If you want to improve your current home’s prestige and value, it’s worth considering an extension to your living space. But what are your options when it comes to designing your extra space?
We take a look at the types of house extension to find out which is the right fit for your home.
Side return extensions
If you live in an end of terrace or semi-detached property then this type of extension could be for you. A side return extension makes use of the path or passage at the side of your home. It can greatly increase your security as well as maximising your living space.
Although a side return extension only adds a few square metres to the footprint of your home, this type of extension also has the bonus that planning permission isn’t required.
If you’re happy to lose a little outdoor space, a rear extension into the garden is a great way to create some extra space. This type of extension really works to highlight outstanding features like beautiful landscaping, especially if you include plenty of glass to make the most of the views.
Rear extensions usually fall within Permitted Development rights but can take up to six months to plan and build.
Extending to the side and the rear with a wrap-around extension is perfect for larger families craving some open-plan living space. This type of extension can also integrate with a period property to create a contemporary kitchen-diner or other large inviting living space.
In addition, planning permission is rarely required although the larger the extension, the longer it takes to build.
If you need to create an additional bedroom as well as ground floor living space, take your side return, rear or wrap-around extension up another storey.
Despite the increase in space, two-storey extensions are often more economical to build because of the lesser requirement for foundations. However, you – or your architect – will need to contact your local authority and arrange for planning permission if you decide to go ahead and build upwards.
Attic or loft extension
If you want to add a master suite or a spacious home office, an attic or loft extension presents plenty of opportunities to make the most of an underutilised space. If an en-suite bathroom is a must, opt for a dormer extension that squares off the pitch of the roof for better head height.
Like a small single-storey extension, you generally won’t need planning permission and this can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add space and value to your home.
Garage or outbuilding extension
If you really want to expand the footprint of your home, adding a garage, utility room, outdoor office or even a swimming pool is a great way to add value and prestige to your property.
Otherwise, you could extend into existing garages and outbuildings to create useable space. If you’re prepared to wait for planning permission, a double-storey garage extension can add significantly to your square footage.
Whenever you extend your house beyond Permitted Development rights you’ll need to apply for planning permission. In addition, large scale extensions require new foundations, so budget for the cost of your new extension to be on the high side.
Time to extend?
Whether you want a new space for an extended home office, more room for a growing family or just to improve your property’s value, an extension is a great solution.
Whatever your reasons for extending your home, it pays to make a well-informed choice. Get it right and you’ll add value to your property while your home enjoys a new lease of life.