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Oxford Porch Builders: One superb way to improve the appearance of your house in Oxford without emptying your bank account is to add a porch extension. Among the most affordable and simplest of all the home extension projects, building a porch can also be one of the most effective. A porch can prevent a fair bit of heat loss through your front door as well as give a good first impression to visitors by sprucing up your main entrance.

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For the planning and design of a porch it is best to talk to a specialist builder in Oxford. More inspiration and creative ideas can be found by looking on the internet, where the possibilities are endless.

The first decision that you will have to make, if you choose to go ahead with your porch is what materials to use for the door, the ceiling, the roof, the floor, the walls and the windows.

Other factors to think about are internal design, decoration, storage, furnishings and electrical sockets.

Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Porch? In most cases, planning permission is not necessary for a porch in Oxford on condition that: your residence is a house, and not a flat, maisonette or other type of building, the exterior floor area of the porch is not more than three square metres, no section of the porch construction is over three metres above ground level, no element of the porch is within two metres of any highway or 2 metres from the boundary of the property.

You can always head down to your your local planning office for a chat if you're unclear whether you need planning permission or not. Your chosen Oxford porch builder will probably include this liason with the planning office in his quotation. To be on the safe side, you should always check.

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Building Regulations: Building regulations approval is of course an altogether different thing to planning permission. If your project means that the exterior door stays in place, any disability access is retained and the porch construction is below 30 square metres and at ground level, you should not need building regulations approval. All electrical installations and certain types of windows in porches will need building regulations approval.

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Porches - The Benefits: You may be wondering what benefits can be gained by putting in a porch, these include: additional storage space, giving extra character to an otherwise plain doorway, providing somewhere to stand wet umbrellas, leave muddy boots and hang coats, enhancing the property's appeal to prospective buyers if you need to sell, more security, offering a place to leave bicycles, increasing the value of your property and lessening heat loss through your front door.

The most current porch regulations are available to see here: Porches.

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