SIDE EXTENSIONS - KEY FACTS

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POOR DESIGN IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH SIDE EXTENSIONS

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Looking through the photos we found for side extensions one thing immediately became clear and that was that side extensions were most certainly a hit an miss affair with some lovely examples contrasted sharply by poorly designed ones.

I don’t know what it is about homeowners that sanction or even carry out some of these really bad extensions as in many cases they would actually decrease the house value rather than enhance it.

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Example: A poorly designed side extension that doesn’t deliver in terms of integration or aesthetics. The window doesn’t match in terms of height and the lower sloping roof looks completely wrong...


When are homeowners going to understand that all house extensions need to blend in. Sure, you can create an extension that gives you more living space but it doesn’t necessarily cost more to build an extension that looks good externally as well as internally.

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Example: This is a Georgian property with a lovely hipped roof. The side extension should have had a matching hipped roof...

The key to a really good side extension is the design. Don’t just add a box to the side of the house and think it will work.

We have several hundred photos of really good looking extensions on our website so use them as part of your design brief when you instruct an architect on what you want. Just make sure to stress the integration point as that is how you will add the most value.

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Example: This is a good example of a side extension. However, it might have looked more substantial if the roof linked up with the canopy over the door and bay window...

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A really good extension needs to work with its environment. You don’t have to use the same build materials as the house as there are countless contrasting designs that work really well with dated or period properties.

In general, the aim of any good extension is to provide more living but in doing so to improve the appearance of the property whilst adding value.

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Example: This is one of the best examples of a side extension. Everything matches up really well and now you have a really substantial property...

Look through the various photos of side extensions on this page and read the comments that I left.

The good news of course is that if you do get it right a side extension will give your years of pleasure and up the price of your property.


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