DON’T forget to get permission. Planning permission is, of course, sometimes required for building work, but it’s not always obvious when you need planning and when you don’t – ask your local council if in doubt.
Flats and maisonettes don’t have permitted development (PD) rights, so if you live in one you’ll need planning for things that you wouldn’t if you lived in a house, such as erecting a garden shed.
Some houses have had their PD rights removed, particularly on ‘designated land’ (which includes conservation areas) where PD rights are restricted anyway.
If your home is listed, alterations usually require listed building consent from your local council, or in some cases English Heritage or in Wales Cadw. And if your home is leasehold, you usually need the freeholder’s permission for alterations, depending on what the lease says. Even if you own a share of the freehold, you still need the other freeholders to agree.