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Building an extension to a house is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners seeking to maximise the potential from their property space.
With fees and stamp duty to consider as well as the upheaval entailed with buying a new house and continually increasing property prices, an extension can be seen as a more economical option.
The type and scale of house extension varies greatly according to the homeowner's requirements, budget and the feasibility of the site.
 Types of extension
This is a single-storey attachment to the front of a house. Due to their relatively small size they may not require planning permission (although they may in a conservation area or for a listed building).
Building regulations approval may be required if the porch is not separated from the house by an internal door and is heated, or if there are structural, accessibility or drainage implications.
These are simple single-storey structures, usually made of glazing and a UPVC frame, although they can also be timber or aluminium. They may have a low-level brick wall around their perimeter upon which the framework site.
The type and size of the conservatory will determine whether planning permission or building regulations approval is required or not.
Also known as a sunroom, an orangery is similar to a conservatory but has a solid roof and walls as well as glazing. This tends to make them more expensive than a conservatory, but sturdier and better at retaining heat.
Similar planning permission and building regulations rules apply as for conservatories.
 Single-storey extension
A single-storey extension is built adjoining the existing house. The method of connection requires careful consideration, in particular, openings between the extension and the existing building, junctions with the roof structure, the positions of flues and drains, and so on.
Planning permission may not be required in all instances, but building regulations approval will be.