SIDE RETURN EXTENSIONS - KEY FACTS

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SIDE RETURN EXTENSIONS HAVE MORE IMPACT THAN ANY OTHER FORM OF HOUSE EXTENSION

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Side return extensions are extremely deceptive as they are usually only about a metre or so wide and it’s hard to imagine that a 1 metre strip would have such an impact on the back addition of a house.

Of course if you’ve ever done a side return extension or even visited a property where the side extension has been done already you will immediately see how the addition transforms a small space into a large open-plan living space.

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Example: Even with exposed brickwork this side return extension looks really bright and fresh. Note the folding doors have no threshold and the timber floor extends out on to the patio creating an enormous looking space...


You don’t have to take my word for it, just look at the gallery of side extension photos above and consider the impact that the side extension has upon the actual property. It’s only a small amount of additional space but it makes an incredible difference to the internal layout as well as providing various options for how you use the living space.

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Example: The integration of old and new is superb. Full width coloured double glazed doors and old stock bricks combine with ease to make a superb looking living space...

Back additions, particularly on period properties, were always built long and narrow and whilst they made superb kitchens and breakfast rooms they simply wern’t large enough to create any kind of decent dining or recreational living space.

By adding on a rear extension to the back addition you ran the risk of making the living space look even more narrow and still didn’t solve the fundamental problems of the narrow design.

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Example: The style of glazing, in this case aluminium, plays a huge role in the design of the extension. Note the matching doors and double glazed panels...

Thankfully, architects and designers eventually got around to utilizing the side return space and what we are now seeing is a huge growth in side extensions as homeowners are finally aware of how much impact a side extension can have on a property.

No other type of house extension provides the range of options that you get when you add a side return extension. Homes with side extensions have the ability to create a mind-blowing range of internal layouts and incredibly beautiful living spaces.

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Example: This is a particularly smart side return extension. Love the folding doors and the use of matching floor materials on the patio...

It’s crucial to the success of the project that you consider not just the back addition but the entire ground floor of the property. Consider elements such as how:

These are just some of the areas that need careful consideration and in particular the addition of a ground floor w/c which is usually achieved by extending the corridor leading to the back addition by about a metre and that way you have a cloakroom that opens to a corridor rather than a habitable room which is a requirement under the building regs.

If you are considering doing a side extension then get on with it as it will give you pleasure for many years as well as adding incredible value to your property.


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