7 homes transformed without planning permission

Take a look at seven beautiful homes, all improved without planning permission

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Want ideas for improving your home without planning permission? Perhaps you're planning a single storey extension? Maybe a loft extension or garage conversion? Not all work to your home requires planning permission – certain projects can be done under permitted development rights. For example, minor extensions, change of use and internal remodels are often covered under permitted development.

To give you an idea of what is possible, we have put together a list of inspiring projects completed without the need for planning permission. Find more ways to transform your home without planning permission.

1. A Californian-style home transformation

californian style kitchen created without planning permission

After returning from a trip to Portugal and then California, the owners of this four bedroom house in Blackrock, Dublin, found their home to be dated. The couple soon started planning how they could revamp their property internally, sticking to the original footprint so that planning permission wouldn’t be required.

Find out how to plan and design a kitchen extension to achieve similar successful results.

2. A courtyard extension to a Victorian property

courtyard style extension with modern living room

This Dublin home was completely remodelled and extended under permitted development. The lower ground floor was extended to incorporate a central courtyard, linking the kitchen and living room, which has made the compact house feel much more spacious.

Find out how to renovate a house from scratch in our step-by-step guide.

3. A narrow kitchen extended to create an open plan space

narrow kitchen extension completed under permitted development with wooden kitchen island

A conservatory was replaced with a full-width single storey extension, creating an open-plan ground floor. They also knocked down internal walls and remodelled the layout to make better use of the existing space.

Find out all you need to know about planning and costing a single storey extension in our guide.

4. A kitchen, reimagined

kitchen transformed without planning permission

When it came to rethinking this kitchen design, a local, family-run company, Woodwork Kitchens, came recommended. The designer suggested some straightforward building work, including removing the loo and its walls, adding bi-folding doors at the end of the room, and bricking up the old back door and turning it into a window to replicate the Victorian style elsewhere in the house. Luckily, the remodel didn’t require planning permission.

Find out more about choosing the best bi-fold or sliding doors.

5. An industrial-style kitchen

industrial style kitchen diner with exposed brick wall

Knocking together the existing kitchen and dining room, and adding a 4m rear extension created the ‘huge’ space the owners of this 1920s home craved. They used bi-fold doors and a bank of rooflights to enhance the space with lots of natural light.

Find out more about choosing the best rooflights for your home in our guide.

6. An open plan kitchen extension to a 1930s home

1930s kitchen and diner extension

The layout of this 1930s home restricted the owners’ dreams for an open-plan living space. They appointed an architect to create plans for an extension that would fall under permitted development, and knocked the kitchen and dining room together to create one big room.

Find out how to design an open plan kitchen in our essential guide.

7. A glazed extension to Edwardian terraced house

a glazed kitchen extension on an edwardian home with Crittal style windows

This two metre extension to the rear of a London terrace has made all the difference to the kitchen. Crittal-style glazing works well with the period exterior, while bringing a modern, industrial feel to the inside.

Find out how to design a glazed extension in our guide, and discover more about metal framed doors and windows.

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