Getting started

Where to begin

Making significant improvements to your home requires detailed planning and research in order for it to be a success in terms of budget and timescale.

In order to help you get started as quickly as possible, we've written guidance covering the very basics of what actions you should take prior to beginning work on your project.

Firstly, whether your project is large or small, you will need to decide whether you can complete it on your own, or if you need help from professionals, such as builders or architects.

It is essential that you think about the budget that you have for your project and plan out your spend to avoid costs getting out of control. It may also be appropriate to seek extra finance as a way of paying for your project.

Lastly you'll need to understand whether your project is within permitted development limits or if you need to apply for planning permission.

Use the navigation pages on the left to find out more details.