Simple Guide To Building A House In A Garden:
Before You Start...
Before you have an initial meeting with your architect there are several things that need careful consideration. As well as knowing what you would like to achieve from your project, you need to think about the following points so that you can discuss them with your architect:
Is your house and garden in a town, village or in the countryside with no other buildings around?
Achieving Planning Permission for a site in the countryside or a conservation area may prove more difficult than for a plot in a town or village. You will need to discuss this with your architect before you begin as it may be more expensive or not worth pursuing at all.
What is the reason for the new house in your garden?
If your new house is for you or a member of your family, you may want to spend some extra time and money on the design of the new building to get it exactly as you would like it. If you are selling the land with Planning Permission or building the plot to rent or to sell, you will be wanting to maximise the value with as little outlay as possible. It is important that you convey this to your architect from the beginning so they know how to tailor the design and their service to meet your needs.
Can the proposed plot be separated from your existing house plot satisfactorily?
There needs to be adequate room on your land to build an extra dwelling whilst leaving enough space around the existing house.
Will the new plot have a separate vehicle/pedestrian access from the road?
Again, there needs to be enough space for this in a safe position. This will depend on the site, it’s size and the position of the existing and proposed houses. Your architect will advise you in more detail.
With a house on the proposed plot, will there be enough room for a reasonably sized garden for the new and existing plots?
Outside space is an important consideration and should not be forgotten. Your architect will advise you if you are not sure.
Will the proposed house be likely to overlook an adjoining property, therefore compromising their privacy?
This could prove to be an obstacle to getting Planning Permission but there are ways of overcoming this issue which your architect can advise you on.
Are there any clauses in the deeds to your house and land that say you are prohibited from developing your land?
Seek advice from a solicitor if this is the case.
Are there any other issues?
There can be many other issues that may impact on a design for a potential new dwelling on your land: for example, foul drainage or other buried or overhead services etc. So, if you know of any, make a note to tell your architect.
3HW offer a free one-hour consultation where we can discuss with you, your initial ideas and advise you on how to proceed. Please contact us for more details.