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Architectural, design and planning support in Portsmouth

Dive into our comprehensive guide on home extensions in Portsmouth and learn all you need to know to start your project.

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If you're considering enhancing your Portsmouth home, partner with us for expert architectural design and construction advice.

We’ve got an impressive 91%* success rate in securing planning permission for our customers. We’ve also completed over 7,000 projects nationwide. Whether you need assistance with your project from start to finish or specific guidance when it comes to design and planning, finance or construction.

Our in-house experts streamline the process, from creating architectural drawings to navigating the planning permission process and connecting you with local contractors, making the long process of getting a home extension that little bit easier.

If you’re a homeowner in Portsmouth, you’ll know how rich and varied an area it is. You might be drawn to the grand Edwardian and Victorian villas, vibrant art scene and unique cluster of indie bars and restaurants of Southsea that feel curiously more Shoreditch than coastal South East. Whatever it is you love about living in Pompey, it might be that your living space is not just cutting the mustard. You might just need a helping hand to get it done. And that’s where we come in.

Read on to learn more about how we can give your home extension ideas the best opportunity of coming to life.

With the right planning support, Portsmouth’s iconic seafront could be to huge residential extension opportunities

Planning support in Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s coastline, as well as some inland pockets, is largely made up of various Conservation Areas. This designation means that the land is protected by certain rules and regulations that either nurture, protect or improve it. This can have a restrictive impact on home extensions and renovations. So, it’s in your interest to know what – if any – planning restrictions you’ll be faced with.

None of this is to suggest that it’s impossible to get home construction plans approved – far from it. Last year alone, 86.8% of householder applications in Portsmouth were approved (81.25% within 8 weeks!). These are promising figures but they’re not a guarantee that your project will be approved. For example, if you live in a Conservation Area and have a property that you’d like to extend dramatically – in terms of scale or design style – you may be faced with more of a challenge to having your plans approved as they could disrupt the existing area.

And, it’s also worth noting that while Portsmouth Council doesn’t currently have a document with specifications for residential renovations and extensions, they are working on a new local plan that could have an impact on what you can build. Because of the various potential obstacles to residential construction in Portsmouth, you’ll want a team with planning expertise tailored to the area. Our consultants have wide-ranging experience working across architecture, councils and planning that’ll be ideal for giving your project the best chance of success. Book a free advice call to discuss your ideas and see what they can do for you today.

How much does a home extension cost in Portsmouth?

When it comes to home extension costs, it's important to remember that there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Every property and project is unique, so it's hard to give an exact estimate. There are a lot of factors to consider, such as the size of the extension, the materials used, contractors, and even the specific area you live in.

Use our Quick Quote Calculator to get a sense of how much your project idea could set you back or book a free advice call to discuss your options with one of our consultants.

Find the right team for your extension in Portsmouth

If you’re unsure how or where to begin your search for the right team for your home extension, get in touch with Resi Connect. They have the inside scoop on tradespeople in Portsmouth that have been vetted against a range of criteria amongst which are: whether or not they are Trustmark or FMB affiliated; whether they have the relevant insurances in place; an assessment of their past work; meeting minimum financial standards; and finally, references from both previous customers and trade.

Try our Local Professional Search tool today or, if you’re unsure of which professionals you need at whatever stage you’re at in your renovation journey.

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