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Types of house extensions
Below is list of some of the different types of house extension.
A side return extension is a popular way of making use of potentially wasted space at the side of a home. It is an effective way to create more living space while making any home feel more secure. Another bonus of this type of extension is that it generally falls under permitted development, so planning permission may not be required. And even though it may not be huge, homeowners can gain a surprising amount of usable space.
If a homeowner really needs some extra space, consider a rear extension into the garden. Whether a homeowner is looking to create a kitchen/diner, a bigger living room or a bespoke conservatory, a rear extension can provide versatility. Smaller extensions generally don’t require planning permission but can take up to six months from initial plans to final completion.
Homeowners looking to create a spacious open plan living area might consider a wraparound extension that includes both a rear and side return extension. This style of extension optimises available space. Although this type of extension is typically larger than a side return or rear extension alone, planning permission may not be required, depending on permitted development rules. However, depending on the design, a wraparound extension can be more costly and take longer to build.
Homeowners needing an extra bedroom might consider a double-storey extension. They’re can be cost-effective, delivering around twice the space for less than the cost of a similar size single-storey extension. However, planning permission will generally be required, which can add to the time and cost of the build.
For homeowners looking for extra bedrooms or a large home office, extending into an unused attic could be the solution. A dormer creates additional space by adding a box-shaped extension to your existing loft, for example making a place for a desk or bed. Attic extensions can be a cost-effective way to get extra space within permitted development rights and without requiring significant costly building work.
 Garage or outbuilding extension
Extending living space into a garage or other outbuilding can be a way for homeowners to add value to their home. This type of extension is well-suited for a home gym, utility room or business premises, but it’s worth bearing in mind that a garage conversion is relatively expensive. Planning permission is generally required, and new foundations may need to be created to extend the footprint of the home. An alternative idea could be to add an extra bedroom or bathroom with a double-storey garage extension.
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