How to choose the right extension for you
If you find you have outgrown your current living space, then it might be time to consider a house extension, which is a popular way to increase space, and, in most cases, add value to your property. The main types of house extensions include single-storey side or rear extensions, double or multiple storey extensions, and side return extensions.
If you've decided to expand your home with an extension, there are a couple of important factors that should be considered before deciding on the most suitable type. As they come in different shapes and sizes, it is vital to do adequate research, in order to know which type works best with your house plan. This allows for manageable expectations and enables you to be better prepared when communicating what you want with the designers.
Realistically, there are two main questions you need to ask yourself; what do I need the extension for? And how much space do I have to extend into? Having the answers to these questions will also enable you to identify the driving forces behind any home extension. Ultimately, you should be satisfied that both of these questions have been answered before going ahead with any build.
With all of this in mind, we've listed some of the top reasons for needing a house extension in London and how you can achieve it using one of the different extension types.
I need a bigger living space
Needing a greater amount of space is, by far, the most common answer our design and build team get when asking a client the reason behind their extension. Many properties in Greater London are of a decent size, but as families grow and situations change, more space is often needed to accommodate this. Also, as house prices rise, it has become an increasingly popular option to invest in a home extension rather than to move to a new house entirely, which is time-consuming, costly and stressful.
If you're looking to increase the space in both upstairs and downstairs living areas, a double-storey extension could be ideal. In most cases, this type of extension is built to the rear or side of your property in order to create new space across two floors. Whilst this is a more expensive option, it is perfect for expanding a London home that has plenty of outside space but limited indoor living space. This type of extension can also give you a much bigger house with increased value at a fraction of the cost of moving.
I'd like a bigger kitchen
Often referred to as the heartbeat of any home, the kitchen is an important communal area. If you are looking to extend your kitchen, the most common solution is a side return extension - if there is plenty of available space, this could see your kitchen double in size – a dream for any avid cook or someone who loves entertaining guests!
A side return extension is often regarded as the least expensive form of a house extension. It is particularly popular with owners of detached houses, as they are utilising the side alleyway ‘wasted space’ for the kitchen extension. With this type of extension, glazed ceilings are commonly used to allow natural light into the room.
This extension can add a few metres to the kitchen width and can make a sufficient difference, turning your once-small kitchen into a bigger, brighter kitchen and dining space. Depending on the size of the extension, many opt for adding extra counters to their kitchen space and even including a ‘breakfast bar’ style counter, with high stools for seating. In this instance, through the extension, the kitchen has now been transformed into a spacious, modern place to sit and eat.
I want a bigger kitchen and more living space
It's often a common theme in London properties to have an open-plan design, making it easier to entertain guests and to give the illusion of a much bigger inside space. If this is what you are looking for, then a wrap-around or rear extension could be the answer. A rear extension simply extends into your rear garden, whereas a wrap-around extension does this and also extends around the side of your home.
This type of extension can be a gateway towards incorporating the inside-out feel within your home. If you have a big garden, then redesigning the format by adding an outdoor dining table and installing Bifold doors, can allow further space to open up and make your kitchen or living space bigger.
These types of internal property alterations can create a sophisticated open-plan area that combines the kitchen, living and dining area.
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