Extensions

Discover easy ways to create more living space and add value to your property with an extension. Whether you extend your home upwards, outwards or into your garden, find out from Grand Designs how you can transform your home and take advantage of the latest permitted property development rights.

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Shower room extension to a garden studio

Adding a tiny shower room extension to an existing garden studio has transformed it into a secluded and practical woodland retreat.
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How to plan and budget for a basement extension

Adding space underground as a basement extension can greatly increase the value of your property if done right.
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A step-by-step guide to kitchen extensions

Make relaxed, multifunctional living a reality by adding a spacious open-plan kitchen extension to your home.
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Modern home extension with no budget or space restraints

Marion Venman bravely gave her architect free range and creative thought on designing this modern home extension.
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Garden room extension on a listed property in London

Space to entertain was top of the agenda for extending this listed status Georgian property with a garden room.

Kevin McCloud on the connection between buildings and place

Our editor-at-large ponders the relationship between buildings and site, and how it affects our love of them.
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Sixties house eco extension

When Robin and Wendy Knibb decided to remodel their Sixties house, they knew just the man to design their eco extension: their architect son
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Open-plan basement extension in Islington, London

Extending underground gave the Leeming's additional square meterage and their much needed space.
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Victorian terrace city house side extension

An extension was the answer to Ella and Tom Richards' London Victorian home, creating an open and flowing space.
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Double-height extension bungalow

A modest bungalow has transformed from a dated property to a striking double-height home.
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George Clarke on building a tree house

A space up in the trees gives a new perspective on the world and can be the ultimate restful retreat.
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Industrial steel and timber rear extension

A show-stopping industrial steel and timber extension built at the rear of a listed home in Edinburgh.

Building an extension on your existing property is a great way to add extra living space to your home as well as increase its value. Extending your home is a popular way of adding more space to your property, so you don’t have to incur the costs of moving house.

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There are considerations that need to be made before constructing an extension; the plans of your project need to be taken into account. Will it be single or double storey? Will it be a loft extension or built at the rear of your house? Does it have suitable road access? What is the surrounding land like? How is the soil condition of site? Financing the project is another important consideration. It is worth looking into using your home as a way to make money if you are worried about paying a potentially large sum of money on property building works.

The proposed project might need planning permission before it can go ahead as well as needing to meet building regulations. You will need to find out all of this essential information before starting any building. Finding an architect to help with design and building of your extension will normally ensure a much smoother project.

If your extension has been approved then you can start designing and building. Many people design their own build depending on the nature of their existing property, as well as their own living space requirements. This will determine whether you build up in to your loft, down into your basement, extend your kitchen out, or even build a garden room outside.