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What Are The Most Common Types Of Home Extension?

When you’ve taken the decision to extend the living space of your home, this can be the first step of a long but exciting journey. There are so many different options to choose from, that it can be hard to know which one might be most suitable for your home. Here’s a quick guide to the most common kinds.

Rear house extension

This is the most common type of extension, which extends the house into the rear outside space. They can be either single or two-storey, but bear in mind that two-storey extensions require planning permission, whereas a single-storey construction will in most cases fall under permitted development rights.

Side return extension

These are often added onto urban period properties which have a side alleyway which is rarely used. They are an excellent way to make use of dead space, and extend a cramped kitchen area into an open-plan living and dining room. They are often built with sloping roofs with large skylights to maximise the natural light.

Wraparound extension

This type of extension combines a side and rear extension, to form an L shape around the property. They will create a very flexible living space which could extend the kitchen and living areas, while also incorporating a utility room to accommodate washing machines, boilers, and so on which can be noisy in the main house.


These are like conservatories, but they have a full roof and usually incorporate some brickwork as well as glazing. This makes them more adaptable rooms than conservatories, because they can be included in the central heating system for use in winter.

Loft and garage conversions

These don’t actually extend the size of the house, but they repurpose an underused space into a liveable area. They are a great option if you need an extra bedroom or a home office.

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