From building a new extension to knocking down a wall through to re-vamping an existing staircase, we highlight the key processes involved that will allow you to understand how you can complete a successful home renovation.
Before structural changes are made to your home it is important to understand if your property is a listed building. Once this information has been understood you will be in a better position to move forward with your renovation in complete confidence.
Find out if your house is listed by contacting the conservation officer at your local district council for Listed Building Consent (LBC). LBC is similar to planning permission although the only difference is that no fees are payable. Listed properties are considered of special architectural or historic interest, therefore, the interior and the exterior of the building will be protected. If you wish to demolish, alter, or extend your building in any way, which affects the character or setting, permission must be granted.
Here is an example of a building based in a conservation area that had a rear extension built to the rear of the building. We worked closely beside the Planning Consultant and the client to prepare the Planning Application before work commenced. If you fail to obtain content the local authority can also serve an enforcement notice in respect of unauthorised works requiring owners to restore the building to its former state. In the worst case scenario, the failure to obtain consent before altering a listed building is altered structurally may result in a fine or imprisonment. These notices can also be enforced to the current occupier for works carried out by previous owners.
The process involved in building this extension at the rear of this three-bedroom house in North-East London, began with a set of drawings, highlighting where the new extension will be positioned in relation to the existing building. We then had to get into the details with the material, complete with accurate measurements. Temporary wooden planks were positioned in place to create the overall structure and skylight.
A gorgeous bespoke steel conservatory was installed and thus providing an important link between home and garden. A fluent look with the exterior with the interior was created by installing a new window in the downstairs toilet. The new conservatory transformed the space into a feature look as it welcomes a nice flow of natural light into the dining room
Wall restoration has the ability to create more storage space for awkward shaped or small rooms. In this example, we restored an existing wall to create new storage space above the door to the downstairs toilet. When making changes to the interior of your home, you must ensure you have the correct professionals in place. A project like this requires an Interior Designer, Architect, Plumber, Electrician, and Builders. We take on the entire project from initial concept, through to supply and installation with skilled professionals to carry out the work with contractors brought in for more specialist jobs.
The flexibility and complete control we have with the quality of the finish of our projects has been the main appeal for the clients who have had complete house refurbishments with us. If you are considering a house refurbishment, we would always advise seeking professional advice. Feel free to contact us here: Amberth for any information you may require.