Home Extensions

Extending your home is a popular way to increase space and add value to your property. With the hassle and costs of moving house – from legal fees to stamp duty – the reasons to stay put and improve your existing home soon mount up. But where to start?

Extension Planning

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Our specialist team are on hand to provide you with any type of extension planning in Wigan. You shouldn't have to worry about your planning applications going to waste as our expert team of planning consultants in Manchester will draw up the extension plans that you require and ensure that they meet all legal requirements. Our team will carry out your extension plans in three simple steps:

1/ We Consult

A member of the team will visit your property at a time that best suits you. We will survey the property, discuss your ideas and what you would like to achieve and then consult you on the project ensuring all legal requirements are met.

2/ We Design, Draw & Create

We will draw your extension plans for you, ensuring the highest possibility that the plans will be approved.

3/ We Submit

Planning Permission in Wigan can often be a bit tedious however our team will draw and lodge all planning applications within 72 hours


Rear ExtensionThese are the most common and popular way to extend a property in Manchester. Nearly all of these changes to existing houses need consent, known as "Householder" planning permission.

The most popular way to extend a property is to the rear or side. There are very few extensions that can be built forward of the main elevation.

The best way to extend depends on the existing layout. If you have a lot a space to the side of your property, then a side extension may be best. If to the side is out of the question, then out the back is best.

If you are going for a two storey extension, then the position of the staircase and existing room layouts have to be taken into consideration.

When designing a two storey extension existing rooms may need to be changed to allow for access.


garage conversionIf you have an integral garage, then a garage conversion can be a very easy and cheap option to create more living area. In most cases you do not need planning consent to do this.

Sometimes a condition may have been attached to a previous planning application, it usually relates to parking conditions.

When we have drawn your extension we will help you decide whether you need full planning or to go for permitted development, but most garage conversions fall within permitted development.


loft conversionIn a lot a cases a loft conversion is the only option, as with garage conversions, most loft conversions do not need planning as they come under permitted development.

For a terraced house you are allowed 40 cubic meters of added living area, for a detached and semi it is 50 cubic meters.

There are a few more requirement regarding the dormer size and appearance, but nothing unusual. With a loft conversion there is a lot of steel work, beams that need to be put in to support the existing roof and take extra load.

The access to the new room can also provide some problems. Depending on the layout of the existing stairs, a bedroom has to be sacrificed or made smaller. This can result in losing a small bedroom to create a larger one with en-suite.