Which Type of Home Extension Should You Build?

by | Feb 6, 2023 | Extensions, Inspiration, Loft Conversions

Extensions can be a great way to create more space in your home and they are ideal for growing families. Not only can an extension increase the size and functionality of your home, but it also offers a range of other benefits such as; adding value to your home, improving energy efficiency and providing a greater aesthetic appeal. Whether you want to create an open-plan living space or a home office, an extension is an excellent renovation option to consider. 

There are actually several types of home extensions to choose from and they all have their unique benefits. Before you start your project and get some bespoke drawings for your extension, it’s beneficial to explore all of the different options available. To help you choose which type of home extension is best to build, below we have looked into some of the most popular extension designs in more detail. 

Single-Storey Extension 

As the name suggests, a single-storey extension is an additional structure that is only one storey. This is the most common type of extension as it requires less work than other alternatives. Sometimes, you won’t require planning permission for a single-storey extension either and depending on your extension design, it may be classed as ‘permitted development’. A single-storey extension is a great way to increase the size of your home and the extra space is often used to create larger kitchens, dining rooms and living areas. 

Double-Storey Extension 

A double-storey extension adds a two-storey structure to your home and it will provide you with extra space both downstairs and upstairs. Often, homeowners will install double-storey extensions when they would like to have more living space on the ground floor as well as a new bedroom on the first floor. As you may expect, double-storey extensions are more expensive than single-storey extensions and they often take longer to build, but they can completely transform your property into a spacious home. 

Rear Extension

Both single-storey and double-storey extensions can be built in different places. A rear extension is built onto the back of your home and it’s a great choice if you have a large garden. This type of extension is very common as it’s suitable for a vast range of properties, including mid-terraced houses, and it’s a popular alternative to a conservatory. You can use a rear extension in a variety of ways and if you’re a fan of open-plan living areas, an extension can provide you with the space you need to open up your home. 

Side Extension

A side home extension is built onto the side of your property and it won’t take up any of your rear garden space, making it an ideal option if you don’t have a very big garden. Side extensions can differ quite considerably in size and they will be restricted by the amount of space you have to the side of your property. They are most popular on detached houses, but can also be suitable for semi-detached houses and bungalows. A side extension is a perfect choice if you want to create an additional bathroom or en-suite, for example. 

Wrap-Around Extension

If you have lots of outdoor space to play with, a wrap-around home extension can provide you with a plethora of options to explore. This type of extension wraps around your existing property, combining a rear and side extension to create an L-shaped extension. Wrap-around extensions tend to be more expensive than other options, but the amount of space they provide makes them a worthwhile investment. This type of extension allows for larger living spaces and more natural light, and it will significantly increase the overall square footage of your home. 

Looking to Get Plans for an Extension?

Hopefully, the information above will be useful if you’re trying to decide which type of extension you should build. When searching for an experienced architectural designer to assist you with extension planning drawings and building regulations drawings, our team at Arkiplan will be happy to help. Our online service makes it easier than ever before to get the professional plans you need for a home extension. 

When you work with our team on your extension project, you can avoid extortionate architect fees and lengthy waiting times, yet still receive the professional planning and building drawings you need. We invite you to read some of our Trustpilot reviews to get a feel for what it’s like to work with our team on your home extension project.