Grand Designs, 2012

AndArchitects were featured in an article in Grand Designs in 2012:

‘When James and Emma O’Neill realised they were bursting out of their end-of-terrace home in Fulham, West London, they set their minds to extending. With two children under five, they hoped to move the kitchen from a dark front room to the rear of the house and create a spacious open-plan area. Their budget was around £62,000. At first glance, it appeared to be a tricky project, mixed in red tape, but, thanks to clever use of planning legislation, it was as swift and painless as they could have hoped.

Employing London-based AndArchitects, the couple built our into the side return under permitted development rights, replacing an old lean-to with a glazed section to create a large kitchen-diner overlooking the garden.

It was finished in less than six months. ‘Using permitted development allowed us to progress the works at a pace that suited our family and budget,’ says James. ‘With so many projects being held up in planning in our area, it felt like the right way to go.’

Nonetheless, architect Manuel Nogueira counsels caution when using permitted development. ‘As a rule, we submit a plan to the council, even if it’s not strictly necessary.’ He points to the changes in permitted development regulations over the past two years. ‘The rules now allow for more, but they are more complicated and therefore more open to interpretation. Although permitted development is set nationally, it’s always better to have something on paper, especially when it comes to selling your home.’