Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead

Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead

Eager to renovate your home? Before you get started, it could be important to make a few checks to make sure that your project is legal and feasible. Below are some of the big things that could stop your renovations going ahead – including how to check for them and what you may be able to do to work around them. 

Local Restrictions

Some areas of the UK – including national parks and areas of outstanding beauty – have strict laws in place prohibiting certain developments in order to preserve the natural beauty of the area. In other cases, towns or neighbourhoods may have conservation rules in place to protect the identity and heritage.

If you think that you live in such an area, it’s worth seeking planning permission before making any renovations. Extensions and noticeable exterior improvements that are carried out without permission could result in costly fines and you’ll usually be forced to stop work and tear them down. Interior improvements are unlikely to be affected by these rules – if you need extra space in your home, consider whether converting a loft, garage or cupboard under the stairs is a viable option.

Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead: Protected Building Features

Some buildings are protected, which means you may be limited as to what renovations you can make (both to the exterior and interior). Most buildings constructed before 1850 are ‘listed buildings’ and may have such restrictions – this could be something to consider if you live in an old house. Other buildings may be seen to have architectural significance and may also carry development restrictions. 

Seek out planning permission if you think your home could be affected. In some cases, you may still be able to make extensions and conversion providing that no original features are destroyed (and providing that any new features fit the architectural style). 

Disturbance to Wildlife

Renovations can sometimes be banned if they have a negative impact on local wildlife. An attic or barn that is home to bats may be protected. Trees may also be protected if they are home to birds.

If you have bats in your home, it’s worth carrying out a bat survey using services found at sites such as If you’re thinking of removing a tree, you may have to hire a certified arborist to assess it first. In some cases, it may be possible to relocate wildlife safely in order to carry out renovations, however, this may not always be the case.

Neighbour objections

Neighbours can sometimes object to renovations. This is particularly the case if an improvement infringes on privacy, blocks out sunlight or affects views. Some neighbours may even object to renovations simply on the grounds of noise. 

It’s a good idea to always check with your neighbours before carrying out any renovations. If you think neighbours are objecting unfairly, you may be able to appeal to your local planning committee. Generally, if an improvement does not go against planning regulations and is not being contested by multiple neighbours, a planning committee will vote in your favour and allow your improvement to go ahead. This post at discusses more about neighbour objections. 

Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead -Unplanned costs

Poor budgeting is a common roadblock. You may find that you’re able to get started on the renovation if you don’t have to pay the money all upfront, however once the money runs out, any labourers you have hired are within their rights to stop working. This could result in a half-finished renovation.

Once you have a detailed plan of all the costs, consider whether you are able to realistically fund the whole project. Budget for 10% more than you need – this will cover any unplanned costs such as last minute adjustments, disruptions due to weather or increases in energy bills during renovation. 

Four Reasons To Upgrade The Kitchen

Four Reasons To Upgrade The Kitchen

Having decided to renovate your home by updating the kitchen and then having started planning you might be overwhelmed by how much actually goes into a project like this. Maintain your motivation by reminding yourself why you decided to upgrade the kitchen. There are many reasons to upgrade the kitchen, here are a few that might strike a chord with you.

Enjoying Kitchen Design Trends

We all know that design trends come back around every now and then but for it to be the right time for you to end them it just has to be the right time. If you’ve fallen in love with a specific style or want a modernised version of a kitchen you had in the past, why not? Do your research before committing though as you want something that will be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

The Renovation Contentment Factor

You’ve been itching to make a change to your kitchen and you’ve finally done it. You’ve lived without your appliances while the upgrades took place and you’ve dealt with the constant calculations and changes and the new cabinets you just had to have. You’ve done the hard bit, and so the contentment that you feel every time that you look at your brand new kitchen is something well earned. There doesn’t always have to be a practical reason to upgrade your kitchen; sometimes just wanting to be happy with the feel of it is enough.

Upgrade The Kitchen For Added Value

On a more serious note, you might choose to sell your house one day. If you do, your home is going to be valued a lot higher than it was the first time around. Your brand new kitchen will woo buyers. A successful renovation will look great, increase the house value and you will also earn back the money that you spent on the kitchen in the first place. 

Upgrade The Kitchen To Save Time

 If you are going to spend a ton of time in space, you want it to work for you. Modern kitchens are all the rage at the moment because they offer great designs and excellent practical features. If you can design a kitchen to work for you, you will save time and effort when cooking, cleaning and entertaining in your new kitchen.