The way people want to live now is very different from the way people tended to live over 150 years ago when terraced houses were built. Now families often want an extension with a large and flexible kitchen/dining/living space that can be the hub of the home with a strong connection to the garden for inside/outside living.
Without extending, most affordable period buildings do not have space to accommodate this. However, the terraced houses that define so much of the neighbourhood are perfect for side return extension. This type of extension is enjoying a huge resurgence due to its cost-effectiveness and strong return on investment, allowing homeowners to maximise space and value by using the “dead” area at the side of their home.
A key consideration with a side return extension is whether to complement or contrast with your existing house. If you are trying to alter your interior space, knocking down walls and making wide openings to create inside/outside living, this is very different from the existing space and you should consider contrasting the design. If, however, you are proposing subtly altering the layout with more traditional French doors, then a more sympathetic ‘in keeping’ design can work.
Introducing light creatively from the rear, via sliding or bi-fold doors, and above from glazed rooflights is a popular and effective solution to allow natural daylight to penetrate the middle of your home.
A well-designed, well-built side return extension will modernise your home for contemporary living as well as adding significant value, more than paying for itself, even in the short term.
If you are considering an extension, loft conversion or home refurbishment the Design and Project Management teams at Cube Lofts offer a complete bespoke service with attention to detail, innovative ideas and competitive prices. From design and feasibility advice, through to planning, build and completion, Cube Lofts runs each project efficiently and professionally.
Contact Cube Lofts and let them turn your ideas into reality.
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