The first place to look to create more space for your home perhaps after loft conversions, house extensions are a great way to maximise space in your house. Focused usually on adding living area to the ground floor of your home, going further and adding multi-storey extensions is also possible. Permitted development rules often in reality mean that the ground-floor is where the action happens for most.

How to extend your home

For many, what is allowed without seeking planning permission is one of the main governing factors. Most homeowners who want that extra living space and want to get it with minimum impact on neighbours and for optimum cost will opt for this. Whilst it varies between areas, locally in Brighton & Hove for example this usually means a single storey rear extension – one of the most common – can extend between 3 and 4 metres out form the existing original rear wall without required extra permissions, depending on your type of house. But are you in a conservation area? This and other factors may all affect what’s allowed. Knowing your legal default limits and then what’s required to go beyond them is a good place to start.

House Extensions: rooms for living

You may be surprised on how flexible you can be with that extra space your extension will create. A single bigger room? No problem. But when extending you should think about what other options are opened up to you. ¬†You are not just adding space to your home, you are also re-inventing the entire space that connects to this extension. When you realise this, opportunities to re-invent and re-shape your home appear. Is your kitchen in the right place? Maybe also add or remove another wall in the process at little extra cost to give yourself still more options. Maybe you will have space for a downstairs toilet, adding further value and accessibility to your house. You should see your house extension as a way to strategically re-consider the layout of your home. We’d love to advise so get in touch and explain your idea to one of our team.