On 1st October 2008, and again more recently, the planning regulations in London were simplified and as a result the number of householders opting to extend their properties vastly increased with some households no longer requiring planning permission. We can help establish the relevant requirements for your property, as it may be possible to do your extension under Permitted Development regulations. If you would like to add extra living space, increase the value of your home and avoid the stress of moving, we offer extensions that are of the highest quality in terms of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. Our work will not only give you additional space but will enhance both your property and your lifestyle.
what are the different types of extensions?
There are four main types of extension and the type we recommend for your property will depend on a number of factors – property style, available space, conservation area, local planning regulations, your budget and needs.
Sometimes called a side return extension, this is the most common kitchen extension in London and the South West of London. A side return generally involves building out 1.25m to the side of the property and finishing flush at the back of the main part of the house. Clients can then choose to have either a pitched or flat roof over the extended section.
Regulations often mean pitched roofs have to pitch down to 2.1m on the boundary wall.
The main styles of side extensions include:
- Flat roof
- Pitched roof
A rear extension is where only the end of the property is extended. This often gives a room approximately 5m x 3m (STPP) and can have huge roof windows to allow maximum natural light into the newly created space.Rear extensions can have either a:
- Monopitch roof
- Centre pitched roof
- Flat roof
An l-shaped, or wrap around, kitchen extension is where the extension not only goes into the side addition but also wraps around the back extending sometimes three or four meters into the garden which can provide a huge kitchen living area looking out onto the garden. Usually side returns apply a maximum of around 2m wide in London so the additional space to the rear allows a much more sympathetic space conducive with the way most families want to live, allowing cooking whilst keeping an eye on the children watching tv or playing in the garden through folding sliding doors. There are two roofing options - either a flat or a pitched roof. Our favourite is the flat roof which enables the same ceiling height in both the old part of the space but also the new, giving you a seamless sleek look. This type of extension makes it harder for a layman to see which sections are old and which are new, especially when the new structural beam is also pushed up to be flush to the ceiling. Bear in mind this would involve some remedial work upstairs in the back rooms but it does give an incredible finish. An l-shaped or wrap around extension will require either the neighbours joint planning permission or an existing structure next door of a height higher than 2.1m on the boundary.