1. Single Storey
The single-storey extension is self-explanatory: it simply joins on to the home at ground level, generally at the rear or on the side of the building. This type of home extension has become popular with homeowners who wish to create more living and/or kitchen space or an entertainment area.
Oversized windows, roof windows and glass panels are a great way to turn your single-story extension into a light, bright and airy zone, which is beautifully connected with the outdoors.
Your single-story extension may fall under the category of Permitted Development (meaning it may not require a permit) if it does not extend more than 6 meters beyond the original wall of a semi-detached home, or 8 meters of a detached home. Talk to your builder about whether you will require a permit for your build.
2. Side Return Extension
The side return extension is a great way of gaining extra room inside the semi-detached end of terrace homes, without losing any of the rear garden. In fact, these few feet at the side of the property which is often used as a general dumping ground for outdoor equipment, rubbish bins and a host of other odds and ends, can be used to transform the functionality of your home.
Extending on the side of your property has the potential for Party Wall issues, however, if you’re on good terms with your neighbours, this can often be avoided by discussing your proposed extension before you begin building.
When considering side extension ideas, UK homeowners should think kitchen, living space, hobby area, home office… the possibilities are endless.