When planning your new house extension, if you’re lucky enough to have a choice about where it can be built, there are a number of factors to consider. Rear and side extensions are the two most popular types of house extension, but which should you choose?
How Much Space Do You Have?
When you build an extension onto your home, it’s always going to decrease the amount of space you have outside. That’s why most choose a rear house extension, as it’s less common to have enough spare land to the side of your home to build an entire new room. If you do have plenty of space, think about what you currently use the area for. Do you have a lot of unused land to the side of your property, but a smaller garden which you don’t want to build on? Or do you have a huge garden area that won’t be compromised by having further living space built onto it? Always consider the impact on your outdoor areas.
How Will You Use the Extension?
While most homeowners build a house extension to create more space, they’ll also have a practical use in mind. Whether it’s a creating your dream open plan kitchen and dining area or an extended space to relax and entertain, it’s important to consider the practical elements of using your extension. Think about any connected living spaces and how to enhance the flow between areas of the house and garden, what you need the extended space for (and where this will work best in your home), as well as how you’ll access your extension from both inside and out. You should also think about where you’ll get the most natural light and which direction your extension will face to capitalise on the sun’s position, as well as the views that could be achieved. Many choose a rear extension for the beautiful, expansive views they can create of their garden.
How Easy Is Planning Permission?
Rear extensions are the easiest designs to get planning permission for, and in fact, many will fall under ‘permitted developments’, meaning you can build within certain specifications without full planning permission being required. Side extensions are a little more complex because you may need to consider how this affects your neighbours more, including any side windows or how much the extension will overlook their property and affect the light. Some larger types of extension may even require a neighbourhood consultation. Find out more about planning permission for house extensions on the Government’s planning portal.
Ready to start planning?
Here at Tiger Building Services, we offer a specialist house extensions service, providing expert advice, architectural design help and high quality builds with outstanding aftercare. We work with homeowners across Surrey, London and Sussex (including Kingston and Oxshott) to create an extension that’s ideal for your needs and positioned in the right place of your home. Contact our team now to discuss your ideas and concerns.