2 STOREY EXTENSIONS - KEY FACTS

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When we started researching 2 storey extensions the one thing that was obvious straight away was the diversity of the designs. All shapes, types of properties extended in all manners with each extension unique in style an environment.

Something else we noticed is that there are plenty of really poor designed ones knocking about. These are extension designs that actually do harm to the property rather than improve the value.

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Example: I couldn’t resist adding this beautiful 2 storey extension. As you can see it is a highly contemporary extension that works perfectly with its surroundings...


Thankfully we also found some good ones which means that there are still a few architects out there that know how to create a stunning 2 storey extension.

Adding a 2 storey extension is actually a daunting project for many of us as we only have one home and if we get the design wrong we really are in a bit of a mess.

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As an architect I tell clients to go out and look at homes in their neighbourhoods before making any decisions as to what they want. Sometimes you get lucky and you discover an extension or two that you like but you may also see a few that you don’t like which is equally important.

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Example: A Georgian period property with a contemporary 2 storey extension on the side. What a superb combination...


The design of the extension is crucial to the success of the project. We no longer live in a world where house extensions are built solely using traditional materials so in other words you have a choice which is to play safe or to go for a contrasting modern style of one type or another. The problem of course is that it is really hard for some people to look at drawings and make a real determination of how the new extension is going to look so you have to proceed with caution.

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Example: I like the simplicity of this modern 2 storey extension. Clean white render, coloured double glazing and lovely straight lines...

I always advice that you do loads of research which include looking at extension photos online, on websites such as ours, cutting photos out of magazines and generally keeping and eye out for buildings and extensions that you like the look for.

Whilst initially you may feel a bit swamped in time you will soon be able to narrow down your likes and dislikes.

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Example: What a superb combination. Old and new working together to create a lovely modern internal layout with a striking external design...

Thinking about the internal layout is also really important, particularly on 2 storey extensions because they have such an impact on a house.

It’s also good to consider that most of the homes we live in today were built for a different generation of people with different needs as well as lifestyles. When you add a 2 storey extension you have the opportunity to change your environment to suit your lifestyle today so consider carefully all the elements that make up a modern extension and pick out the bits that you would like to incorporate into your new extension.

The main thing is that you arrive at an extension design that:

If you can achieve all that then your 2 storey extension will give you years of pleasure as well as giving you your money back whenever you sell.


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