Design your own house extension: the first steps

Course Dates: 07/05/20 - 28/05/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Daniela Ellis

Explore the exciting possibilities in designing a small project to extends your property and fulfil your dreams without the need to move. This short course is suitable for people who have previously studied interior design and will be a great addition to your portfolio.


What is the course about?

Design your own house extension and learn all the skills you need to draft fully outlined drawings to make a planning application. You will learn how to draft existing and proposed plans in accordance to current planning policies. This course is advanced level for students that have studied interior design.

What will we cover?

- Preparing and understanding the requirements of a design brief
- Preparing a measured survey of existing conditions and location plan
- Draft Floor Plans, Elevations, and Sections in 1:50 or/and 1:100

- Planning Regulations, Permitted Development and Policies
- An awareness of real small residential extension projects and their outcomes.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand how to prepare a design brief and the possibilities of extending a house
- Gain awareness of planning policies and regulations
- Learn how to measure and draw plans of an existing site and a building
- Learn how to draw floor plans, elevations and sections in 1:50 or/and 1:100
- Learn how to prepare a set of full outlined draft for a planning application
- Learn to read and scale from drawings.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for people who have previously studied interior design.You should be confident in carrying out simple measurements and calculations.You should also be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. Knowledge in preparing scale drawings would be an advantage.
It would be desirable that applicants have previous understanding of SketchUp or CAD or other design software; however, it would be possible to outline the proposal manually.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) Bring a personal sketchbook/notebook to mark ideas and sketches. If you have no knowledge of digital software, a set of triangular rulers would be useful. Please get in touch with your course teacher and discuss these requirements further.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can use your Interior design skills to start a new career in Interior Design with the VF500 City Lit interior design course.
City Lit offer a range of courses in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Axonometric Drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your Interior Design practice.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VF489

Thu, eve, 07 May - 28 May '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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