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Types of house extensions

Many owners of small houses dream about bigger spaces and often start looking for new homes or renovate their current one by adding a house extension. Home extensions are the cheaper and more convenient way to add additional room if the construction of the existing house and the space around it allow it. Adding living space in London is very popular among residents. By doing it, people often add a living room, entertainment room, office, bedroom or a kitchen. It is very important to consider building requirements and permits when deciding what type of extension to do. The existing layout of the home plays a big role too. Here are some types of extensions to keep in mind when choosing your perfect addition and what materials to use.

1. Single Storey/Rear Extension
It is constructed at the rear of the house or along the side, opening up the house and connecting it with the garden. Single storey extension is usually determined by the space required within the property. The footprint is defined by factors like the position of existing windows, its orientation towards light, views and garden area and the proximity to neighbouring boundaries. You can choose big windows and doors or rooflights to bring in extra light from the outside. Ideally, the ceiling height between old and new spaces should be the same. However, if they’re different, the higher ceiling can be brought down by adding new battens and plasterboarding over the top. You have to make sure the flooring is laid at the same elevation as the existing one and in order for the new and old spaces to be linked seamlessly, use similar materials for the walls, floors, windows and colour schemes.

2. Multi-storey extension
With a multi-storey extension, the appearance of the house will be significantly altered. You need to look at the permitted development rights which state what you can and cannot do without the need to make a planning application. In addition, the shape of the extension, the materials used should match the current state of the house so the alterations are less obvious. The effect of Building Regulations on the outline and development will rely upon whether the expansion is two or three stories. The controls require both to have satisfactory sound protection between floors, which is effortlessly accomplished by stuffing a timber floor void brimming with a sound-absorbing mineral wool quilt. There’s additionally a requirement for at least one window to any livable room to be an escape course. The thought is that if there’s a fire, the window is low and sufficiently wide for somebody to move through, with the goal that they can either achieve a step or drop down to the ground. Otherwise, there are no noteworthy standards overseeing the escape course out of a first-floor room.

3. Sunroom
A sunroom is a permanent structure that acts as a transitional space between the home and the garden offering excellent light all year round. Heating and cooling are things to consider in order to make this space comfortable and enjoyable. The ‘hub’ is a perfect place to include a sunroom as a continuation of this space. Be that as it may, regardless of whether you make the sunroom open arrangement to the kitchen, feasting and living zone for a natural profession into the garden, or close the sunroom off utilizing connecting doors, the sunroom should feel like it has dependably been a piece of the home. Sunrooms are frequently situated on the southern height to catch the most light and furthermore remain protected from bad weather- that is why orientation is important.

4. Garage Extension
Convert the garage into a living space and avoid losing garden space. This is one of the most preferred ways to do a home extension. It usually involves changing the construction of one wall and the removal of the garage door. You can comfortably add an additional bedroom or office space in a garage.

5. Loft conversion
This type of extension offers a convenient way to transform your attic into a living space with small alterations of the appearance of the house. There are different types of loft conversions that we’ve explained in detail in our previous blog article.

We, at Right Build, specialize in all types of house extensions and our building specialists can help you decide on which is the best option for your home. Contact our friendly customer service team for more information.