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Building Regulations Updates 1st October 2023 (Building Safety Act 2022)

October 1st 2023 changes to Buildings Regulations

The Building Safety Act 2022 has brought changes in the Building Regulations, with Applications to Building Control now requiring inclusion of some additional information. There are also changes to the definition of commencement of works and additional information is now required before a completion certificate can be released.

This is to ensure that at each stage in a building project, dutyholders are identified, and roles, responsibilities & expectations are clear.

How you can use the equity in your home to fund your project

When it comes to extending or renovating your home, many believe the only way to achieve their project is through the long slog of saving. However, while saving money can never be a bad thing, there are other ways to get your money working harder without the need to wait years and years for results.

As financial services change, there are now a number of options available to homeowners looking to improve their property. To find out what avenues are open to your home, we caught up with Andy Smith of Next Step Mortgages (07958 643792) to get the lowdown...

Building Regulations For Extension (June 2022)

What are the Key Building Regulations for Extensions?

Although not an exhaustive list, these are the main areas of building regulations for extensions you'll need to comply with all of the following

How to really calculate plot value

How to really calculate plot value

Figuring out how much a building plot is really worth is tricky, and anyone buying land to build on will worry that they’re paying too much.

Medway Call for Sites

Get in touch ASAP to submit your site before 28th Feb 2023

The Government expects Medway Council to carry out a comprehensive review of land that maybe available for development, this is to help Medway's growth needs over the coming years  (up to 2040)

An Application will need to be submitted by Tuesday 28 February 2023 at 11:59pm.

What is the Party Wall Act?

If you’re planning building work that will affect a shared wall between you and your neighbours, then you’ll need to be clued up on the Party Wall Act

Do you want to use 2022 as a year to unlock your home’s potential

Do you want to use 2022 as a year to unlock your home’s potential. If so, you’ve come to the right place!

It’s easy to get into a rut with your home. To accept it’s flaws, the inconveniences, and to shrug them away as something you’re stuck with.

In 2022, we want to challenge this way of thinking and get more homeowners geared up to take control.

If you’re looking to breath new life into your home, consider these option

  1. Extend your home
  2. Build an Outbuilding
  3. Remodel your layout to create an open plan space
  4. Build you dream home from scratch
  5. Move - You can add value to your current property by obtaining Planning permision for an Extension before you move.

Want to know what’s possible with your home in 2022? Book a consultation now and we will provide a step-by-step plan to make your house a home - what better way to kick start a new decade?

Loft Conversion: Some Tips to Extending Up

Think a loft conversion could provide the extra space you need in your home? This handy guide will explain everything from rules and regulations to costs, insulation, heating and glazing options

Major update to the Building Regulations (June 2022)

New homes will have to produce around 30% less carbon emissions from 2022, as part of a major update to the Building Regulations

The significant update provides an uplift to existing energy efficiency standards for homes, and marks a stepping stone towards the introduction of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

The new Building Regulations comprise five new Approved Documents, including uplifts to Part L (fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation), which will come into effect from 15 June 2022, and will have a marked impact on new homes and existing homes.

Why Natural Light is Important for Your Home Extension

Extending your home is a great way to add value and improve the flow of your home, but it’s important that this new space doesn’t leave your existing home in the dark

What are the rules on house extensions?

We won’t lie to you, there are quite a few rules when it comes to building an extension, but this doesn’t have to put you off. Like any game, once you know the rules, you’re more likely to win yourself that extension you’ve been dreaming of.

How much does it cost to get planning permission for an extension?

If you’re about to apply for planning permission, or are wondering how fees have changed over the years, worry not!

We are here to give you the lowdown on all the costs associated with the planning stage of your project.

Explained: full planning, lawful development, and prior approval

Whether you’re extending or converting, there’s one word that hangs heavy over any residential project: planning.

If you’ve never navigated UK planning policies before, the prospect can be daunting. What approval do you need? What can you accomplish without it? If these questions have you scratching your head (especially in light of the 2020 planning changes), don’t worry, we can help!

GRAPHISOFT ships award-winning ARCHICAD 23

GRAPHISOFT ships award-winning ARCHICAD 23

GRAPHISOFT announced today that ARCHICAD 23’s global rollout process has begun. The latest version of award-winning ARCHICAD vastly improves perceived performance of essential processes such as software startup, file opening, working in multi-project environments and switching between different views of the BIM project. The brand-new Opening, Column and Beam tools increase modeling accuracy and interoperability with engineering disciplines.

Permitted Development: Two-Storey Extensions on Homes to be Fast-Tracked From September

Permitted Development rights will be extended to enable homeowners to add up to two additional storeys to their home through a fast-track approval process, the government has confirmed.

The new rules will come into effect by September 2020 to help homeowners gain more living space - with a requirement to carefully consider the appearance of the extension and how this could impact neighbours.

Building an Extension: A Beginner’s Guide from homebuilding.co.uk

If you’re planning on building an extension read our beginner’s guide on costs, planning permission and more before you start your build

9 Extension Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re planning on extending your home (especially as a first-timer), then make sure you avoid these common mistakes for your best chance at project success.

When taking on a home improvement project like adding an extension, mistakes cost money, cause hassle and can leave you feeling dissatisfied with the end result.

Making sure you are aware of the common errors that can derail your project will help you give them a wide berth so you can get the best result possible.

Changes to Permitted Development Rights in May 2019

One of the key changes in the May 2019 regulations is that the new order makes it clear that the regulations make permanent the right to build larger rear single-storey extensions under Class A.

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