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Will you need planning permission before installing bi-folding or sliding doors?

Will you need planning permission before installing bi-folding or sliding doors?

If you’re thinking about installing the stylish doors, you need to consider whether you’re going to need planning permission.

The application process for planning permission can be a hassle, but you may not actually need it. Adding or replacing doors is one of the less complicated home improvements, so they usually don’t require any planning permission. However, they still need to meet the UK’s building regulations in order to be compliant.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you work it out.

What is planning permission?

Since 1948, it’s been necessary for new developments to meet certain criteria and have proper permissions in place in order to be deemed lawful. Subject to certain conditions, it can either be granted or refused.

In general terms, you may need planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change to a building (such as an extension)
  • change the use of your building

Will I need planning permission for my bi-folds and sliding doors?

Changing or adding doors (such as bi-folds or sliding) doesn’t normally require planning permission as it is usually considered a permitted development—particularly if there is no extension built for your doors.

However, these rights can be taken away by the local authority under certain circumstances, for example if your property is listed or in a designated conservation area.

What if I’m building a whole new extension?

If your doors are part of a new extension, then the whole project may also need planning permission, and here are three factors you’ll need to think about:

  • The location of your extension
  • Its size
  • The potential impact it will have on surrounding houses.

If your extension falls within the limits below, then no application for planning permission would need to be made:

  • for detached properties—a single-story rear extension of up to 8 metres
  • for non-detached properties—a single-story rear extension of up to 6 metres.

Consideration for your neighbours will have to be given when building a whole new extension, and this may affect whether or not you are granted planning permission. Let’s face it, your neighbour isn’t going to be best pleased if you’ve blocked out all of their sunlight…

How long does it take to be granted planning permission?

It varies depending on how many planning applications are in the pipeline, but it usually takes about 8 weeks to apply and acquire planning permission if it’s needed. Planning applications for householders cost £172, which is a set national fee.

Of course, if there are any objections then there may be delays in this process. If you are unsure about whether your new doors will need planning permission, and don’t want to waste any time, then we recommend going to your local authority.

Please note that these are just pointers. It’s your responsibility as a homeowner to find out whether planning permission is required for your property. We recommend contacting your local planning authority.

Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more about installing bi-folding or sliding doors.

10 inspirational kitchen extension ideas

10 inspirational kitchen extension ideas

Home extensions with bi-folding and sliding doors are an innovative and effective way to increase space in your home. With hundreds of different styles and designs, there is one perfectly suited to your own taste.

We’ve found 10 of the most stylish kitchen extensions to give you a little inspiration…

1. The dark frame of the bi-folds perfectly pairs with the brick exterior of this house for a classic and stunning look.

 

2. This extension is sleek, modern and bright.

 

3. Don’t like following trends? Install bi-folds on the corner of your extension. Edgy.

 

4. Blurring the boundary between the kitchen and garden is this open extension and chill-out patio.

 

5. Install L-shaped doors like these and let the light flood into your home.

 

6. This extension proves that sliding glass doors look great in traditional homes too.

 

7. Who said old buildings don’t suit contemporary sliding doors?

 

8. This Victorian London home’s back extension is enough to make all the neighbours envious.

 

9. Boardroom or dining room? Either way, this extension with bi-folds will bring everyone together.

 

10. Attract the natural light from above with roof lanterns – the perfect addition to any extension.

 

 

Feeling inspired by these stunning extensions?

If you want to plan an extension with bi-folding or sliding doors then get in touch with our friendly team.

5 benefits of roof lanterns in your home

5 benefits of roof lanterns in your home

Roof lantern in a modern home

Roof lanterns, also known as skylights, are a popular, trendy and visually-appealing feature: the perfect addition to any home. The contemporary lantern-style roof lights boast a cutting-edge design and offer a variety of benefits throughout the year.

1. Increased light and brighter rooms

We’re always trying to find innovative ways to increase the amount of natural light which enters our homes.

The daylight maintains your body’s natural sleep cycle, controls hormones that govern your bodily functions, lowers high blood pressure, improves brain function, and provides vitamin D – which is important for your immune system.

With this increase of light, you’re guaranteed to feel more positive and productive.

The design and increased surface area of roof lanterns mean they are a great way to attract the sunlight in. Particularly during the shorter days in the winter months, an increase in light can make all the difference.

The economical, physical and psychological benefits will leave you with a happier and healthier household.

2. Exceptional energy efficiency

Roof lanterns are the UK’s strongest and most thermally-efficient roof system (as tested by BBA), so you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The energy-efficient glazing acts as a barrier against the elements.

The increase in daylight entering your home means you’ll decrease the use of artificial light and save money on your electricity bill every month. The technology of the windows also mean that you won’t need to run the heating as much during the colder months.

3. No planning permission

Installing roof lanterns doesn’t usually require any planning permission. This means you’ll be able to skip the hassle of time-consuming applications.

According to the Planning Portal, there are three limits and conditions to which your lanterns must comply:

  1. Any alteration to project no more than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane.
  2. No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  3. Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

To comply with the building control requirements, you will need to consult a structural professional to find out the appropriate proportions of the roof lanterns.

We do recommend that you double check, just to be on the safe side!

4. Increased property value

The conventional and sleek design of roof lanterns can significantly add value to your home. They automatically make rooms appear more spacious, airier and brighter – a dreamy combination for any buyer.

The lanterns are also relatively cheap and easy to install, making them an accessible investment for many homeowners. The cutting-edge design of the windows will transform your new build, or existing property, and raise its value.

The minimalist appearance of the lanterns make your home look contemporary and modernised, keeping bang on trend.

5. Impressive sky views

You’ll create the opportunity for more sky and less roof!

Obviously, the British weather is unpredictable… But you can enjoy the outside while remaining in the comfort of your own home, and watch the seasons pass.

Whether you’re relaxing in the evening with your family or hosting an extravagant dinner party, the sky view is guaranteed to impress everyone who’s lucky enough to see it.

Do these benefits sound tempting? Our experienced specialists can help you with the design, site survey and installation of your roof lanterns.

Get in touch with our friendly team today and we’ll help you get started.

Sliding doors: A buyer’s guide

Sliding doors: A buyer’s guide

Sliding doors home Sliding patio doors are slick, stylish and quickly becoming a popular alternative to bi-folding doors. The effortless design and large glass panels of the doors are contemporary and the perfect addition to your home.

We’ve written this guide specially to make the process of choosing, buying and installing your sliding doors easier for you.

Will sliding doors add value to my home?

Sliding doors are a fairly big investment, so you’re going to want to know exactly how they are going to affect the value of your house. The stunning design of the doors will do more than just make your neighbours green with envy. These are some of the guaranteed benefits:

  • The large glass panels will create the illusion of bringing the outdoors in.
  • The amount of natural light which enters your home will significantly increase; adding value to your daily life, not just your home.
  • You’ll save precious kitchen or lounge space. The design of the doors means they don’t swing in or out. Instead, they simply glide back and forth on runners.
  • Want to save on electricity? The contemporary design of the doors means that they are energy efficient, saving you money on your utility bills. The improved thermal insulation and multi-pane glass means that your home keeps warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Improved door technology now means that you can have up to three tracks.

If these all sound like benefits which you’d like to enjoy for yourself, then read on.

Deciding on the material and frame colour

Aluminium is lightweight, low maintenance and the ideal material for your stylish sliding doors. The frames give a minimalistic and contemporary appearance, perfect if you want to simply modernise your home.

If you already have a preferred colour scheme in mind, you’ll be happy to hear that you can choose any of the 180+ RAL colours. They’ll fit right in.

Choose your threshold

Thresholds work to keep debris from entering your home at the bottom of your door. Thresholds are important part of any sliding patio door, and there are two general types to choose from.

Low threshold – makes it easy to open your home to the outdoors. A low threshold is ideal if you need easy access for wheelchair users or children. While they create the perfect illusion of bringing the outside in, these are not as weather resistant. You will need to consider whether the area is sheltered enough for this type of threshold.

Standard threshold – designed to withstand rain and draughts a lot better. This type of threshold is not completely flat, but the lip can still be installed very low. If there isn’t much surrounding shelter this may be the choice for you.

It may be worth asking the opinion of an architect, or let our team survey your property,. This may be the best way to ascertain which type of threshold would best suit your home. 

The maintenance of sliding doors

With a hundred other things going on in our lives, we don’t want to add another regular chore to the list. Luckily, sliding doors require a relatively low amount of upkeep. Aluminium is one of the most durable materials for sliding doors. The frame should withstand the British weather conditions for a long period of time. A few things you will need to do include:

  • Regularly cleaning the glass panels – leaving them sparkling
  • Lubricating the runners occasionally to allow for the smoothest slide of the doors
  • Cleaning the frame with a little detergent
  • Vacuuming the tracks

For more useful tips, check out our guide to cleaning bi-fold doors. The maintenance involved is very similar.

Worried about the safety and security?

The safety of sliding doors has probably crossed your mind due to the sheer quantity of glass provided by the doors. The new design of sliding doors mean that the most sliding doors can be installed with effectively shatter-proof glass.

There are a few things which you can implement in order to make your sliding doors as secure as possible:

  • Use aluminium seals which have a spring loading, so that when the door is closed a lever is compressed, causing a rubber seal to be forced downwards on to the door jamb.
  • Install a hook-over locking mechanism to ensure the sliding leaf can’t be lifted from its frame.
  • Buy stylish blinds or drapes to keep your valuables out of sight of burglars.
  • Considering choosing built-in multipoint locks.

There is no reason why your home should be any less secure with sliding doors.

The installation process

Convinced yet? If so, here’s the next step. Ideally, you should order your doors while the opening is being built. We can then guarantee that the doors are installed on the day you need them. Once you’ve finalised your design, we’ll survey the site, supply the patio sliding doors and install them.

The whole process, from survey to installation, takes about 2 – 3 weeks. Get in touch with us today for any further advice. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help.

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5 innovative ways to modernise your home

5 innovative ways to modernise your home

Do you want to give your home a bit of life again?

While there is nothing wrong with styling one’s house in the traditional way, some of us like to feel like we’re on trend with the latest interiors and exteriors.

Here’s some of the best tips and tricks to transforming your house into a contemporary and stylish home.

1. Design an outdoor comfort area

Home garden pad

Be more creative than putting a few chairs, a table and a BBQ outside. It’s becoming fashionable to take the lounge al fresco. Create a space to chill which you can invite all your friends around to enjoy. Invest in some quality furniture with comfortable cushions, a garden fire pit and some lanterns. With the unpredictable weather in the UK, consider getting a cover for the rainier days.

Take it to the next level and you could even invest in a hot tub to make your garden the ultimate place to be.

Warning: you may not be able to get rid of your friends!

2. Seamless patio sliding doors

Modern home and garden

Glass sliding doors have a slim, effortless and cutting-edge design which can turn your house into a stylish home.

Modern houses generally integrate spaces to ultimately make rooms appear larger and more open. By investing in sliding doors you can create the illusion that the outside is combined with the inside of your home – with only a slim glass door in-between. They allow your home to feel more spacious and provide a contemporary open-plan feel.

The large panels of glass and slim aluminium frame mean that more natural light can enter. This increases the value of both your home and your life. Most contemporary houses boast an abundance of natural light. The rooms will instantly feel livelier.

If you like the modern feel of glass in your home then you could also consider putting in sky windows and allow even more natural light to pour in.

3. Home automation

Smart home automation

Smart lighting is one of the smoothest modern technologies that you could implement into your home. With this home automation, indoor and outdoor lights can be set to work under certain conditions. For example, they could identify whether someone’s in a room and the level of light that they need. Architects and designers are implementing these types of lights regularly into homes. The control of lights by automation is on trend and popular at the minute.

A Nest thermostat is another way to save energy. It can learn the times of the day that you turn the heat up and down, remember them and then automatically do it for you. It even knows when you’re away. If it can tell your phone’s left the house, if at work for example, Nest will set itself to eco temperature to save energy.

It’s possible to control automation from your smart device. There are many benefits to having the system in your home, including saving money on energy bills, making your life a little simpler and finally – making your home more modern.

4. Get a wireless multi-room sound system

Wireless home sound system

Imagine if it was possible to have your favourite songs blasting in every room of the house. Well, this is possible by installing a wireless multi-room sound system like [insert brand name, good to have a specific example] in your home.

The system provides both style and a modern simplicity. It’s not enough to just have a single sound system in one room in your house anymore. Anyone can connect their device to the speakers (which is both a good and bad thing), channeling their music taste.

Whether you’re relaxing in the bath or entertaining guests, it’s something to invest in to keep up with the times.

5. Give the room a make-over

Modern living room

It may be simple, but certainly a surface make-over will be an effective way to modernise your home. Take a look for ideas on Pinterest to find some inspiration for your new modern home.

Sometimes giving your home a more modern feel could come down to a simple solution, such as giving the walls a lick of white paint and investing in some cool and quirky artwork on the walls.

Choose understated furniture to put in the room. A hot trend at the minute is an open-air bookcase and draped lights. You can be as inventive as you like.

Install sliding doors in your home for a more modern feel. Regardless of whether you prefer a more traditional home or a contemporary one – they will fit right in.

Get in touch us to speak to us about the installation of bi-fold or sliding doors today.