Easy on the eye
Homes & Interiors Scotland|Building & Renovating Guide 2020
Easy on the eye
What you view from the outside is just as important as what you experience when you’re inside.

A garden room extension with floor-to-ceiling glazing is impactful, but devote time to how a seamless open-plan kitchen, sitting and dining area will work visually from outdoors, too. If you have a driveway, think of it as an introduction to your home and not just the space to walk up to get to it. When the door opens, the staircase will set the tone for its overall look and feel – a huge detail that comes top of the list.


In many cases planning permission and a building warrant are required, so it is important to factor time in for this when planning. It can take between six and 12 weeks for permission to be granted. Identify purpose early to determine how much space is needed and what position suits to achieve the right design and placement of your extension. It’s important to have an idea of your budget so you know what can be achieved from the outset. Cost can sometimes make you feel options are limited; however, there are companies that offer a bespoke service so you can achieve a multipurpose space that’s designed at the right size. Position can influence design. If it’s positioned to enjoy the sunrise or sunset, then a canopy or overhang may help prevent glare. If exposed to weather, then patio doors may suit over French doors. If you are looking for privacy then a solid combination roof design may be more effective than glass, for example. To ensure your extension is protected from flooding, you may need to consult your local environment agency for advice depending on how close your extension is to the river/stream/waterfront. Some trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). Even if house extensions don’t require planning permission you cannot alter or even prune a tree that has a TPO on it without planning permission. All trees within a conservation area are protected by legislation and effectively have a TPO on them providing they have a trunk of diameter greater than 75mm.


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Building & Renovating Guide 2020