Did you know....It is now possible to convert an existing agricultural building – barns – into homes without needing to expressly apply for planning permission.

This new class authorises change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from use as an agricultural building to a use falling within Class C3 – dwellings. It also authorises building operations 'reasonably' necessary to convert the building to residential use. 

Converting the loft is one of the most cost-effective ways to add extra living space to a home. New rooms within the roof can benefit from sunlight for much of the day, make the most of any views, and can have tremendous character due to the interesting roof shape. 
A loft conversion typically takes four to six weeks to complete and it is usually possible to continue living in your home whilst the loft is being converted. 

Wet underfloor heating systems, in which hot water produced by your heating source is pumped through pipes laid beneath the floor surface, are often more expensive to install than electric underfloor heating systems, in which electric wires supply the heat. However, wet systems are more efficient and therefore have massively lower running costs whilst performing much better.


Permitted developments are changes and additions you can make to your home without applying to your local authority for planning permission.

If you live in a World Heritage Site, Conservation Area, National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, permitted development rights are more restricted, so some changes you might want to make to your home will need planning permission when they wouldn't if you lived elsewhere. Listed buildings are also an exception to these rights. 


RJB Architect has had a flurry of enquiries within the new year. The recession is old news and families are preparing to make the jump and pursue their long-awaited dream extension for a large open plan kitchen / diner, additional bedroom etc..... 


Most growing families are crying out for ground floor space as they acquire their children's paraphernalia. The most common solution to this new problem is to extend to the rear and create a large open plan kitchen / diner. To bring in more light deep into the plan of the house, roof lights can be introduced creating an airy open plan feel. Also bi-fold doors are a great in the summer when you can open up fully to appreciate the garden views and warmer evenings.


Approved Inspectors are companies or individuals authorised under the Building Act 1984 to carry out building control work in England and Wales.

- Proactive service from experts who will help you to find solutions to all your Building Regulations problems.

- Highly commercially aware (after all, they are running businesses themselves).

- Not bogged down in bureaucracy, an Approved Inspector is there to provide advice and ideas whenever and wherever you need help.


I have noticed an influx in school projects requesting architectural visuals for extensions and alterations. Also, many schools seem to be selling sections of their redundant playing fields to developers!?