the pressure is on to provide two new houses worthy of their surroundings!