Wrap around Extensions
What is a wrap-around extension?
Wraparound extensions merge together a rear extension with a side return extension to form an L-shaped extended living area. With expert design and construction, it can produce a major upgrade to the habitable space on the ground floor of your home.
This type of extension combines the side return which is more often than not a wasted strip of unused land that runs down the side of your property with an area of your back garden. Together this can give you some great options in designing a fantastic larger downstairs single storey extension.
Due to the actual shape and structure of these type of extensions, the pitched roof with Velux shaped windows work well with assisting to tie in the wrap-around extension into the house. It is also an opportunity to do something a bit out the ordinary with the design features. These tall ceilings in these properties give you other options to create some modern and contemporary designs as opposed to the usual traditional types. Installing large bi-folding doors opening out onto your garden and steep rendered walls add a really fantastic effect of space and natural light, against your original home, while giving your family more room for their ambitions and living!
Wraparound extensions are a great way to add space and flexibility when expanding your home. With wraparound architecture, you can re-arrange the layout of other parts of your house as needed without having boundaries or corners that get in the way. You’ll find it much easier to create an open plan living area with clever planning, design and structural implementations.
Why you should consider a wrap-around, L-shaped extension for your home
The ground floor wrap-around style of home extension is perfect for those who want to live in their current property but still need more space. L-shaped extensions are always the best option, but they can be limited by your planning authority’s regulations and might require permits from both local authorities and a professional architect or engineer before being built; however if you have enough room on your land this could work out well for you, especially considering how much less expensive it will be than other types of house extensions, such as double storey additions that would be much more difficult to obtain planning permission. It all depends on the available space surrounding your current home.
A side or rear extension is pretty straightforward to gain planning permission and most will come under the permitted development criteria. But you will always need to go through the right channels for planning permission for a wrap-around or L-shaped extension as some people call it. Your local planning department will take into consideration certain specific issues such as:
If you are thinking about having a wrap around 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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