If you’re considering a house extension, you’re well on your way to adding value and extra space to your home.

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There’s a wide range of extension designs to choose from, but which one is right for your lifestyle? We’ve taken a look at the different types of extensions to help you make the right choice.

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1. Side return extension

A side return extension is a popular way of making use of the otherwise wasted space at the side of your home. As a side return can often represent a security risk, it’s an effective way to create more living space and help you feel more secure.

Another bonus of this type of extension is that it generally falls under permitted development, so you won’t need planning permission. And even though your extension won’t be huge, you could gain a surprising amount of usable space.

2. Rear extension

If you really need some extra space, consider extending into the garden. Whether you opt for that dream kitchen/diner, a bigger living room or a bespoke conservatory, a rear extension gives you plenty of versatility.

Smaller extensions generally don’t require planning permission but can take up to six months from initial plans to final completion.

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3. Wrap around extension

If you want to create a spacious open plan living area, you could consider a wraparound extension that includes the garden and the side return. If your growing family needs room to spread, this could be an ideal solution, optimising your available space.

Although this type of extension is larger than a side return or rear extension alone, you generally won’t need planning permission. However, depending on the design, a wraparound extension can take longer to build.

4. Double storey extension

If you need an extra bedroom, consider planning for a double-storey extension. They’re surprisingly cost-effective, delivering around twice the space for less than the cost of a single-storey extension. However, you will need to apply for planning permission which can add to the time and cost of the build.

5. Attic or dormer extension

If you’re after extra bedrooms or a home office space, extending into an unused attic could be the perfect solution. A dormer creates additional space by adding a box-shaped extension to your existing loft, making it an ideal place for a desk or bed.

Attic extensions are a cost-effective way to get extra space within permitted development rights and without needing costly building work.

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6. Garage or outbuilding extension

Extending your living space into a garage or other outbuilding is a great way to add value to your home.

This type of extension is ideal for a home gym, utility room or business premises but a garage conversion is relatively expensive. You’ll require planning permission and new foundations as you extend the footprint of your home. An alternative might be to add an extra bedroom or bathroom with a double-storey garage extension.

Need more space? It could be time to extend

Do you need to stay in your neighbourhood for work or school but you’re running out of space? Are you working from home or just feeling the need for more living room? Consulting with an architect on a home extension will give you the inspiration to unlock the hidden space in your home. 

This article was contributed by Rob Trevaskis at Trevaskis Design Solutions, expert architects in Falmouth.