What is a two-storey house extension?
Are you looking to create more space in your home? Then why not build a two-storey extension. It could be your solution to transform your home into a much larger and more valuable and desirable property.
A two-storey type of extension can be a fantastic way to upgrade your house, whether you are looking for a more open-plan style downstairs living space or kitchen extension, plus extra bedrooms with en-suites or large family bathrooms on the second floor. Whatever you choose to do with this kind of extension, it can add some serious volume to your home and improve your lifestyle.
Adding a two-storey house extension in the UK can be an excellent way to increase the square footage of your home, but it comes with several considerations. There are three main types you can build - back, side and front – each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Rear two-storey extensions
Instead of just extending the front, many homeowners are opting for a more creative designs. The back garden is usually spacious and can be used to increase your home size without changing its facade or adding on an unsightly extension in the front that will decrease property value and probably never get approved by your local planning department anyway, never mind permitted development. While some UK residents opt for traditional designs with extensions at both ends of their houses, others prefer a more innovative approach by creating larger square-shaped homes through using space from behind as well as projecting outwards. This not only gives you extra room inside for a two-storey extension, but also improves the appearance and attractiveness of your house's exterior so it doesn’t look bulky or overstretched in any way, while still giving those who live there sufficient new space without being looked over or into from your neighbours.
Front 2-storey extensions
Front extensions are ideal for those who want to increase the size of their property without having it be too noticeable. There is minimal disruption with this type compared to back and side options, as well as the possibility of adding an extension to a house with no garden.
The only downside is that it might be harder for people on lower levels to access this type of two-storey extension, and you need permission from your local building control office before beginning any work, as they can be very difficult to obtain planning permission for.
2-storey side extension
If you don't live in a terraced house, one way to make your home feel bigger is by adding side extension. If you are looking for more living space or an extra bedroom, the best option might be a double storey extension on the side of your property- either using permitted development rights if what you want qualifies or planning permission depending on how extensive it needs to be. Alternatively, if there's enough room and zoning laws allow it (check with local authorities before making any decisions), building another dwelling house as opposed to just an extension can offer additional benefits like separate entrances and outlets that may cost less than extending outwards from your current floorspace.
Whether you choose a side, back or front extension, it's important to make sure your design includes the following:
The most important thing with any type of extension is planning it out carefully so you don't end up wasting time and money.
Is a two-storey extension permitted development?
A 2-storey extension can come under "permitted development" but depending on the scope of work, size and complexity it could very will need to be granted planning permission by your local council before you can proceed with construction work. The process of obtaining a building consent from your council varies depending on where you're located in the UK. Some councils may require 2-storey extension applicants to attend a planning committee meeting, while others allow 2 storey extensions in principle for limited time periods and with certain conditions attached or even grant permits automatically if all the required documents are submitted.
Why choose a two-storey extension
So you’re wondering why people are choosing to have Two Storey House Extensions? There is a couple of reasons. Firstly, it's cheaper for the amount of additional space that you will get with your extension. The roof and foundation costs would be roughly the same whether they build one storey or two on their house meaning more money can go towards making sure everything else in the home looks amazing! Secondly, if there ever comes a time when they decide to start expanding their family then this extra room may come in handy - providing them with an upstairs bedroom as well as giving them some downstairs study area where homework could take place away from distractions such as TV or other siblings playing around; not forgetting adding another bathroom which might help counter any early morning arguments on who has the bathroom first!
If you are thinking about having a two storey house extension added to your home in the near future and need help with the architectural design, then we can fully recommend a panel of architects, should you be in need of their services beforehand.
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