UK House Extension Ideas for 2024
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UK House Extension Ideas for 2024

by Jaemi Glancy on Mar 01, 2024

No matter the size of your current home or your budget, there’s always a way to reconfigure or extend the space you have to create a larger, more practical home for you and your family. Planning a house extension can be daunting, but every dream starts with a vision. 

Read on for Inspiring Ideas For Your Extension. Plus look out for a 10% off gift at the end! 

 

House with a large extension

How much do you have to spend?

Though many home extension ideas are certainly inspiring, cost is a limiting factor for most of us. Obviously, some renovations are more expensive than others, and if extra space is your main concern, then you’ll want to focus on total cost per additional square metre. 

House with various extensions
If you’re on a budget but needing more space for a growing family, consider a loft conversion with a build cost of around £1,000-£2,000 per square metre, this is a great way to achieve an extra bedroom or an ensuite master bedroom. Similarly, converting some or all of your garage space into another reception room, playroom or utility room is a smart idea, and will cost significantly less than building a new extension because of the pre-existing wall and floor structures.
Floor plan showing a ground floor reconfiguration

On the other hand, if you have more money to play with, you can have fun integrating a single storey open plan extension, or an elaborate side return extension, opening up the rear of your property to easily access your garden and patio areas.

House with a funky single storey extension

Though more expensive, these kinds of extensions can radically alter the layout of a home, bring in more light, and completely transform the way you use the space.

Side return extension

What would you most like the extra space for?

Whether you’re a growing family squeezing in a little more room until you can move, or you’re wanting to tap into your forever home’s long-term potential, it’s worth asking yourself about the functionality of the extra space you’re creating. Extensions can completely change not only a house’s proportions, but your lifestyle – for better or worse.

House with a simple single storey extension

For example, an orangery or conservatory extension can be fairly cost effective, but depending on your home’s orientation and your family’s habits, might get very little use during the year. On the other hand, a small, simple ground floor extension, a side extension or squaring off the rear of your property may drastically improve a space you use every day and end up being much better value.

House with a simple single storey extension

In weighing up your options, you may discover that the best solution includes moving existing rooms and functions in your current layout, or using a clever internal reconfiguration to address a few concerns at once. 

How can you work with what you already have?

When looking at home extension inspiration online, it can be tempting to picture how certain ideas could be transplanted into your own space – but be careful. The best home extension for you will be one that maximises what’s already in place. This will not only save you money, but also ensure that you’re maintaining architectural and structural integrity. 

Floor plan of a small extension with a porch

If you build a small semi-enclosed porch in front of a seldom used hallway, for example, you take advantage of unused space you already have, and ultimately pay for only half of the new room that this arrangement creates. 

double storey extension won’t take up much of your garden, but offers you double the bang for your buck with additional space on the ground floor as well as on the first floor, giving you the all important opportunity to create an ensuite master bedroom.

Double storey extension

Settling on the right home extension or current layout reconfiguration can take patience and the willingness to think outside of the box – literally! Take your time with the planning and design process and don’t be afraid to seek out as much expert advice as possible to help you make your decision.  

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