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Things to Consider Before Building an Extension

extension & renovation of existing 300yr old house outside crossmaglen, county armagh


With the New Year just past, you might be considering building an extension onto your current home.

Extensions can be wonderful additions to houses bringing new light and space, new rooms to explore and help improve energy efficiency. However, before the excitement starts take a step back and consider the project from start to finish.
In our experience building an extension can be just as challenging as any new build but hopefully, we can guide you through some of the finer details.

Why
Before working on any extension project we always ask the party involved why they want to build.
To ensure the best result you need to hone in on exactly why you’re setting out on such a large project. Do you want to increase the value of the property? Or maybe you want to improve energy efficiency or living conditions?
Defining why will always lead to a better end result.

Modern Timber Clad Extension Architects Ballymena

timber clad extension to a semi-detached house – to act as an extension of the house & garden

Goals
This leads us nicely onto deciding on your aesthetic and physical goals for the project.
The most common requests are for the creation of more light and/or space. This could be due to changes in the environment around you (i.e. more buildings) or the growth of your family.
Alternatively, you might be happy with the space on offer but simply require the layout of your house to be reshaped in a way you’re now more comfortable with.
Extensions aren’t usually just about more space, so figure out what your goal is.

Planning Permission
With your goal, firmly set planning permission may be required and if this is the case it should be your first practical port of call when beginning to move forward with your new plans.
Here in Northern Ireland eleven local councils and the Department of Infrastructure handle the responsibility of planning equally. More information can be found at planningni.gov.uk but please be aware of the possible scale of fees involved.

Neighbours
No matter how awkward you think a chat with your neighbours could be, it’s almost always a good idea before you begin any form of extension project.
Common neighbour concerns usually revolve around the existence of a shared wall, the potential loss of natural light or the potential to overshadow their property, specifically their garden. We recommend you keep anyone potentially affected up-to-date with the project to avoid any trouble.

Sustainability
Whether it’s your primary reason for the project or not, building an extension is a great opportunity to improve the sustainability and energy performance of your home. Depending on the current performance of your property, this can be improved with the help of experienced builders and architects through the implementation of properly insulated walls, double glazed windows and in some cases solar panels.

Architect Involvement
Not everyone plans to use an architect when undertaking an extension project and in many cases, this is perfectly acceptable. However, if you’re inexperienced, don’t have a trusted working relationship with your builder, or require planning permission, we would highly recommend getting in touch with us.  Not only we handle and advise on everything already mentioned, we will also view the project in a holistic manner from start to finish and be able to recommend on both big and small details.

Duration / Time Scale
Finally, extensions are serious projects and this is generally reflected in the duration or time frame involved.
Coming from Northern Ireland, or realistically anywhere in the UK or Ireland, weather should obviously play an important factor in your thinking and ideally, you should plan around the seasons. Take advantage of the darker, wetter seasons to design and plan before scheduling building to commence when spring and summer arrive.

 

As with everything we’re more than happy to answer questions, offer advice and steer you in the right direction so don’t be afraid to get in touch even if you’re not sure where to start.

 

Holywood renovation & extension

Great day out surveying in ‪Holywood ………….‬ ‪County Down‬ !!!
Hollywood California would of been of been great,  but on a day like today it’s hard to beat Northern Ireland

The existing farm from the 50’s needing extended & renovating, a warmer house that is more efficient to run along with a more modern look including an orangery to the kitchen area.

 

holywood renovation modern architects

 

holywood renovation modern architects

barn extension in ballyclare

Planning approval for barn extension outside Ballyclare

Slemish Design Studio Architects, have gained planning approval for a sympathetic extension, to a barn outside Ballyclare.
The 2 bed barn conversion, will be extended to provide 3 extra bedrooms & with living accommodation to the first floor.
providing a balcony off the new living room which will give south-westerly views over Ballymena/Glenwherry area for maximum use in the evening.

Materials such as smooth render, western cedar & slate, helps give this barn extension a modern feel, yet respecting the existing barn.
looking forward to seeing this going on site.

barn extension ballyclare architects

should you have a project you’d like us to look at, feel free to get in contact via our website/email or social media

Planning Approval Cullybackey Ballymena for new extension

slemish design studio have been granted approval from planning for an extension & renovation to a dated property outside Cullybackey in Ballymena

Planning Approval Cullybackey Ballymena Extension architects

 

Should you have a project you’d like us to look at, don’t hesitate to give us a call – or pop into our office at Raceview Mill Broughshane

ballycastle extension project for slemish design studio

Architects Slemish Design Studio have been appointed to design a modern glazed extension to a traditional bungalow in Ballycastle, County Antrim.

ballycastle extension architects modern design
ballycastle extension architects modern design

 

SHOULD YOU HAVE A PROJECT YOU’D LIKE US TO LOOK AT, DON’T HESITATE TO GIVE US A CALL – OR POP INTO OUR OFFICE AT RACEVIEW MILL BROUGHSHANE

new modern renovation project Ballymena

Slemish Design Studio Architects have been appointed to design a modern renovation and extension to a traditional farmhouse outside Cullybackey, Ballymena.
With great views to the north of the glens & views from the south as far a belfast, this will make the design appealing to both ourselves & clients.

modern renovation Cullybackey Renovation Ballymena architects

modern renovation Cullybackey Renovation Ballymena architects

 

Should you have a project you’d like us to look at, don’t hesitate to give us a call – or pop into our office at Raceview Mill Broughshane

new project in newtownabbey for architects slemish design studio

Slemish Design Studio have been appointed as architects for an extension to a traditional bungalow in Newtownabbey.
the clients wish to make the house more modern & take advantages of the views over Belfast Lough & Holywood.

We hope to start on site this summer!!

architects newtownabbey extension

architects newtownabbey extension

Friday at last :)

Surveys completed this week in Kells and Magherafelt.
Ones a complete renovation and extension & the others a new build.

craigstown rd, randalstown update

Extension and Renovation – Randalstown

Updated images on our extension and renovation in Craigstown road, Randalstown.
All blockwork is nearing completion with the joiner ready to start with the roofs next.
Fantastic views from the master bedroom balcony…but we’ll take more pictures of when it’s a better day 🙂

check out our Facebook page for more information on this project and others!!

craigstown rd randalstown

Planning approval for extension and renovations in Toome, Co Londonderry

We’ve just received planning approval for our clients project in Toome, County Londonderry.
The project consists of an extension to the side of an existing house which includes two bedrooms, bathrooms and sunroom/living room to the rear, along with a large detached double garage with storage area upstairs.
This application was also applied for and approved within 6 weeks!!!

renovation and extension in ballymote, county sligo

Rear elevation of our project in Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland
We’ve a few changes to make to our plans after our site meeting…..but!!! We’ll have more information on it next week, so stay tuned as its really going look the part.

ballymote, sligo, ireland