Types of extensions

Whether you’re feeling a little cramped in your current home environment or want to increase the value of your property, an extension could be the way forward – but before you start whipping up exciting designs and calling architects, it’s essential to understand the most common types of extensions available. Not only will this keep your feet on the ground and stop you from dreaming up possibilities that can’t be brought to reality, but it should fill your head with plenty of imaginative and creative ideas.

Houses can be tweaked or dramatically transformed, so let’s take a closer look at exciting home extensions that could completely transform your personal space.

Side return

When it comes to extending your home, a side return concept could be the way forward. This is particularly suitable for terraced and semi-detached properties which often have space at the fringes. The process usually involves knocking down one or more walls in order to create additional space or a potential ‘open-plan’ zone. Of course, before hammering through walls, it’s important to consider details such as ceiling heights and light levels as you’ll want to final result to look as natural as possible.


There are many reasons why you might want to considerably increase the size of your home such as having more children. One way to do this is via a full-width extension which involves extending across the whole breadth of the house. In order to ensure the extension blends in with the existing brickwork, it’s crucial to match materials and to think carefully about other rooms in the house – and whether extending in certain directions will block off light to any rooms.


If you have a large driveway, courtyard or garden, then an L-shaped extension could be the right option for you. Essentially this involves adding an additional living area by extending in an L-shape from one side of your property. Many people decide to incorporate a beautiful conservatory into their design with spectacular views out into the garden. Glass windows are a popular feature of L-shaped extensions helping to create a living space that’s bright and airy. Again, materials used should be carefully matched so that the extension doesn’t look out of place or ‘stuck on’.


One of the best ways to maximise space is with a multi-storey extension in which you expand over several floors to meet your extension goals. For such a drastic alteration to be made you’re sure to need planning permission, but once it’s granted you can set your imagination free and develop your dream home.

To avoid common home renovation mistakes, it’s a good idea to contact expert architects such as Bluelime Home Design for a full property consultation. Bluelime can then assist with multiple extension projects including creating the perfect kitchen/diner space. Find out more today and be one step closer to creating your perfect living space. Bluelime Home Design is perfectly situated for those living or looking to move to the Dartford, Bromley, Erith and Bexley areas.

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