Whether you’re planning a house extension, loft conversion or new build, you always need to begin with a set of architectural floor plans.
A good set of drawings can help you visualise your project long before you decide if you want to go ahead with actually building it or not.
If you know you want to build within the next three years, you’ll need a set of planning designs to apply for either planning permission or a lawful development certificate. If you’re not sure which you need for your specific project, you can book in a free consultation call with our friendly experts, who will check for you for free!
For most projects, you’ll need the following types of construction drawings to apply for planning permission or a lawful development certificate:
Existing floor plans
These are accurate drawings of what the building looks like as it stands today. Your architect may want to appoint someone to conduct a measured survey of your property, but it is sometimes possible to put these plans together from existing drawings.
Design floor plans
This is your plan for your proposed design, taking into account your personal taste, future needs, and the planning regulations in your local area. Certain types of house extensions fall under permitted development rights, but even so, you’ll want to apply for a lawful development certificate so you have proof that this was the case when you come to sell.
These are vertical plans showing the layout of your exterior or interior walls, including windows and/or kitchen cabinets.