Extensions, conservatories and exterior walls

For many people, one of the joys of having their own home is the freedom to adapt their living space to their own needs and lifestyle. In this guide we’ll cover what you need to know about the exterior of your home and adding to it.

Exterior walls

If you notice white staining on your exterior walls soon after you move in, don’t worry. This is efflorescence and is perfectly normal, resulting from natural salts leaching out of the bricks. There’s no need to clean the brickwork – the marks will fade with time and attempting to wash them off may actually make the appearance worse.

Conservatories and extensions

If you want to make structural changes to your home, first check your restrictive covenants. Then:

  • Check local planning laws and find out what you can and cannot do with your home. You should find this information on the website of your local council.
  • In addition to any planning permissions and other legal requirements, we’ll also need to give approval for the change.
  • Full details of the proposed change should be issued to our local divisional office, which will advise you further. A consent fee will be applicable to each application.

Typical changes that would require permission include:

  • adding a conservatory to your home
  • extending your home
  • adding dormer windows into the loft space
  • fitting solar panels on the roof.

Property drawings

We regret that we are unable to provide any plans or working drawings for the construction of your property.

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