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Navigate your journey to a new build extension or conservatory

Congratulations! You’ve decided to expand your living space, which means an exciting journey awaits. But before the foundations have been dug and the installation can begin, it’s wise to take a breath and plan your project carefully. It’s a big job, after all.

Steve Rawding, Sales and Marketing Director at leading Hertfordshire and South East home improvement company SEH BAC, discusses where to begin for your new build extension or conservatory and the initial steps you should take.

Envision your dream space

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Whether your family is growing, working from home is the new normal, or you want to add value to your current property instead of moving, you must define your extension or conservatory. What kind of extension or conservatory do you see yourself enjoying? Do you crave a light-filled sunroom for relaxing with a book or a spacious family room for entertaining guests? Or are you in need of a more functional space, such as a dedicated home office or an open-plan kitchen extension bathed in natural light?

Style savvy

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Once you know how to use your new build extension or conservatory, explore the range of styles available. Each style caters to different needs; opt for a classic Victorian or Edwardian

conservatory for a romantic touch, embrace the clean lines of a modern extension, or go for a blend that complements your existing architecture to bring your vision to life. You might want to go bigger and look at a P-shaped or T-shaped conservatory, while you could flood your extension with natural light with a glass roof, make things more private with a tiled roof, or have the best of both worlds with a solid roof.

Permission planning

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Thanks to ‘permitted development’ rules, many extensions and conservatories don’t need planning permission at all. There are, however, key limits to remember that will need to be checked before going ahead. The conservatory can’t cover more than half the land around or be situated closer to the street than the original property; its height must stay within the existing building’s bounds, and its length depends on whether your house is detached (4m) or attached (3m). If any of these limits are exceeded, planning permission becomes necessary.

Find the perfect partner

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A new build extension or conservatory is a big job, so choosing the right installer is critical. Look for a reputable, local installer with a proven track record. Local installers will be much more familiar with your area’s different types of property and local planning regulations and guidelines and can guide you on any necessary applications. A local company will also have a showroom you can visit to see products up close and ask experienced individuals to help you make an informed decision. You should also read reviews, ask for references, and ensure they offer comprehensive guarantees for peace of mind.

Budget wisely

Set a realistic budget and communicate it clearly to your chosen installer. With a local installer, there will be no hard sell, and they can give you a quote in writing should you want one. Consider additional costs like materials, potential planning permission fees, and unexpected groundwork requirements.

Embrace the journey

Building an extension or conservatory is an exciting adventure, from initial consultations to project completion. With careful planning, expert guidance, and a touch of inspiration, you can transform your home and create a space that truly reflects your dreams.


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