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Planning Time Frames and How to Make the Most of the Space in Your Home.

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Christmas is approaching, with just 11 weeks left!

It seems like 2023 has gone by in a flash, and many of us have been unable to achieve our goals due to various challenges such as time, work, and finances. The year has brought many changes, including increased mortgage rates, electricity and gas bills. Perhaps you haven't found your dream home yet, and with the housing market slowing down, it's time to maximize the use of your current space. However, 2024 is a new year, and our team is here to support you every step of the way.

In this blog, we'll discuss planning time frames and maximizing your space.

Planning Time Frames:

Free Consultation

We offer a FREE consultation that includes a complete project brief and a discussion of the various planning processes involved. This consultation is a fantastic chance for us to hear your ideas, dreams, and requirements. Typically, our free consultations can be scheduled within 1-2 weeks.


If you're satisfied with our fee proposal, you can instruct us to proceed. We'll then schedule your survey and conduct a thorough examination of your property to obtain accurate measurements. Following this, we'll create detailed existing floor plans and elevations. Typically, surveys can be arranged within one to two weeks.

Design and Architectural Drawing Pack

Now that we have precise and comprehensive existing floor plans and elevations, we can begin developing your design and architectural drawing pack. This pack will include the following components:

  • Existing floor plans and elevations

  • Proposed floor plans and elevations

  • Site location plan

  • Block plan

As your agent, we will submit your application and manage all communication. Typically, it takes us about four to six weeks to complete this package.

Planning Application

Acting as your agent we will handle all communication from your local authority and attend any meetings on your behalf. As soon as we receive a decision, we will then contact you. With a 100% approval rate and unparalleled customer service, we keep you informed throughout the entire process. Depending on your local authority, the planning process may take up to 8-10 weeks to grant a result.

The next step is to search for a skilled builder to take on your project. Keep in mind that most reputable builders are often booked six months in advance. Therefore, if you start planning now, you will be well-prepared for Christmas 2024.

Maximizing Your Space with Lloyd Harden Design

· Loft Conversions – Maximize the potential of your home by opting for a loft conversion. With this option, you can easily create an extra bedroom, office, or even a luxurious master suite without the hassle of moving houses.

· Barn Conversions – convert old to new. Do you have a barn attached to your house or on your property that's currently used for storage? By converting it, you could gain an annex or even increase your living space – a fantastic solution for maximizing the potential of your property.

· Floor Plan Re configurations – If you feel like you're not utilizing your living space efficiently and require an additional bedroom or utility room, our team can assist you in determining the best course of action to maximize the available area.

· House Extensions - A house extension can do wonders for your home's aesthetic; it can modernise the appearance and give you and your family a versatile space that can adapt to your changing needs.

· Garden Rooms - Are you in need of additional workspace, guest accommodations or simply a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of your home? Consider adding an annex or garden room to your property to make the most of your space.

· New Builds - Our team specializes in creating new build designs from concept to completion. We are here to help you through the process of embarking on your own grand design. Whether you have a plot of land that's been dormant or you're looking to build another home on a plot you already own, we're happy to guide you through the process.

For more information, please contact us to book your free consultation.

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