What Are The Different Types Of House Extension?

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.

Garage conversion

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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Budget Offers No Help For Homebuyers

Homeowners who were hoping the government would announce measures to help the property market in its most recent Budget might be inclined to give up on their moving plans and consider a loft conversion in Telford instead.

This is because Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to provide any further help to property buyers or sellers in the Spring Budget, announced last month (March 24th 2022).

His decision to focus on other agendas is likely to be due to the long break from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) the government introduced during the pandemic, which helped so many homebuyers get on, or move up, the property ladder.

Michael Bruce, founder of estate agent Boomin, told Property Reporter: “The stamp duty holiday introduced during the pandemic was probably the biggest bone the government has thrown homebuyers in recent times, so to expect another to come so soon after the final December deadline is certainly wishful thinking.”

The government provided relief on SDLT for residential homes bought between July 8th 2020 and September 30th 2021, meaning there was no tax to pay on homes worth up to £500,000 during this period.

In comparison, homebuyers would have normally had to spend £15,000 on tax for a property worth £500,000. Therefore, this helped keep the property market moving, as it became significantly more affordable to purchase a home than before.

However, those who missed out on this window will be disappointed to hear there is not going to be another opportunity to save so much money.

Instead of moving, property owners wanting more space will be more inclined to put their money towards extending their current residence and avoid having to pay a bigger mortgage in the long-run.