Making the most of the floor area in your home is key in creating the most practical living space for your family. With property in London coming at a premium it’s sometimes more cost effective and better value for money to extend your home rather than moving. If you find you need additional space in your home there are 3 common places where you can extend and make every square meter count.


Side Return Extension

The typical Victorian Terrace side return is generally quite small – usually measuring under 2 meters wide and between 3 and 6 meters long. Apart from being useful for storing wheelie bins, bikes or garden equipment, they are essentially dead space which would be better incorporated into your home. Although a side return extension may only add a few square meters of new space, it’s not really size that counts here. Instead, it’s more about the combination of the new space and the original footprint of the property and how you go about designing the combined space as a whole. By opening up the small, narrow corridors of a Victorian terrace you can create an open plan environment and maxim your space. A side return extension is one of the most effective home renovations for those who don’t want to compromise their existing garden but need additional living space.


Rear Kitchen Extension

Extending the kitchen out from the rear of the property is one of the most popular home extensions for growing families. By bringing the kitchen space out to meet the main part of the garden, you’re instantly making the garden more accessible and welcoming – enabling this space to be used more frequently. We recommend you chose wide fully opening doors, such as Bi-fold or Sliding, for a kitchen extension which will create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces. With a good kitchen extension, when the doors are open, it should be difficult to tell where the kitchen ends and the garden begins!

If you’re planning to do a side return extension or thinking about a kitchen extension to the rear, consider whether a wraparound extension would better suit your needs. By combining a side return with a rear extension into one ‘L-shape’ extension you can make use of both the extra width to the side and the additional few metres to the back of the property. This will completely transform you’re living area and how you use it, a wraparound extension is ideal for growing families who love to cook, relax and spend time together or those who like to socialise and entertain.


Loft Conversion

The advantage of a Loft Conversion is that it can be used however you want, adding further bedroom, a bathroom, a home office or even a self-contained flat (if planning allows). So unless you are really organised and have your belongings neatly stored away in your loft, chances are you’re not making the most of the available space. With some well thought out planning and some clever built-in storage you’ll find that you have more space to keep your belongings and a whole extra floor of living space. Lofts are also great value for money, a typical loft conversion costs around £40,000 on average and could add 20% to the value of your home.


If you are considering a home extension and are unsure which option might be best for you then get in touch with our Enquires Team to arrange a Design Consultation with one of our Architectural Designers. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain free advice on planning, feasibility and the costs associated. Call us on 0207 242 5353 or email hello@designteam.co.uk with some dates and times that work best for you and we will be in touch.