Your home is a reflection of your unique style and personality, and as your needs and preferences change over time, it's only natural to want to make updates and improvements to your living space.

One of the best ways to achieve this is by carrying out internal alterations to your home.

Whether you're looking to create more space, update outdated features, or improve functionality, internal alterations can breathe new life into your home and enhance your daily living experience.

In general, any internal alteration that involves changes to the structural integrity or layout of your home will require a building warrant.

Here are some examples of internal alteration projects that may require a building warrant:

Removing load-bearing walls: If you're planning to remove a wall that supports the weight of the structure above it, you will need a building warrant to ensure that the structural integrity of your home is not compromised.

Adding new openings: If you're planning to create a new opening in a load-bearing wall or floor, such as a new doorway or skylight, you will need a building warrant to ensure that the new opening does not compromise the structural integrity of your home.

Changing the use of a room: If you're planning to change the use of a room, such as converting a bedroom into a kitchen & vice versa, you will need a building warrant to ensure that the space is suitable for its new purpose and meets all necessary safety requirements.

Here are some frequently asked questions that people ask about internal alterations

In most cases, planning permission is not required for internal alterations that do not affect the exterior of your home. However, if your project involves significant changes to the structure or layout of your home, you will need to obtain a building warrant.

The duration of an internal alteration project can vary depending on the scope and complexity of the work, as well as factors such as your contractor’s availability and the time required to obtain necessary permits. A small project such as removing a wall may take only a few days, while a larger project like a whole house renovation may take several weeks or even months.

As mentioned earlier, internal alterations that involve changes to the structural integrity or layout of your home will typically require a building warrant. We can help you determine which permits are needed for your specific project.

The cost of an internal alteration project can vary widely depending on factors such as the size of the project, the materials used, and the level of customization involved. It’s important to establish a clear budget for your project before beginning work and to work with your contractor or architect/designer to develop a detailed cost estimate.

This will depend on your level of experience and the complexity of the project. Some small projects like painting or changing light fixtures can be done by homeowners with basic DIY skills, while larger projects like adding a room or removing a load-bearing wall will typically require professional assistance.

Generally speaking, internal alterations that improve the functionality, flow, and visual appeal of your home can increase its overall value. However, the extent to which your home’s value will be affected will depend on factors such as the quality of the work, the materials used, and the current state of the housing market in your area.

This will depend on the scope and complexity of the project, as well as your own preferences. In some cases, it may be necessary to move out of your home temporarily during the project, while in other cases, you may be able to continue living in your home during the work with minimal disruption.

This will vary depending on the contractor or company you choose to work with. It’s important to ask about warranties or guarantees before beginning work, and to read the terms and conditions carefully to ensure that you understand what is covered.

Making changes to a project once it has started can be challenging and can add time and cost to the project. It’s important to communicate any desired changes to your contractor or designer as early as possible in the process to avoid delays or complications.

At John Webster Architecture, we have extensive experience designing internal alterations for a wide range of properties, including traditional tenements, flats, detached, terraced, and semi-detached houses, and bungalows.

Regardless of your property type, we understand that every home is unique, and we take the time to get to know you and your specific needs to create a design that is tailor-made for your lifestyle.

We pride ourselves on our ability to find creative solutions to even the most complex design challenges. With us, you can trust that your design will be both beautiful and functional and that every detail will be thoughtfully considered. From maximizing storage space to improving natural light, we'll help you make the most of your home's potential while delivering a space that you'll love for years to come.

With our experience and expertise, you can trust us to design an internal alteration that not only meets your needs but exceeds your expectations.