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Clearly the first, and most important points, in this decision making process will be what the extension or conversion is for, where it will be build and what effect it will have on the appearance and value of the existing property. This will also be a good time to consider any longer term plans, for future extensions for example, so that these can be incorporated into both the current and the long term picture. There are, of course, limits to all developments and home extensions and home extensions/conversions must be approved by the Local Authority before any building work can start.
All home extensions have size limitations imposed upon them by the local authority, as well by the space that is available for them. If you are unsure and find it difficult to decide what you want then, if you live on an estate where there are a number of similarly designed houses, it is likely that a variety of extensions will have already been build. It is unrealistic to assume that you can go looking for, and find, an extension etc which meets all your needs, but it is likely that a combination of certain aspects such as, perhaps, a window in one, a door in another, or the roof style of a third, will help you. At the same time ,you have to bear in mind ,that the cost of the materials used can be an important factor that will be reflected in the estimate. (you can get some information about different types of materials by clicking on the Products link ).
During this decision-making process it is important that you consider the effect, if any, will have on your neighbours( shadow, noise, dust, etc) If Planning Permission is required for the building work, your neighbours will be consulted by the Local Authority. Not all home extensions require planning permission. Under local Permitted Development rules, extensions of a certain volume and in specific position, can be build requiring only Building Regulations approval. The Building Inspector enforces a local authority's rules designed to see that the houses are healthy (sound proof, no leaking drains, etc) and safe (no walls collapsing, no unnecessary fire risks, so that you'll have time to get out of bed before the whole house goes up).