House Extensions

Many existing houses do not offer contemporary requirements, such as a large living kitchen, en-suite bathroom or large openings to the garden. Sometimes a growing family means that additional accommodation is required, without the expense of moving home.

We can either re-design your existing space or design an extension with internal alterations to create the home you need. We will discuss your requirements and your budget, giving advice on how to achieve the best outcome.
We have drawn plans for extensions for all types of houses, from a two bedroom mid-terrace to a large detached country house, all with a considered view to client’s particular circumstances. Very few projects are the same; some clients want vaulted ceilings, others roof lanterns, some contemporary and others traditional.

Single storey extension to provide kitchen/dining/living area

The result, however, should always be the same; pleasure and enjoyment from a new living space.

In recent years, the idea of separate kitchen and reception rooms has become less appealing. Increasingly, the requirement is for a large, open-plan living space that combines a kitchen, eating and sitting area. A well-designed kitchen extension will enhance day to day living as well as adding significant value to your home.

The original house had several smaller rooms to the rear. The addition of a single storey extension and internal alterations has created a large, open plan living area, with full wall glazing to the rear garden. A roof lantern allows additional light into the area.
Single storey flat roof extension to Victorian semi-detached house.

Depending on the style of the existing house, a kitchen/living extension may be single storey to the rear, side, or wrap around the house if there is sufficient space to one or both sides.

Roof-lights or lanterns can be incorporated to increase light into a room, as well as the addition of floor to ceiling glazed bi-fold or sliding doors.

Internally, existing rooms can be combined into the extension or revised to create additional useful rooms, such as a utility, playroom or home office.

Internal of Victorian semi kitchen extension
Plans for rear, flat roof extension to Victorain semi-detached house.

A two storey extension adds additional space throughout a house, usually adding considerable value as well. The extension may be to the front, side or rear, perhaps taking the form of a gable addition or visually widening the dwelling.

Many houses have an attached garage, with the possibility of a room being constructed above, or an extension to the side that incorporates a garage, plus a room above. It is possible to construct a single storey extension with the aim of a further first floor extension above at later date.

For further space, a two storey extension can have an additional single storey ground floor extension to provide more space at the rear, or perhaps a porch to the front.

Single storey extension to side of dwelling , within a conservation area
Rear of above extension

A bungalow can be converted into a full two storey dwelling (for an example, see our “profile” page,) or a one and a half storey, with the first floor being partially in the roof space.

Works commencing to 1970’s bungalow
1970’s bungalow above, converted to one and a half storey dwelling and clad in Northamptonshire ironstone

Design consideration must also be given to the internal alterations that will be required to access the new spaces, as this is vitally important to maximise the usage and added value.
There are many options to create more space or simply revise your house layout to accommodate your particular needs. The removal of one or more internal walls can create the contemporary requirement of a large kitchen/living space, for example, without the need for an extension.

A spare bedroom may be better used as an en-suite shower/ bathroom or perhaps a dressing room. There may be the space to create an en-suite from part of a large landing area. Alternatively, a ground floor bedroom with a bathroom facility may be required, when using the stairs regularly is no longer an option.

In order to make a house feel more spacious, the addition of bi-fold or sliding doors can not only bring in more light, but also maximise the use of a patio or terrace.

Whatever your requirements, we can advise on how you can make the most of your space, whilst adding value to your home as well.

Building regulations approval is required for all structural internal alterations.