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Five Urban Myths you should Know About Before Extending Your Home

03.11.14

The world of planning regulations and building laws can be a complicated one, and it’s only natural therefore to shy away from doing major work to your home for fear of not knowing how to comply with certain rules.   

Of course, the advice of a specialist house extension company is invaluable if you are thinking of extending, but what if certain planning urban myths have put you off of even dreaming about how your home could look after an extension? Before you’re thrown off of the idea of extending completely, here are five things you should know: 

 Toilets are Allowed Anywhere... 

 It used to be the case that a toilet had to be separated from other rooms by a ventilated lobby. This was mainly thought to be for hygiene reasons, but the Building Regulations have been relaxed on this somewhat, as long as the WC has ventilation and a sink incorporated. 

This means that if an extra ground floor bathroom is something that you’d like to incorporate into your house extension, you can now do so relatively easily. Toilets still need to be separated from food preparation areas by a door, but really, who wants to have a view of the loo while they’re cooking dinner, anyway? 

...And Bathrooms are Allowed Anywhere, too! 

 Similarly, just as toilets are allowed anywhere, bathrooms are too. And it’s surprisingly easy to fit a shower room into the smallest of spaces! The only thing you need to be aware of is that a bathroom which requires new plumbing and drainage will need Building Regulations approval, but a specialist home extensions company will talk you through this. 

 There is no Legal Minimum Ceiling Height 

 The legal minimum ceiling height has now been removed from the Building Regulations, which can make extending your home or converting your loft easier. Having said that, there is a practical minimum height, which is particularly important if you’re planning on a loft conversion.  

All rooms should really have a minimum floor to ceiling height of 2.1 metres throughout, and in any room where the ceiling slopes, at least 50% of the floor space should have this minimum ceiling height, too. 

 You can Remove Walls 

 Yes, of course, you don’t want to be removing load bearing walls, but you can remove certain walls to create large open plan rooms, which work particularly well if you’re adding a modern extension to your home.  

Check with your extension company regarding which walls can be safely removed, and they will advise on the best way to follow building regulations with regards to the removal of walls and giving the correct support to the floors above. 

 There are no Ratios of Room Type that you have to Adhere to 

 There is no legal requirement to provide, for example, more than one bathroom depending on the number of bedrooms your home has, but it’s always a good idea to balance your home.  

If the aim of your home extension, for example, is to house a growing family, then there’s no point in adding extra bedrooms but not supplying more bathrooms to ease the strain on the existing one. If you can’t stretch to a full bathroom, consider adding an en suite or downstairs toilet. 

 No matter how you envisage your house extension, it’s always going to be daunting making it a reality, but this is where a specialist extension company comes into their own. Let’s bust these house extension urban myths together: call Bespoke Lofts today for house extensions East London wide.

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