A Listed Building Consent often requires that you are still able to read the original room despite having changed or extended it!

At In Ex Design, we love working with all types of buildings. Working with listed or historic building comes with a whole different set of challenges as there are many more restrictions on what works can be undertaken – particularly if you are looking to open up the space to create a better flow for modern living or that much desired large open plan space.

We have worked with a wide range of listed and historic buildings though – from Grade II listed townhouses to listed Barn conversions; in this blog we are able to share with you some of the key areas to consider.

Listed Building Consent
In general, listed building consent is required for all works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed or curtilage listed building, particularly if it the effects its character, architectural or historic interest.

Normally non structural internal alterations such as decoration or repairs (like for like) do not require planning permission. BUT exemptions to this rule might be modifications to historic features such as fireplaces, stairs, decorative plasterwork or panelling… so we advise that one should always check if the works you intend to carry out need consent or not!

At In Ex Design we understand the need to create flow in an interior, especially when adding an extension to an existing space. We consider all aspects of the space to ensure the extended space works seamlessly with the existing one.

An example of a renovation and extension to a listed property without compromising the space is our recently completed project Exeter Villa.

The Clients approached In Ex Design with a simple brief – they wanted a space within the house where the whole family could all be together at the same time.

In Ex Design explored how to achieve this connected space, establishing the concept of a small extension and slight alterations to the internal walls in order to create rooms which read as different spaces but still felt integrated.

Through the design process we produced sketches and 3D models to fully understand the limitations of the space and the integration of the different rooms. We were able to develop ideas to highlight and maintain the volume of the original building ensuring there wasn’t disruption to the historic features of the property.

The result is a scheme that highlights the original features of the listed property and pairs them with modern ones, by way of contrasts. The current owners loved the house when they bought it but wished it could function in a more modern way. The new extension, renovation to the house and alterations to the garden has allowed the property to function for the client’s family living without removing any of its historic character or charm!

If you have an awkward space which you are looking to repurpose check out our recent blog post on whether to buy or design furniture for a space. https://www.inexdesign.co.uk/buy-or-design-furniture-for-a-space/ and if you would like to speak to us about a listed or historic building, do get in touch.