16th September 2021

Five Stunning Home Extension Ideas

A home extension is a cost-effective option for selling your home or building a new house when you need extra space. Home extensions can be additional living space, workspace, or used to house guests. You may also add an extension to your home for extended family, such as an aging parent. Here are five inspirational approaches for a home extension.

Porch

Usually, a porch is a small home extension fitted around the front door of the house, but you do not need to limit the size of the porch, and some home owners choose to have a larger extension built to the side of the front door, or onto the rear of the house. As a porch is not designed as living space but rather as storage for bicycles, outdoor footwear, coats, etc., it is usually a simple structure consisting of four walls, a ceiling, a door, and perhaps windows. You can, of course, also opt to add electrical fittings such as a light and a socket.

As porches are typically small extensions, they do not require planning permission, although this is not always the case.

Conservatory

Another popular way to increase living space in a home at a reasonable cost is to build a structure known as a conservatory. Conservatories are usually constructed from UPVC, a solid but lightweight plastic, although you can also choose a conservatory made from wood or aluminium, with a tiles roof. For more details on conservatory rooves, visit https://www.transformingconservatories.co.uk. Depending on the area you live in and the size of the conservatory you would like, planning permission may or may not be required.

Single storey extension

A single-storey extension is a home extension that adjoins the existing property on ground floor level only. A single-story extension is ideal for a home office, a playroom, or additional storage space.

As with porches and conservatories, planning permission for a single-storey home extension is not always required. 

The main considerations when constructing a single story extension are the effects the extension will have on your neighbours. You need to also look at your drains and flues’ position and how a single-storey extension would work with the existing roof before deciding the best place for the extension.

Two storey extension

A multi-storey extension is the same concept as a single-storey extension with an additional floor. Due to the height of a two-storey extension, planning permission is usually required, and the position of the neighbouring homes will be taken into consideration. In rare cases, it is possible to build a two-storey extension without planning permission, although this is not often the case.

Loft extension

Loft extensions are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who need additional space for growing families. Moving can be costly when you take into consideration the costs involved with buying a larger home, as well as solicitor and estate agent fees.

A loft extension not only gives you valuable additional space but it also adds on average around 20% of the value of your property.

When you consider loft space is often approximately 25% to 30% of the existing space in the home that usually only houses junk and possibly a water cistern, it seems irrational to let it go to waste.

The cost of a loft extension depends mainly on the type of extension you choose. Maybe you want a home office or storage space, which makes the loft relatively cheap to convert. However, if you would like an additional bedroom or two with an en suite bathroom, this will be somewhat more expensive. 

Loft extension costs will also depend on the type of rafters used in the construction of the house. For example, a roof light or Velux conversion involves simply adding skylights to the existing roof, which is cheaper than a Mansard Loft Conversion where the entire roof structure has to be rebuilt.