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Extension Mistakes You Should Avoid

It starts with a vision. More to enjoy the home you currently occupy. It can be a new hobby room, indoor gym, or extra living space. Either way, you have the space to make it a reality and the desire to see it come to life. If it is time to make that extension work, it is an exciting time when your potential is about to be made a reality, but be weary – there are many extension mistakes you can make on the path to your dream home.

At Cheadle Architects, we have witnessed a few nightmares play out with people doing their extensions. These are the most common.

The Conservatory

A conservatory can be a nice addition, but when it comes to an extension, it is a big mistake. In the summer months, they are hot and stuffy. In the winter, they are too cold to sit in. They block the natural light into your home and obstruct the view into the garden.

A conservatory rapidly descends into a useless room for your home, filled with comfy chairs that rarely get used. That wasted room could be something much better utilized. A conservatory cannot be built on top of it, and the doors cannot be removed due to a breach of building regulations. Instead, talk with architects in Manchester about using that space much more practically with a home extension in Manchester.

Ignoring Your Options

When you want to extend your home, you may think there is only one way to go about it. Truthfully, there may be many options to keep things cost-effective with your design.

Having a concept design workshop with your Cheadle architect on the entire project will help you to previsualize your result and identify any problems that could prove costly, allowing for any alternative options to present themselves. Without this step, you could spend way over your budget by doing something that serves a short-term use over a long-term one.

Ignoring Planning Permissions

Some homeowners believe permitted development means they can go ahead and build – but you still need to prove that it was permitted with a certificate of lawful development.

If you are extending your property, we recommend you get everything drawn out and ascertain whether it is a permitted development or not. Even knocking down an existing part of your property (like an old coal shed or garage) can start a planning application, so ensure that you are working within the regulations.

This is an area that your architects in Manchester can help you with, and you should call upon their expertise to help you avoid any trouble. Contact the team at Cheadle Architects today for any home renovation or Manchester home extension work to help avoid the costly mistakes that make your extension project a nightmare.


We had met with three architects prior to meeting Stelios. This meant that we really knew what could be achieved and how professionals behaved in our property.
From the start, Stelios blew us away. He was thorough, honest and listened carefully to all we both required from our home. He didn’t make wild promises but worked logically through all the options explaining every step.
By the end, we had a very clear and wonderful design really taking into account all our likes and wants for the build. He made changes in a very short period of time whenever we thought of something new and helped us visualise stages if we were ever unsure. And our builders were more than happy to have drawings in front of them which gave us confidence we were all on the same page.
Stelios went above and beyond connecting us with a structural engineer, and visiting the build site several times – just out of interest and enthusiasm – offering invaluable suggestions and advice which ultimately helped us achieve the family home we dreamt of.
It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Stelios and we couldn’t recommend highly enough. Thank you, Stelios!

Now nearing completion, I thought this an opportune time to write a testimonial for Stelios from Cheadle Architects.

Liz and I always dreamt of that showroom quality, bright white open plan kitchen diner … the kind you see on TV and not in your own house, but where do you start? … The answer is simple, find someone who shares your vision, grabs it by both hands and not only delivers the goods, but improves on your ideas 10-fold! – Stelios was that person.

From the moment we discussed our ideas you could tell his creative cogs where turning… Not only did he provide us with 1 option, but 3!!! … each detailed to a high level. We would have never thought of squeezing in a utility room with its own external access, let alone removing the whole ground floor wall of the house and stepping back into the existing property nearly 2m.

Stelios organised all the necessary civils, building regs etc and delivered professionally whilst working to a tight timeline so the builders could start without delay.

Stelios – You did a great job and worked long hours to get this sorted for us… So… something I think I be repeating a lot … word of mouth goes along way… and I certainly will not be shy in telling everyone who asks who designed our wonderful extension…. “Stelios from Cheadle Architects did!”.

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