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Should I Get A Rear, Side Or Front House Extension?

Should I Get a Rear, Side or Front House Extension?

Extending your home is a great way to maximise living space without having to move house. It also adds significant value to your property. But sometimes, it can be tricky deciding where exactly to extend – with rear, side and front the three possibilities.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the practicalities with these options and how to decide which is best for you.

Weighing up your options

First and foremost, all homeowners should weigh up their options based on the space available to them. Rear extensions are the most popular choice because the majority of homes have most usable space at the back.

That said, there are plenty of detached and semi-detached houses with unused land to the side and even the front. If this is the case, it may be well worth extending in these areas. Space to the rear of your house is typically more valuable as garden space. By extending to the front or the side, you could be able to increase living space without eating away at your garden.

Consider form and function

Next, think about what you want from your dream extension. There are certain unwritten rules when it comes to the layout of homes which are worth considering.

If your heart is set on a peaceful retreat for entertaining, dining or relaxing, you’ll probably want it at the rear of the house. Similarly, there’s an argument against having a kitchen near the front of your house simply because of the feng shui.

Ultimately, however, it comes down to your personal preference – and what fits your property best. If you already have a dining space at one side of your house, it makes sense for the kitchen extension to be close to it, for example.

Time, costs and value

Finally, factor in the practicalities of your options. Most rear and side extensions are classed as permitted developments, as long as they meet a number of criteria, including:

  • Don’t extend beyond more than half of the land around the original house
  • Extension mustn’t be higher than the existing roof
  • Similar materials on the exterior to those on the existing house
  • Side extensions must be single storey, up to four metres in height and up to half the width of the original house

This makes them relatively easy to design and build, as there’s no need for planning permission.

On the flipside, a front extension of any kind requires a minimum 8-week planning process. This is because it affects the ‘principal elevation’ – in other words, the front of the house. Getting the plans approved could require a few compromises to the way your front extension is designed.

Remember that a front extension will also affect the kerb appeal of your property, which can have its own impact on value.

Front, rear or side extension – the choice is yours

Above all else, the choice between a front, rear or side extension is down to what suits your home, your lifestyle and your budget. Based in Sheffield, Milestone Builders can guide you through your options and the practicalities in more detail to help you turn your dream extension into a reality.

Using our proven Milestone Method, we’ll value engineer your entire project to get the best extension possible for the budget you set. Want to find out more? Contact us today to discuss your project.

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