Home extension design guide for Mid Beds Council
Home extension design guide tip:-
Before starting to design the extension or alteration, draw a plan of the house and the whole of
the site including parts of neighbouring properties, noting all the factors outlined
This may help to analyse the issues and will help to justify the decisions
taken. Include the north point in order to establish the path of the sun. Obtain an Ordnance Survey map of the site
and the surrounding area to check the impact of major alterations on the wider area.
Stand back and look at the house within the setting of the street as a whole and imagine the
effect of the proposed alterations or extension as others might see it. Will the positive aspects of the
street and the views of the property be maintained or even enhanced by the
The following questions can help to identify the character of the surroundings, suggesting
important factors which should influence the design of the alterations and
• Do all the houses have spaces between them? Would the proposals harm this
• Do all the houses appear to have the same number of storeys? Would the
proposals change the scale of the street?
• Is there a dominant style or colour of materials? Would the materials chosen
for the proposed work jar or fit in with the established materials and styles?
• Are there particular proportions to the windows? Are they more vertical than
horizontal for instance?
• Is there a pattern of features which gives the street its character, such as
bay windows, porches, chimneys?
• Do the front boundaries share common characteristics? For example, hedges, low
walls, railings or substantial gateposts
• Even though proposals may be located at the rear, are they likely to be
visible from the street or the wider setting? For example if the property is near a corner, would this be a
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Bedforshire District Council