Porch Building Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent Porch Builders: One great way to improve the look of your home in Stoke-on-Trent without emptying your wallet is to put up a porch extension. In fact building a porch is among the most economical and least disruptive home improvement projects you can carry out. A lovely porch will make the doorway to your property more appealing, will minimize heat loss through your front door, and give you some storage for those wet shoes and brollys.

For the planning and design of porches it is best to speak with an experienced builder in Stoke-on-Trent. Although you should also check on the internet, where you'll find a wealth of innovative and inspirational ideas for porches.

One of the first things that you will need to consider if you decide to start the ball rolling and build a porch is what materials you'd prefer to use for the door, the roof, the ceiling, the floor, the windows and the walls.

You should also be thinking about decoration, internal design, furniture, electrics and storage possibilities at this stage.

Is Planning Permission Necessary for a Porch? As the law stands at the time of writing you do not need planning permission to build a porch in Stoke-on-Trent if the external floor area of the porch is not over 3m2, no element of the porch construction is more than 3 metres above ground level, no component of the porch construction is within 2 metres of any road or 2 metres from the boundary of the property on which it is being built, your property is a house, not a flat, maisonette or other form of building.

You can always head down to your your local planning office for a chat if you are unclear whether you need planning permission or not. The estimate from your chosen Stoke-on-Trent porch builder will most likely include this liason with the planning office. To be safe rather than sorry, check!

Porch Building in Stoke-on-Trent

Building Regulations: Planning permission and building regulations are separate and one could be needed where the other is not. Where porches are concerned you WILL need to get building regulations approval unless the present external door is not taken out, the porch construction is lower than 30 square metres and on ground level and any current disabled access is maintained. Certain types of window and all electrical installations in porches will be needing building regulations approval.

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The Benefits of a Porch: Adding a porch extension can have several benefits, including: giving extra character to a currently plain doorway, give you a little bit of additional storage space, enhancing the appeal of the property to prospective buyers should you need to put it on the market, preventing heat loss through your front door, offering a place to leave bicycles, providing somewhere to leave muddy shoes, hang coats and stand damp brollys, raising the value of the property and making your front door more secure.

To look at the latest porch building regulations visit this official webpage: Porches.

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