Not all work to your home requires planning permission — certain projects can be done under permitted development rights. Minor extensions, loft or garage conversions, 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.
1. Californian-style home transformation
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.
2. Courtyard-style extension to a Victorian property
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.
3. Extending a narrow kitchen
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.
4. A kitchen, reimagined
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 WC 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.
5. An industrial-style kitchen
Knocking together the existing kitchen and dining room, and adding a four-metre 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.
6. Extension to a 1930s home
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.
7. Glazed extension to Edwardian terraced house
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.