If you’re thinking about a new home or an extension to an existing home you may well have ideas about how the internal space will look and flow; it is understandable that we’ll imagine the new rooms decorated and finished. That is the end goal and that is likely to be the vision that you see. Consideration also, naturally, needs to be given to the choice of construction materials.
Brick or natural stone are the two most commonly used building materials. For home extensions the choice is likely to be decided by the materials the existing house is built from (brick to brick or stone to stone). For a complete new build, the choices open up and multiply. Brick or stone? What type of window frame and door material? Roof tiles, guttering and all the other elements of the project come in a range of different types and styles and all need to be decided upon and planned into the overall build project.
Occasionally, choice of material will be restricted due to where you are hoping to build. Conservation areas, National Parks (such as Northumberland National Park) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the North Pennines) each have their own guidelines in order to ensure that any new project fits in with the existing, protected local environment. As the Northumberland National Park’s Local Development Framework states, ‘The design quality of new development is of the highest importance in all planning decisions and emphasis should be given to developments which embrace all aspects of design, including siting, massing, scale, proportion, rhythm, materials, and colour…’