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What type of House Extension should you choose?

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Mika, Staff Writer

Monday, 15 March 2021

Extending your home is a great way to create additional living space, as well as increasing the value of your property. There are many different types of extension to choose from, from a single-storey rear extension to a conservatory. How do you decide which type of extension is right for you?

Read on to discover some of the different types of home extension and to discover which type is right for your home.

Single-storey extension

A single-storey extension involves adding extra rooms to the downstairs of your home. This could be in the form of a single-storey rear extension, or a side extension.

When you’re planning a single-storey extension, you’ll need to think about how much space you have available, how your roof will work with existing buildings and whether you’ll need to relocate any existing drains.

When should you have a single-storey extension?

Single storey extensions can add significant value to your home and can be used for many different purposes. For example, you might choose to build a single-storey extension to add a home office or playroom to your home, or to extend your kitchen or living space.

Double-storey extension

A double-storey extension, or even a multi-storey extension, can be added to any part of your existing building to create space on both your ground and subsequent floors.

Double-storey extensions are more costly than single-storey extensions, but the value that they will add to your home is likely to be considerably higher. You’ll need to think about the legal permissions you’ll need for your extension, as well as the impact that it might have on nearby houses.  

When should you have a double-storey extension?

As well as creating new rooms on the ground floor of your home, you’ll also be able to create new rooms upstairs. This could be a new bedroom or bathroom, or you may opt to increase the size of existing bedrooms.

Wrap around extension

A wrap-around extension combines a rear and side extension together, creating an L-shaped extension. This type of extension is known for adding significant value to your home as well as creating lots of extra living space.

When should you have a wrap-around extension?

You’ll need to make sure you’ve got plenty of space to the side and rear of your property if you’re thinking of having a wrap-around extension.

Many people choose to have an open-plan wrap around extension which creates a spacious living area with windows to two sides. However, a wrap-around extension can also give you the scope to remodel your existing home layout.


A conservatory is often the most cost-effective form of extension. It will be attached to your home on one side and will typically have glass walls and a glass roof. Conservatories are known for being hot in the summer and cool in the winter as a result of their design. However, new advancements mean that many conservatories are now able to remain at a consistent temperature throughout the year.

When should you get a conservatory?

Many people opt for a conservatory as a cost-effective way to create extra living space in their home. You might choose to use your conservatory as a sunroom, playroom or even a dining room. It’s worth bearing in mind that conservatories can be hot during the summer due to their glass construction.

To sum up

There are many different types of extension to choose from and which type you opt for is a personal choice. If you’re thinking of extending your home, it’s best to speak to a property extension specialist to get an expert opinion on the best option for your home. 

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