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Important News – As of 15th April 2015 the following Permitted development rights have been extended

Extension, for a further 3 years, of the existing permitted development right for larger householder rear extensions (now available until 30 May 2019); See image above of a large rear extension given permission under this legislation Temporary, for 3 years, permitted development right to allow up to […]

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Do you need another bedroom?

2 storey extensions

Well, the easiest way to create this is to build an attic conversion in your roof space. This new attic room can have a dormer window to increase the usable space that has head height. In fact by introducing a dormer the usable floor space will increased […]

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UPDATE What can stop Permitted Development – based on most recent planning directive – Oct. 1st 2008.

mcdonnel side kitchen extension

UPDATE What can stop Permitted Development – based on most recent planning directive – Oct. 1st 2008. There is a checklist which I go through when looking at a project for some submission plans. This is to confirm that permitted development rights are applicable for this particular […]

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Need an extra bedroom – Extending and remodelling versus Moving house

brown orangery right view

A discussion on the cost effective way of getting that extra room on your house. There are many reasons why we at Homeplan Designs are called in to create extra rooms for a client. This is often necessitated by the birth of a child, or an elderly […]

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Spring is here! Have your Orangery extension designed and quickly approved ready for those summer months.

brown orangery left view

With spring now here a lot of my clients are looking at what they can do to upgrade or remodel their properties. I am suggesting that the type of extension which give them the best space and wow factor is an Orangery or sunlounge across the back […]

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Okay, so you’d like another room on your house.

proposed perspective right

Whether it be a bedroom or some extra living space, this is easily done on most types of residential property. There are many ways to do this, ranging from a rear ground floor extension, conversion of an existing integral garage, or perhaps an alteration to your roof […]

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Convert your garage into a Bedroom or Living Room

infill conservatory orangery extension

Do you need a new bedroom or an extra living room in your house ?. You might consider converting your garage into this kind of living space. This works best if the garage is attached or integral. However, if it is a separate building a link can […]

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Planning your house extension in the New Year


I would like to wish our customers new and existing ‘A Very Happy New year’ So, a new year is on us, with a renewed vigour in the building industry. All the builders I recommend, are getting booked up for this 1st quarter, so if you want […]

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A design concept to enhance a family living space.

rear view showing wrap around extension

I’ve just completed an extension and remodel design for clients who own a semi detached house with an unusual room layout. This layout does not give much to family living with a small kitchen and average sized rooms lounge and dining rooms split by an oversized hall. […]

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Why move house when you can extend your current property.


I visited another client who had been trying to move to a larger house. They had been unable to find another property with all their needs for the right price. After visiting them and going through a feasibility study I was asked to undertake their extension plans […]

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