Extensions are one of the simplist ways of enlarging and enhancing your property.
When considering an extension you will need to determine whether you require Building Regulation and/or Planning Permission. There is very helpful and clear guidance to this now online via the government’s website – see www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/extensions
There may be additional factors to consider if your property lies in a Conservation Area or if the property is Listed. If in doubt you should consult a surveyor experienced in such matters or consult the local authority.
A good architect is also key to ensuring that the design of your extension is in keeping with the overall aim you have for you property and that it will add the value you hope. Many architects and extension design firms will offer free consultations so that you can use their thoughts and experience in your own planning.