Home Extensions Suffolk
If you require a more spacious home with a desired goal in mind, we are here to offer guidance and support throughout your extension journey.
Period Building Restoration
We honour architecture, history & craft. It is important that we make every effort to preserve and restore the unbelievable craftsmanship of our past! B A Boyle has had the pleasure of fully restoring many period style properties back to their former glory, complemented with a few modern twists.
House Renovation Ipswich & Beyond
Whether you are looking to refurb a room or need to completely renovate your home we can provide the service you need. Utilising our experience as a leading property renovation company means we can design, build, and manage the entire process to help you create a better version of your home. We work collaboratively with both estate agents and clients looking to sell or rent a property. Also, we work with insurance companies to restore properties after flood or fire damage.
Loft Conversions & More
Got the space but no room? A conversion style construction project can make a huge difference to your home. We can provide you with a completely unrivalled service starting from a feasibility survey & design right through to project completion.
Can you live in a house during a loft conversion?
Modern loft conversions often create less disruption than traditional extension construction – meaning it is often possible to continue living in the property undergoing renovation. It is, however, important to factor in the amount of work being undertaken, and that your daily life will most likely not go completely undisturbed. Construction workers will generally work through an open roof for a significant portion of the project, leaving the interior and downstairs of your home to yourself. With a standard loft conversion taking around 4 to 8 weeks from start to finish, timescales are much shorter than those of other home constructions of a similar significance.
Do loft conversions need planning permission?
Planning permission is not required in the majority of standard cases of loft conversion in England and Wales, thanks to simplified planning laws introduced in 2008. Restrictions do still apply to loft conversions under these new rules, including but not limited to:
• Loft conversions cannot exceed the highest part of the property’s existing roof
• Dormer windows cannot front-face a highway
• The maximum volume limit for loft conversions in terraced houses is 40 cubic meters, whilst the maximum volume for semi-detached and other if 50 cubic meters
• Materials used in construction and finishing must closely match those of the exterior of the existing property
It is possible to further research these guidelines on the UK government’s planning portal website. Developments seeking to go against the above guidelines must obtain planning permission before the start of building.
What is a Velux conversion?
The term Velux loft conversion refers to a commonly installed brand or type of window in pitched roofs – commonly seen in lofts and attics. The installation of Velux windows allows for the presence of a large amount of natural light in what would otherwise be a relatively dark space, eliminating the need to install excessive artificial lighting, and making conversions feel more ‘liveable’. Velux style windows are designed to fit any gradient or roof slope, from highly pitched to flat roofs, and do not visibly extend the loft beyond the roofline, meaning their installation does not generally require planning permission.
Can you put an extension on a new build?
Planning development and application can be slightly stricter when it comes to new build properties – but building extensions onto them is not impossible. Difficulties may arise in the form of development rights removal – when planning permission is granted for the original new build, development rights are often removed. This means that any extensions plans must be submitted under a householder planning application.
In many areas, this process will limit the alterations you may make to your property, so it is worth investigating if this is the case for your property before proceeding with plans. In addition to this, homeowners should research whether or not their new build is within a green belt or flood zone – both of which provide challenges to extension planning and building.
Can I build a front extension?
It is often entirely possible to build a front extension, however, planning regulations around them are often much harder to meet. Because the majority of front extension plans will most likely project towards a highway, planning permission needs to be obtained in many cases. Though this may lengthen the process, planning permission may allow for a more complex or customised extension than one built under regulation not requiring planning permission would - perhaps you’d like to add a second storey or pillars.
However, if the planning process really doesn’t appeal, the best step to take is to consult a professional in planning and construction – they'll be able to advise on whether or not you’ll really need planning permission, and be able to suggest alterations to your design, which may bring it into compliance.
How long does it take to build a house extension?
The amount of time taken to complete a house extension depends on a number of factors, including time allotted for the planning permission process, design, builder, size, and conditions. Most significant roadblocks come in the form of planning permission rejection, and in the re-application process, not the building process itself.
With this being said, the UK average build time for a small, single-storey extension is between three and four months. This estimate includes site preparation, groundwork, bricklaying, roofing, gutter, door, and window installation, plastering and rendering, and final installations, but does not take into account the design and application process – as numbers for these vary widely.
What is the first thing to do when renovating a house?
Effective and thorough planning is the key to a successful renovation. B.A. Boyle & Son’s team of highly experienced tradesmen recommend taking the time to build a detailed renovation plan, outlining all work to be completed, and an approximate timeline. In these early stages, investigations should be undertaken regarding local and national planning regulations. Make note of what you’ll likely need to apply for – and keep these to show to an expert later in the project.
Following this, a realistic budget should be set – this should allow for all permit applications, building materials, labour, and decoration. An extra 10% should be added to this cost in case of any unexpected outgoings. This budget can be solidified by requesting professional quotes. It is always recommended to request multiple quotes. Following this, you may consult and hire the professionals you need to make a start on your project.
What is a gut renovation?
Gut renovation is a term referring to a significant renovation – most accurately, the stripping of an entire property down to its most fundamental structural elements. The phrase today is more commonly used to describe the process of making major alterations to the layout of a property, such as adding an extension or removing a wall between a kitchen and dining room to create an open-plan space. Renovations this significant will often include checks and updates to wiring and plumbing systems.
What is the difference between remodelling and restoration?
Whilst remodelling is a process of renewal, by which properties often undergo a significant amount of change, restoration is a process by which properties are restored to their original condition, with as much accuracy as possible. Whilst renovation can be undertaken on most properties and is often used as a way to update or refresh, restoration is often seen in period or listed buildings, in which the owner would like to retain character, or is restricted by the building’s status, but would like to ensure its functionality.
If you’re looking to refresh your property, but aren’t sure which path is right for you, contact B.A. Boyle & Son for a free consultation. Our team of expert tradesmen will be happy to advise on both restoration and renovation.
How can I tell which grade my listed building is?
The most reliable way to check the grade of your listed building is to consult the National Heritage List for England - this extensive database includes all listed properties in England alongside their grade, and is available to the general public online.
A property's grade corresponds to Heritage England’s level of interest in the property, with older and more historically significant buildings often achieving higher grades. According to recent figures, 92% of listed buildings are grade 2, with 5.5% labelled grade 2* and 2.5% being grade 1. This means the vast majority of listed residential properties are grade 2. Grade 1 buildings are generally considered to be of international significance. All alterations made to listed buildings must comply with stringent regulations outlined by Heritage England.
How do you plan a home extension?
There are several important things to think about when planning a home extension. Typically, these can be divided into initial considerations, the designing of the extension and choosing a builder, and then the construction and completion phase. Once you understand these, you can make a more informed decision going ahead.
In terms of initial considerations, you should firstly allocate yourself a budget, and plan ahead for the potential costs that will come with the process of getting an extension. You should also think about whether your extension will add value to your property, which could benefit you more in the future. It would also be wise to familiarise yourself with planning rules and building regulations, or even initiate discussions with a planning consultant. Also, if you’re a leaseholder, check the details of your lease, to make sure that you do have the legal right to make alterations to the property, and make sure to contact the freeholder as soon as possible to discuss the project.
Some more initial considerations include your insurance provider. Before you begin, you should contact your home and contents insurance provider(s) to discuss your intentions. You should also talk to your neighbours, because if planning permission is required, the LPA (Local Planning Authority) will likely contact them. If your works are going to be disruptive, it is best to let them know in advance.
If you are looking to improve a semi-detached house or a terraced house, you may have to consider the Party Wall Act. This is the shared wall that divides two or more properties.
The next point to think about is the design of your extension. Going through an architect for this part is not mandatory, though you will be likely to have a more polished-looking, logical final result. Should you go ahead with an architect, it is vital to let them know in as much detail as possible what it is you are looking for, what the timeframe is, payment, and penalties for deadlines being missed.
Approaching a structural engineer is another good port of call because they can create technical drawings and calculations for Building Regulation approval and can be used by the builder and architect to inform what they do.
With regards to choosing a builder, it is wise to shop around. Factor in evidence of their previous works, pricing, and timeframes before making a decision. At B. A. Boyle & Son, we provide top-quality builds at highly competitive prices with equally competitive timeframes. Contact us for a free consultation today!
What is home restoration?
Home restoration normally revolves around period properties and/or listed buildings. A home restoration project will consist of repairs to a period property or listed building while keeping intact, or using, materials from the period that property was originally built in. Essentially, you are restoring the property to its original condition.
This differs from renovation, conservation, and preservation in some subtle, and some not-so-subtle ways.
A home renovation is the general improvement of a building by means of adding elements and/or making repairs to the interior or exterior of a building. Consideration doesn’t have to be paid to retaining or restoring period characteristics. A renovation can include works like the building of an extension, replastering the interior, or converting a loft into a liveable space, to name but a few.
Preservation simply refers to the act of keeping the features of a building intact and free from interference. Effectively you are preserving the characteristics of a building. This ties into conservation, which is whereby you look to maintain or increase the value of a home by ensuring their built form and architectural characteristics are kept as they are.
How often should you renovate your home?
Typically, providing your home is in good condition, renovation should occur every 15 to 20 years. This can be whole house or single rooms and can include works like extensions. These update the feel of your home and can increase the value of your home should you seek to sell.
Before setting off on a home renovation, consider the present state of the room (or whole building), and what you wish to achieve. You might like to think about when the last time the house was renovated, and when was the house built. When you apply these to your personal preferences, aims, and budget, you will be in a good position to decide whether or not to proceed.