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How A Porch Can Impact Your Home


It’s very easy to overlook the qualities of a porch in a market that’s largely dominated by sales of conservatories, windows and doors. Only once you own a porch do you appreciate the massively positive impact it has on your property both visually and in terms of the invaluable space it provides.

Grand Entrance Porch

Porches and planning permission and building regulations

Before we go into the many merits of a porch, you MUST check that the porch you have set your heart on fully complies with planning laws and it will do if it’s a ‘permitted development’. For a porch to have ‘permitted development’ status it has to satisfy the following three points.

  1. The ground floor area (measured externally) would not exceed three square metres.
  2. No part would be more than three metres above ground level (height needs to be measured in the same way as for a house extension).
  3. No part of the porch would be within two metres of any boundary of the dwellinghouse and the highway.

If it falls short on one or more of the above points you will need to submit an application for planning permission.

Building regulations also need to be adhered to. Exemption from building regulations approval is assured if:

  • The front entrance door between the existing house and the new porch must remain in place
  • If the house has ramped or level access for disabled people, the porch must not adversely affect access.

Now that we’ve spoken about all that boring, albeit very important stuff, let’s inform you of a porch’s many selling points.

Secure

Win the battle against rising home crime by including a porch as it includes a number of secure features – dog bolts, multi-point locking system and anti-bump/snap cylinders.

Thermal efficiency

One of the coldest areas in a lot of homes is the hallway. The exceptional thermal performance delivered by the UPVC / aluminium frames and energy efficient glass /solid roof will keep the cold out.

Value

It is a well-known fact that home extensions add value to a property, and the same goes for porches. Their look, usefulness and the spaciousness they offer appeals to home buyers and will boost the property’s price tag.

Pennine promises a lasting porch

All of our porches come with a 20 year guarantee as we’re that confident they will endure that length of time and hopefully beyond. Book an appointment to speak more about porches to one of our experts.

 


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