16 small house extension ideas for enhancing your space
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Small house extension ideas can make a real difference to how you’re able to use your living space. Even if your budget is small, a well thought-through addition to your house can make a tiny dining area more usable, or create extra space for a home office. Extensions also can enhance natural light, link existing areas of the property, and improve the overall design, letting a space breathe a bit more.
Whether you’re adding a porch or a modest loft extension, a small single storey extension, or a side return extension, you can add both value and space to your home if you get it right. These small house extension ideas will get you started.
Find much more advice on how to extend a house in our ultimate guide.
How much do small house extensions cost?
You can expect to pay from £900 to £3,000 per m² depending on location, specification and scale. For a good idea of the cost of your small extension, check out our extension cost calculator.
It’s worth noting that smaller single storey extensions tend to be proportionally more expensive than double storey extensions because of fixed costs such as planning and design, building regulations fees and the fact that there are no economies of scale. This said, they are a worthy investment if their addition will transform the feel of your space.
Whether you want to maximise loft space with a loft conversion, or add more living space downstairs with a basement conversion, we’ve got all the advice on small house extensions you need. Or perhaps you want to up the square feet at the front of your house by adding a porch, or bring more light into your home and connect to the garden by building an orangery; the options are abundant.
16 small house extension ideas
1. Create space by adding a porch
(Image credit: Katie Lee)
Adding a new porch can act as a useful buffer to the elements, especially if your front door opens directly into a living room, or you’d like to make a small hallway feel more spacious.
2. Add a box dormer to create more full-height space
(Image credit: Alison Hammond)
If you’ve inherited a loft conversion from a former owner and are dissatisfied with the amount of full-height space, a box dormer is an easy solution that promises to transform the feel of your loft. It can be especially useful in providing the headroom needed to add stairs into a loft (1.9m minimum at centre) or for a loft bathroom.
3. Add a living room extension
(Image credit: Leanne Dixon)
Extensions that add only a metre or two in width can’t usefully form a living room in their own right, so it is often best to use the space to extend an existing room, linking old and new with as wide an opening as possible. The exception is if the space is used as a cloakroom or utility room.
4. Connect your home to a converted garage with a covered walkway
(Image credit: Brent Darby)
A covered walkway linking a house to an outbuilding, such as a garage conversion, can be very successful. A glazed walkway can be a great solution to planning restrictions – for example, a listed building, where a solid link would be inappropriate.
See our feature for more garage conversion ideas.
5. Transform a dark basement with a lightwell
(Image credit: James Balston)
Adding a small glazed extension to the back of a basement conversion will flood the space with light, helping it appear larger and lighter. The extension needs only to be modest in scale, and works well if it opens onto a sunken courtyard, with stairs up to the garden.
6. Add a bay window extension
(Image credit: Adam Carter)
A projecting bay window extension can enlarge a room and does not necessarily require foundations – it can be cantilevered on brackets from the existing structure. Windows on three sides also bring in extra light, enhancing the spacious feel of a room.
7. Fill in with a side return extension
(Image credit: Tim Mitchell)
Many terraced and semi-detached homes have a small outdoor area behind and at the side, called the side return. Filling the space with a single-storey extension is a great way to increase the size of a kitchen, making it better suited to become an open plan kitchen, living, and dining room. When it comes to small house extension ideas, this is one of the most popular.
Find out more about adding a side return extension, and take a look at our gallery of terraced house design for inspiration.
8. Replace solid roofing with a length of glass to exaggerate the extension’s size
(Image credit: Polly Eltes)
A long length of glass – or a series of rooflights – ideally leading the eye towards a window at the far end of your small extension will help exaggerate not just its length but the ceiling height, too. In a small extension, it’s really important to choose glass that has slim or near invisible framing. This won’t just make the windows seem larger, it will let in more light, too. And what does a bright room feel? Bigger – and, of course, more welcoming.
Large single panes are the ideal, but they will be much more expensive than rooflights – and the good news is that Velux has an affordable bespoke product now so that you can design yours to fit your small extension perfectly.
9. Add a lean-to conservatory
(Image credit: Jo Sheldrake)
An addition that can be built (subject to size and design) without planning permission or building regulations consent, building a conservatory is a great way to create an additional living room. To use it all year round though, you will need to invest in heating and conservatory blinds.
Find out more about building a conservatory in our guide. Use our guides to planning permission and building regulations for more information about any other extension type you’d like to build.
10. Build an orangery
(Image credit: Anglian Home Improvement)
Adding an orangery is the perfect balance between building an extension and conservatory. With areas of solid walls and solid roof with a glazed roof lantern, it is better insulated than a conservatory and is easier to control the temperature. See our guide above for lots more information.
11. Add an oak frame extension
(Image credit: Border Oak)
There are many modular extension systems that offer a design-and-build solution for a new room. An oak frame extension is a more traditional option – a single room with a pitched roof featuring a vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses.
12. Build a small glazed extension
(Image credit: Richard Chivers)
Whether you’re planning to build a single storey extension into a side return or across the back of your house, adding in a large expanse of glazing into your design will ensure your newly expanded room is flooded with light all year round. This is one of the best small house extension ideas for creating more brightness in your home.
Suited to both contemporary and period homes, glass extensions are governed by building regulations, although you may not need planning permission. Find out all you need to know in our guide to glass extensions.
13. Add a small house extension at the rear
(Image credit: Lewis Alderson)
Adding a single storey extension at the rear of your property can totally transform your home. It might be that it allows you to have a larger kitchen diner or living space.
Or, let’s say you have a kitchen running across the back of your house and you extend 2m out into the garden; you then build a partition wall at the back end of the original kitchen to create a room in (effectively) the middle of the house that’s 1m to 2m deep. In that small, dark space, you can put utilities, whether a utility room or cloakroom, while your kitchen sits within the bright garden end of the original room plus the new extended space. You sensibly put rooflights into the roof of the small extension to make your new kitchen lighter and brighter than the new room, plus of course with the new utility space behind it, you’ve freed it up of all the laundry space and extra storage space you might have needed before.
Use our guides to single storey extensions and designing a utility room to get your small house extension spot on.
14. Convert an integral garage
(Image credit: Marc Wilson Photography)
If you have an integral garage, converting it to create a new living space may well be worthwhile. Always check, before you proceed, with a trusted local estate agent to ensure that you won’t be damaging the value of your home or its saleability. But as a general rule, if on street parking is not an issue, or if you have off street parking, converting the garage will be valuable both in terms of living space and potential profit when you sell on. This garage, by Stephen Graver Architects, has allowed a small, dark kitchen to be opened out into a new living space, connected to the upper floor. Use our ultimate guide to find out everything you need to know about garage conversions.
15. Add a box window
IQ Glass supplied the glazing for this project by ARCHEA Architecture. Structural glass Oriel windows from IQ Glass start from £8,000 (exc VAT), including design and installation.
(Image credit: IQ Glass / ARCHEA)
When every inch counts, a box window could be just the thing to expand a limited space and provide a show-stopping visual feature. An update on the traditional oriel windows found on the upper storey of period buildings, these contemporary glazed boxes protrude from the wall and though they appear to float they’re sturdy enough to form a window seat. Include one within an extension or in the adjoining main building. Select black framing for definition, or pick an effortlessly chic frameless version to maximise the daylight.
16. Enhance a small kitchen extension with indoor-outdoor flooring
Valverdi Iguazu Stone Effect Indoor Outdoor Porcelain Tiles, The London Tile Co.
(Image credit: The London Tile Co.)
Laying down continuous porcelain tile flooring throughout your extension and patio is one of the most effective ways to make your extension appear larger, and one of the most simple small house extension ideas. You’ll have to use your judgment here: if your outdoor area is tiny, and the kitchen extension will face directly onto it, you may as well sacrifice this outdoor space in order to get the most from your kitchen/dining area. This will mean, however, that the outdoor area will need to be kept relatively clear. You can, of course, still have outdoor furniture and plant pots, but the streamlined, space-enhancing effect will be reduced.
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Extension ideas for every budget :11 affordable ways to improve your home
With few houses on the market and spiralling living costs, more people are staying put in their homes and extending. Whether it’s out to the rear, to the side, single or double storey, up into the loft space or simply a porch, there are extension ideas for every budget.
Increasing the square footage of your home will add value too, so you it’s more of an investment. How much an extension costs depends on the where you’re adding the extra space and how much space square footage you’re looking to add.
Adding extra bedrooms or bathrooms is always a good way to increase the house value, by as much as 12%. Adding light, re-configuring rooms to make the house flow better or making room for a home office or playroom are all great ways to improve your living space. You could also link stand-alone areas such as outbuildings to the main house to make them more usable.
Extension ideas for every budget
‘The high costs of moving home, stamp duty etc. have had a significant impact on the housing market and it makes sense to investigate the possibility of extending your existing home,’ Says Richard Atkins, Director of Design at DesignSpace London.
‘Whether it’s upwards, sideways or backwards, extensions can enhance natural light, link existing areas of the property to make better use of the space and improve the overall design. Turning a cramped space into something lighter and airer, and that works better for your family.’
(Image credit: Future PLC/Andy Matthews)
Single storey extensions are often the cheapest and most viable option, and could totally transform a small home, bringing in light, extra living space and opening up the house to the garden. There are extension ideas for every budget including installing glazed doors and roof lights to bring light in, such as the huge roof light and large pivot door leading to the garden in this home. A small box window or oriel has also been added which has a window seat with a small table in front to create a great neat seating area.
This small kitchen extension is the work of Studio Bua – featuring a single pivot door, roof light and side box window. An architect designed extension like this would start at around £100k. Extension ideas for small houses can go a long way to changing how limited space is utilised, a worthwhile investment.
2. Utilise a side return
(Image credit: IQ Glass)
A lot of terraced or semi-detached houses, often from the Victorian era, have a small passageway at the side of the house which is often a dumping ground for bikes, the bins and garden stuff. This seemingly small space could be incorporated into the main house to give extra space with not too much upheaval. As this seemingly simple IQ Glass extension demonstrates. With minimal building chaos the kitchen is doubled in size and flooded with natural light.
Just a few feet can make all the difference and change the way you use the room, and if it’s part of a bigger rear extension, it can turn a dark narrow space into an airy, open-plan living space or kitchen diner. A similar side infill like this with structural glazing and a structural glass roof would start from £20,000. But it does all depend on what finishes are used and whether solar control is included.
3. Extend up into the roof
(Image credit: Future PLC/James Munro, Granit Architecture and Interiors/ Andrew Beasley)
Utilising the roof space is a no-brainer, especially if you live in a top floor flat. It’s also a popular extension ideas for bungalows. This Granit Architecture extension creates a wonderful light-filled space with the added benefit of a roof terrace. This has been created with two connected glass dormers on top of a terraced house and now offers a rooftop living room and study, and a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
This extension would have a starting price of £75,000 as the loft already existed, it would be more expensive if a new storey had to be built.
4. Buy ‘off-the-shelf’ to save budget
(Image credit: Solarlux Winter Garden, around £55,000, Thames Valley Window Company)
It is possible to buy ‘off-the-shelf’ glass extensions like this Solarlux Winter Garden. The Thames Valley Window Company creation that doesn’t require extensive building and is therefore less expensive. It’s a more cost-effective way to gain an extension and will save time and money. They start from £2,5000 m2 and there are four different styles to choose from. This shows there are extension ideas for every budget.
5. Create a better flow
(Image credit: Future PLC/Anna Stathaki)
This Victorian house was dark and cramped but by adding a single storey extension and incorporating the side return, the whole downstairs flows better and with much improved use of the space. Thanks to the thoughtful side return extension ideas there is now a bigger open-plan kitchen with dining space, more storage and much better access to the garden.
6. Open up with glazing
(Image credit: Russian For Fish)
Replacing walls with large glazed doors means this kitchen is completely open to the garden. There is no threshold, so you can walk straight out to make the most of the garden, which becomes an extension of the house. This once dark room at the back of a Victorian house is now flooded with light and it makes a fantastic entertaining space.
A large box window also adds a useful shelf for sitting or for displaying plants, and brings even more light in. An extension like this with Russian For Fish would cost from around £140,000.
6. Get the kitchen you want
(Image credit: Future PLC)
Most people embark on an extension to improve their kitchen, either because it’s small, dark or an awkward shape. Getting an architect and designer involved at an early stage is essential to get everything you want or sometimes a clever builder can create space you hadn’t even thought about. Expect to pay from £50,000 for a kitchen extension, but obviously it depends on the size and specification.
‘Think of a kitchen extension as adding quality not quantity, by adding the things the existing room is missing – such as natural light, ceiling height, an interesting view, access to the garden etc.’ says Howard Miller, of bespoke kitchen designers, H. Miller Bros. ‘You can transform an existing room by adding just 3m2 if that space has a nice tall ceiling with a skylight, places to hang lighting or plants, a big picture window with a window seat or a beautiful view through a set of doors to the garden. ‘
7. Think about a porch
(Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole)
If your front door opens directly onto the living room, or you have a small hallway, a porch is a good option, it could be used for coats, shoes, bags and prevents dirty footprints being walked directly into the house. It is also a useful barrier from the elements.
A porch in keeping with your home could be an asset and could add value to your home, however, make sure the porch is in proportion, it shouldn’t be higher than 3m at the highest point and the ground area measured externally should not exceed 3 m2, but it should be no smaller than 2 m2 to make it worthwhile. It must also be over 2m from the road or boundary. You generally don’t need planning permission for a porch.
Adding a small front porch will cost from £2,000 to build, depending on requirements.
8. Convert the garage
(Image credit: Future PLC/Jo Henderson)
Garages become dumping grounds for all sorts of stuff and often the car doesn’t get a look-in, but it could be a much-needed extra room. Garages welcome extension ideas for every budget, because of the relatively simple nature of the build. The structure is already there, so it doesn’t need to be built from scratch, just converted, so it’s a cost-effective way to gain more living space.
Or consider building a room above a garage, but remember to include plenty of insulation to prevent it from feeling cold. Converting a single integral garage will cost from £12,500.
9. Add an atrium
(Image credit: Vale Garden Houses)
An atrium is another way of bringing in light and they are often used to create a design statement entrance. They are essentially a large open-air, skylight-covered space surrounded by a building, and can be made in all styles, contemporary or traditional. Structural glazing for atriums generally start at £1000 per m sq.
10. Gain outside space with a balcony
(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Scarboro)
A balcony on the first floor will extend the space and bring in light and ventilation to a bedroom, first floor living room or even kitchen. For a stunning design feature opt for a contemporary glass balcony. A weatherproof balcony will create an extra seating area and will also make the most of any views, all year round. Another extension idea for every budget. As a guide to budget glass balustrades start from £750 per linear metre, for a standard external balcony fixed to the floor.
11. Welcome a conservatory or Orangery
(Image credit: Future PLC)
Traditionally, a conservatory was a building attached to the main house and was a place to grow plants, whereas orangeries were grand buildings used to grow orange trees in period homes. Nowadays, conservatory extension ideas and orangeries are pretty much the same thing – an extension of the main house to provide an extra room. They provide ideal space for a dining room or additional lounge area.
The legal definition in the UK is that it is a building with at least 50% side walls and 75% roof area. Conservatories and orangeries come under permitted development, so there is usually no need for planning permission. Expect to pay between £4000 – £10,000 for a fairly standard conservatory.
What is the cheapest way to build an extension?
Extension ideas for every budget add value to a house, when done right. ‘If an extension is an asset to a building and it is built to regulation and based on the design and materials all being used in the correct way, then this will certainly add value to your property.’ Says David Conlon founder of En Masse Bespoke.
‘Some extensions will add a far greater value to the property than the build cost, so this is certainly the sweet spot you should aim for in your design and budget stage. If you’re concerned about the project paying for itself, it could be wise to consult an estate agent to gauge how much the property would increase in value with the extension in place.’
‘A house extension will almost always add value to your home but the amount of value that an extension will add to a property’s value will vary considerably, depending on the size, style and complexity of the extension, not to mention the location of the property’ says Mike Fairman of Checkatrade.
‘In the UK, an average 3-bedroom house with an extension that creates a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom can add up to 10-12% to the value of the property. It’s important to do your homework to understand how the design of your extension will impact the value it adds to your home. Adding double bedrooms and bathrooms tend to add the most value.’
If one of the main goals of your house extension is to add as much value to your home as possible, please see below.
- Loft conversion – average value add: up to 20%
- Single-storey extension – average value add: 5-8%
- Double-storey extension – average value add: up to 12%
- Conservatory – average value add: 5-7%
- Garage conversion – average value add: 10-20%
12 ideas that work to expand your home – Roomble.com
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12 ideas that work to expand your home
Not enough space in the house? You do not know where to put all these things? And is there not enough space for all family members to relax? Don’t worry, we’ve got 12 fantastic ideas to help you expand your home.
12 ideas that work to expand your home
Not enough space in the house? You do not know where to put all these things? And is there not enough space for all family members to relax? Don’t worry, we’ve got 12 fantastic ideas to help you expand your home
Expanding your home doesn’t always have to be a major renovation. This can be an extension that does not affect the main rooms in the house, or a redecoration of existing rooms.
When it comes to expanding your home, it’s important to understand that it’s best to hire the same firm that built your home. It is she who will be able to correlate your requests and available conditions as correctly as possible. However, if you want to completely change the look and style of your home, then it is worth finding an architectural firm that designs in the style that you like so much.
Summer kitchen can radically change your life during the warm season. From April to October, your family will enjoy outdoor recreation and leisure activities. Like in an American movie, you will be the “highlight of the program” – a chef who cooks his signature steaks on the grill.
Julia Namestnikova, landscape designer:
— Summer kitchen is a whole complex consisting of a barbecue or grill, countertops, a terrace and a dining group, a recreation area, a canopy and all communications. It is best if the garden and summer kitchen are planned for you by one landscape architect, so that everything is decorated in the same style.
A terrace is a traditional, versatile and very simple solution for extending a home. You can add a canopy to it, and it will become even more cozy. Or you can attach a pool to it to diversify the leisure time of your children in the summer.
In addition, the terrace is easy and quick to install – you do not have to start repairs in the house itself and change your usual way of life while the builders are doing their job.
Panoramic windows will make your home more spacious. You seem to invite the garden into your living room, which will positively affect the microclimate in the house. The creation of panoramic glazing can be combined with the idea of making two-light natural lighting in the living room.
The pergola creates a small dining area in the garden. Usually it is located away from the house – in one of the corners of the garden, which was probably not used at all before. This expands the boundaries of ownership for the whole family. And believe me, it has a very fruitful effect on relationships!
A veranda is a glazed terrace that is necessarily attached to the house. It is customary to place it near the kitchen (to put a dining group there) or near the living room (if you want to have a winter garden or just a corner for tea parties).
Julia Namestnikova, landscape designer:
— Verandas are more practical for Russia than terraces. But as a landscape architect, I will say that it is better to use a modern hybrid – a terrace with seamless and folding glazing. It will make a real transformer out of the building.
If your attic is not currently in use, it is worth consulting with an architect. Maybe make a bedroom, a children’s playroom, a home theater out of it? Some families even create spa oases here with a sauna, a hammam and a font that resembles a small pool.
Multi-coloured wallpapers, dark and ocher colors often visually reduce rooms and the whole house as a whole. Try painting the walls in one room white, beige, pale gray and see what happens.
Well-equipped yard area, and not just areas for recreation and summer kitchen, will allow you and your children to use the entire area. If you are unhappy with what you have now, you should contact a landscape architect who will make the view more landscape and properly plan the walking areas.
The open plan kitchen, dining and living areas make the house look bigger. Instead of three medium-sized rooms, you get one large one (as in the American dream house), and all your family members will be able to communicate with each other without barriers.
Patio is a kind of terrace, but there are important differences between them. Usually there is upholstered furniture here – sofas and armchairs, sometimes a hanging chair or a comfortable leaf-shaped chaise longue, that is, those pieces of furniture that allow you to relax with great comfort.
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The extension can be large-scale – two- or even three-story, according to the format of your house. It can be made invisible, exactly repeating the architectural techniques in the design of the facade of the main building. It can be small, just one or two rooms, one-story, but, for example, with panoramic windows.
Most often in the outbuildings there is a new spacious kitchen-living room, and the old rooms with these functions are referred to as a guest room, office or dressing room.
Mirrored furniture is very important in the interior design of a country house. She is popular in the USA, Canada and France, Australia and Great Britain… The whole world fell in love with her! Invented in Venice, the birthplace of mirrors, such furniture can have an antique effect and be made either in the style of minimalism, or in the styles of shabby chic (with scuffs, like antiques), French or classic Venetian (with openwork elements).
Mirrored furniture visually enlarges the space and allows you to put a larger storage system in the same place, as it looks less massive. For example, an ordinary bedside table can be replaced with a more spacious chest of drawers.
Mirrors generally create a more harmonious atmosphere in the house. They reflect natural light from windows and artificial light sources, essentially becoming a small window, and visually increase the space due to reflections.
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7 Chrome extensions for planning tasks and saving ideas
June 17, 2022
Large services with a lot of features and simple lists with a minimalistic interface.
1. ClickUp Notepad
ClickUp is a service with a lot of possibilities for both personal productivity and teamwork. You can manage the system through the website, applications for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android, as well as through the extension for Chrome.
The latter contains five main tabs: creating new tasks and saving important sites as separate tasks, tracking time in a plan, creating screenshots with notes, email with the ability to attach letters to cards from the to-do list, and a notepad for notes.
The post tab has basic formatting tools, you can use the markdown language to style the text. A list of ideas can easily be converted into tasks for a work plan.
For one account, all actions in the extension are synchronized with the mobile application and the PC program.
2. Chrome Notes
A simple extension with a minimalistic interface allows you to quickly take notes in the browser, and then transfer them somewhere else through the clipboard or save them as a separate .txt file.
Chrome Notes works offline and can be opened in a separate tab. The text written in the window is saved when the browser is closed and the computer is restarted. The size of the window can be adjusted, and the extension will remember it.
The standard features also include electronic voice-over text and a button to activate the night theme. In addition, spell checking is available. When working with input, standard keyboard shortcuts for copy, paste, select, and cut work.
With this extension, you can highlight text on websites, as well as add stickers with captions. All marked quotes are stored as a list in the Notes tab, and pages with these marks are written to the corresponding Pages tab.
The highlight color can be selected from yellow, red, green and blue. For stickers, there is a button to fix them in the unfolded state. In standard mode, they are hidden under small icons, which, when hovering over them, display the text of the comment in small print.
The list of marks is displayed for each web page separately, but the Pages directory stores all available links to sites at once. Collected entries can be viewed in the context of a paragraph directly from the extension window.
Popular task planner with daily and weekly sorting and productivity statistics. Tasks can be collected into projects and lists, put notes with the level of importance in different colors, set deadlines and timers with a reminder.
You can use Todoist not only through the app, but also through the Chrome extension. It will be able to add new tasks, save sites to the plan, add interesting articles and products. All the necessary functions are also available in this add-on for scheduling cases.
Each task has a field for a description, as well as comments. Completed items of the plan can be immediately marked in the extension window.
5. Simple To-Do List
Another minimalistic to-do list extension. There is a field for entering a new item, as well as font color settings that show different levels of priority. Tasks are easy to drag and drop.
Completed items can be quickly marked and crossed out, a separate button is provided to clear the list. It is allowed to add not only plain text, but also links that may come in handy in the near future.
In a separate window with extension settings, you can select the size of the pop-up window, as well as change colors for different priorities. In addition, all saved data can be easily exported from the extension, so that later it can be transferred to another account.
List of tasks divided into active and completed items. Checklist items can be sorted by simple drag and drop and quickly deleted. The priority level cannot be set here, but you can add labels through the @ symbol.
The developers have prepared several variants of tags in advance, but you can add your own, their names should be in Latin only. By tags in the lower part of the window, tasks with the corresponding specified tags are displayed.
Checklist, with its minimal set of features and clean interface, is best suited for making a plan for a specific day or one week.
One of the most popular task scheduling and reminder services.