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