Making the most out of your home by extending - what are your choices?

As a homeowner, you want to make the most out of your home extension layout. Additional spaces can help you unlock the potential of your property, while allowing you to create a space that suits your personality.

The planning permission, design and construction stages of a home extension often focus on exteriors, how the neighbours will be affected, whether it’s in keeping with the rest of the area and how it flows with the rest of the building. But it’s important to consider how your extension enhances your day-to-day life.

We’ll show you how to design your house extension to add space, comfort and value to your home, with examples of inspiring home extension layouts and an explanations of why they work so well.

Good layout configuration will make your home extension look and feel like it has always been there. High quality design adds value to your property and makes your home a pleasure to live in.


Home Extensions Types

Working out the best home extension layout for you and your family can be tricky and will depend on the spatial-limitations of your extension. First, let’s review the different kinds of extensions:

  • Basement Extensions: Creating a space beneath your home, usually to provide entertainment spaces or additional spaces to your home. This will add an additional storey to your home.

  • Rear Extensions: To the rear of your property, single or double storey in height.

  • Side Extensions: To the side of your property, single or double storey in height.

  • Double Storey Rear / Side Extensions: Adding rooms to your first floor as well as the ground floor, either to the side or to the rear.

  • Wrap-around Extensions: At the side and rear of your property, usually single storey.

  • Dormer Loft Extensions: Extension to the rear roof slope in a box-like style.

  • Hip-to-Gable Loft Extensions: Alteration of the entire roof type to become a larger internal space for conversion into habitable space.

  • Mansard Extensions: Creating additional space by altering the rear roof slope and converting into a habitable space.

  • Additional Floor Extensions: Adding an entire floor onto your property. This also means raising the roof height an extra floor level.

Your Home Extension Brief

Before you decide what type of home extension you want, it’s a good idea to think about what your home is missing. Here are seven questions to help you get started:

  1. Do you need more open-plan living space for the family?

  2. Do you need additional bedrooms and utility room?

  3. Do you need additional bathroom space?

  4. Do you want a master bedroom in the loft?

  5. Do you need a study or office space?

  6. Do you want brighter spaces with more natural light?

  7. Do you want the spaces to be more easily accessible?

After you’ve worked out what you need, you should be able to determine what type of extension you want and can start designing your layout.


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