Home improvement projects

Are you thinking of making improvements to your home? From smaller projects such as replacement windows or adding an outbuilding to embarking on an entirely self-built home; our advice and interactive guides can help to steer and support your project, from the planning stage through to completion.

The page is split into three main sections to guide you at each stage of the project. Use the yellow buttons to expand or the grey buttons to minimise the information in each section.

If you are unsure about what project would be best for your home, you can search our interactive guides to find out what you are allowed to do under the permitted development rules.

Whether you are thinking of a loft conversion, an extension or a new kitchen, making significant improvements to your home will require detailed planning and research.

This section gives advice on how to get your project started. Here you can research over 50 different projects, access our homeowner guidance, make an application for planning permission and building regulations approval online and find a local tradesperson.

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Find information and guidance about your responsibilities and considerations before you start work, lawful development certificates and learn about building contracts.

In this section you can find information and guidance about your responsibilities and consider what you need to do before you start the build phase of your project. You can also learn about how a building contract can provide peace of mind and in what situation you may need a lawful development certificate.

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Completing your project

Explore our guidance on improving the interior and exterior of your home and find out how building regulations may apply to the changes you make. In this section you can also read about successful home improvement projects and recommendations.

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Interactive guides

Explore our interactive guides to find out information on many common householder projects, including garage conversions, shed construction and basement conversions, in England. Our mini guides provide visual clarification of the permitted development rules for specific projects.