Extending a house can be the perfect way to create extra space, avoid the upheaval of moving, and add value to your property. If you are thinking of having an extension built, here is an overview of some the different ways in which it can be done.
Rear house extension
This is one of the most popular types of extension. It’s built at the back of the property, taking up some of the existing garden or yard. They are often used when the inside space is being reconfigured to include an open-plan kitchen and living area. A single storey extension won’t normally require planning permission, but a two-storey extension may do.
Side return extension
Side extensions make use of dead space that runs along the side of the house. It might not seem worth the trouble at first, but because it runs the whole length of the building, it can make a surprising difference, and really open up a living space. They work well to convert a cramped kitchen into a more workable area.
Wrap around extensions
This combines the side and rear extension, to form an ‘L’ shape, and really maximises the floorspace of your home. They can be used to create an open family living area, or to add a utility room, or a sun room.
Orangery or conservatory
A conservatory is a glazed structure which can create a bridge between the indoor and outdoor space. An orangery combines large glazed areas with brickwork and full roof with a lantern, and is easier to use as an extra room to the house.
This is not technically an extension, but if you don’t use your garage for any great purpose, and you need extra living space, it is well worth having it converted and incorporated into your home.
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