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Home Extension & Loft Conversion Design

Home Extension & Loft Conversion Design in the North West

Living in the North West and looking for help planning a loft conversion, refurbishment or home extension design?

Our team of home extension planners in Manchester is perfectly positioned to help. Our experienced team can work with you to create in-depth blueprints, floorplans, and building regulations drawings for a range of home extensions, house refurbishment, and loft conversion designs.

Pricing and expenses for home extensions can be difficult to identify, which is why we’ve designed an exclusive design and planning calculator to calculate the total cost of your design and planning package.

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Home Extension Plans

FC Extensions specialise in helping homeowners throughout the North West by designing and planning various home building projects.

Our architectural services are wide-ranging and include planning drawing services for those wishing to extend their home. If you live in Greater Manchester or Cheshire and you need home extension planning services, our team can assist you.

Our extension design services include side extension designs, single-storey and double-storey extension designs, and rear extension designs.

Types of Extensions

Creating more space for your home can be complicated if you’re unsure where to start. Home extensions is the perfect solution to build more space for your home, and there are several types of extensions you should consider when thinking about extending your house space.

Wrap-Around Extensions

Wrap around extension

Consider wrap around extensions when thinking about creating huge open space plans to suit your home in the North West. Wrap-around extensions can apply to your living space and is essentially a hybrid of side and rear extensions that form an “L” shape at the back of your property. Overall, wrap-around extensions add to the rear of your home, creating better spacing options for your home.

Side Return Extensions

Side return extension

Side return extensions utilize the alleyway or path down the side of your home, a space where bins, bikes and outdoor equipment are usually placed. This type of extension runs the length of the room, allowing you to have a transformative effect on your interior without the need for planning permission.

Rear Extensions

Rear extension

Like a wrap-around extension, a rear extension is placed at the back of your home which then extends to your backdoor space or patio area. This is an option if you want a larger open living space plan that blends both the indoor and outdoor areas of your home. You can opt for a large or small rear extension, but larger living extension space plans will commonly need planning permission.

Dormer Extensions

Dormer extension

Dormer extensions target your home’s attic space. An attic will typically have spare parts, stored items or items that are no longer being used by the occupant. Dormer extensions can help you utilize this space by removing the pitch of the roof and creating a flat roof that’s in line with the top of the current pitch. This will leave you with an exciting squared-off box space that’s perfect for more bedrooms or additional rooms with other forms of use (this could be a workspace, a music room, or an art room!).

Have an extension idea you want to develop?

Get in touch with FC Extensions today to discuss your options.

Loft Conversion Plans

Looking for help with a loft conversion design? Manchester-based home planners and builders, FC Extensions, provide a range of home design services in the North West.

We provide services throughout Greater Manchester and Cheshire and have worked on a variety of projects. Whether it's a dormer loft conversion in Salford or a mansard conversion in Altrincham, we will provide the best quality planning drawings to begin your conversion project.

We have vast experience with loft conversion plans in Manchester. Our team work closely with you to ensure we get our architectural drawings just right so that the finished project will be everything you've hoped for.

Get in contact with us by calling 01625 885 030 if you want to find out more about our loft conversion planning services or use our loft conversion cost calculator to find out an estimate of how much your desired conversion will cost to build.

Types of Loft Conversions

Like home extension plans, there are a variety of loft conversions available for you to choose from. Your choice will often be determined by factors such as your house’s age, type, and budget. We broke down examples of different types of loft conversions for inspiration.

Roof Light Conversion

Roof light conversions add new, flavourful features to your roof space. It’s a case of adding features such as skylight windows, a new floor or a staircase to make your existing roof line more habitable. This is an advantageous conversion choice as it allows you to add more space by utilising what space you already have, such as your roofline.

Hip-to-Gable Conversion

This type of loft conversion works by extending the angled “hip” roof at the side of your property outwards. This creates a vertical “gable” wall that adds an internal loft space, maximising the internal head height of your roof, and creating a more spacious, favourable double hip-to-gable extension.

Mansard Conversion

Mansard conversions run along the whole length of your roof, altering the angle of the roof slope and making it vertical, similar to hip-to-gable conversion. This option creates a significant amount of extra space for you to use as you please.

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Frequently asked Questions, click to

What areas do you cover?

Our services span the entirety of the North West, including Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Areas we cover include:

  • Manchester city centre
  • South Manchester: including Didsbury, Chorlton, Burnage, Withington, Fallowfield, and Wythenshawe
  • The city of Salford and surrounding areas, including Eccles, Little Hulton, Clifton, Pendlebury, Monton, Cadishead, Worsley, Walkden, Patricroft
  • Stockport: Bredbury, Bramhall, Gatley, Hazel Grove, Cheadle, Marple and Romiley Woodley
  • Bury: Prestwich, Toggington, Ramsbottom, Radcliffe, and Whitefield Extension
  • Trafford and Stretford -- including Altrincham, Timperley, Bowden, Hale, Sale, Urmston and Partington
  • Other cities in and around the North West of the UK, including Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton, Warrington and Wigan

Find out more about our home planning in Cheshire, Lancashire and beyond by calling us on 01625 885 030.

What do your architectural services include?

We provide a range of architectural services, which we tailor around individual homeowners to ensure we are meeting your exact needs.

If you need an architect in Manchester, our team of experienced home planners can help. As part of our architectural services, our team will:

  • Conduct a one-to-one meeting with you where we will discuss your plans, aims, budget and timeframe
  • Apply local planning policies using our knowledge of North West planning and building regulations to
  • Take considerations into planning permission, if applicable to the size and scale of your building project
  • Create detailed blueprints and floorplans to be presented to your local authority in a planning permission application and/or used by builders to inform the new build
  • Conduct ongoing site visits where appropriate, where we will assess the area and property to inform our planning and building estimates
  • Ensure every stage of the planning process is conducted methodically and carefully, to achieve the best final results

Our experienced team will work closely with you to ensure all your needs are met, and will work carefully through the design process so that every area of the planning stage is completed to the highest quality. Call on on 01625 885 030 to find out more about our planning drawings in Manchester and the North West.

What size extension can I build without planning permission?

There has been a recent dampening of permitted developments, meaning that homeowners are now able to add extensions up to six metres (or eight metres) if their home is detached.

For all other types of homes, homeowners can extend up to six metres under the new rules.

Is it cheaper to build your extension?

It is cheaper to build your extensions, but it can be difficult to execute the entirety of the extension. An ideal way to do this would be to plan your extension, find the cost using our design and planning calculator, and call us for additional help on what to do next.

What is the average cost of a loft conversion?

This will depend on the type of loft conversion you want to implement in your home. For example, a dormer conversion can take up to 6 weeks and can cost around £45,000 depending on the size of your home.

You can get an estimated cost for your wanted loft conversion using our dedicated loft conversion calculator.

How do I get planning permission in Manchester?

Generally speaking, you need planning permission if your conversion or home extension plans involve building something which is taller than 4 metres in height, or longer than 3 metres. Anything more than a single storey tends to need neighbour and/or planning permission.

You can apply for planning permission through your local authority. If you live in the North West, this will change depending on what your local council is. For example, if you live in central or South Manchester this will be Manchester City Council. Likewise, if you live in the city of Salford, or the city of Bolton for instance, you will need to apply through your respective councils. If you are unsure, you can find out who should apply for planning permission with by looking at which council you pay your council tax to.

The application process for planning permission can be straightforward to complex, depending on several different factors. For instance, if your house extension plan may be likely to drastically clash with the look of other homes on your street, the build may take longer to approve. This can be the case if you live in a traditional house and many of your neighbour's homes are also traditional, and you wish to build a noticeably modern extension.

A huge part of being given planning permission by your local authority is to do with having quality designs and planning drawings. Manchester city council, as well as other North West councils responsible for giving building control permission, will look for well-planned, detailed architect plans before making their decision to grant or deny.

At FC extensions, we consider the need for planning permission and potential applications and ensure our drawings and floorplans are highly accurate and detailed. This gives you the highest possible chance of having your home designs accepted.

What is the cost of architect plans for extensions in Manchester?

Architects in Manchester and the surrounding areas tend to charge anything between 5 and 12% of the total building cost to create a blueprint for an extension or refurbishment design. The amount you pay depends on the quality of their work.

Can I design my own extension?

If you want to have the creative freedom of your home extension project, you can design your own extension. An architectural drawing will be needed for your new extensions, however, to deliver a full planning application, which ensures a professional process for your new extensions.

Who can help design an extension?

Architects and home planners are the ideal sources to design an extension. Luckily, our team of home extension planners in Manchester are perfectly experienced and positioned to help you craft your ideal extension project.

Our design and planning services can help you bridge the gap between designing the building your project.

Can I draw my own loft conversion plans?

Like home extensions, it’s possible for you to draw your own loft conversion plans. But, it is highly recommended that you use a professional to outline your dream conversion blueprint to ensure your plan is both effective and brings an ideal amount of space and style to your home.