The most popular types of building extensions

Building an extension is an excellent way to modify your home to make it work for you. There are many reasons why you might want to increase the square footage of your home. Perhaps you have a growing family, a family member with a disability that requires extra space or a need for a home office. Whatever the purpose of an extension, it provides an alternative to moving and uprooting your family. As a leading building firm in Oxford, we have built many types of extensions, and below we will discuss the features of the most common ones.

Adding a side extension

In most period terrace houses, the location of the kitchen is typically in an area known as the outrigger. This part of the building comes at a ninety-degree projection from the house, creating a slip of extra land at the side. This redundant space is ideal for extending a family kitchen outwards in an open-plan style. With side extensions, there are usually less stringent rules around planning permission. However, you will need to abide by building regulations and submit any plans or building notice to the local building authority control in Oxford.

Consider a rear extension

To add a rear extension to any property requires a significant amount of land at the back unless you are willing to sacrifice your garden. Rear extensions have the advantage of enabling you to open up your home to the garden all year round, provided you have the land. A rear extension also allows you to create larger living spaces than you can at the side of a property.

Wraparound or L-shaped extensions

Essentially a wraparound extension combines a side and rear extension. They are again useful for absorbing dead space at the side of traditional properties, but for the interior space to work effectively, careful planning and design is a necessity.

We have vast experience and knowledge in building extensions for people in Oxford. If you would like to take advantage of our services, call us today.