A wraparound extension can add much-needed space to your existing property. These L-shaped extensions essentially combine a front or rear extension with a side return extension.
Wraparound extensions are typically more complex to construct than standard side or rear extensions, although they offer greater volumes of space and complete flexibility. With a wraparound extension, you’ll find it much easier to re-order the layout of your entire home to suit your requirements. With a bit of clever engineering, you can even remove entire corners of current space to breathe life into your home with an attractive and vast open-plan living space.
Why Consider An L-Shaped Extension?
This type of house extension is perfect for those who want much more space without having to move from their existing property. Those who were considering a double-storey extension that has been denied by town planners might find that they have more luck with their local planning authority with a single storey wraparound extension.
A wraparound extension is useful for those who want to increase the size of their dining area, living room or kitchen. The possibilities are practically limitless – from the entire remodelling of floors, the creation of additional rooms or the boxing-off/splitting of existing rooms, the creative options are unbounded and governed only by your design capability and vision.
Will I Need Planning Permission For An L-Shaped Extension?
While all local authorities are different in their approach to planning, it’s worth noting that most (if not all) large L-shaped extensions will require planning permission from the council. Before acting on plans, you should lodge an application and await its results. Beginning construction without requisite permission could prove costly if your application is denied, and you may be forced to reverse any work you have undertaken.
Saving On Garden Space
Unlike standard rear extensions, you won’t have to sacrifice as much green space with an L-shaped extension. This is perfect if you live in a densely populated area and allows you to make use of otherwise unused space in the alleyway at the side of your home. Much of this space simply goes to waste and is used as a corridor or for storage, so it makes sense to allow it to work for you instead of simply existing for the sake of it.
How Much Does A Wraparound Extension Cost?
There are several factors which could affect the cost of an extension, including its size, the amount of glazing involved, the level of structural work required, the hourly rates of your construction team, material costs and legal fees.
The average L-shaped extension will generally set homeowners back somewhere in the region of £40,000 – although it’s worth considering as an investment as an extension could add as much as £100,000 to the value of your property.
Call BDS Architecture today for help and advice on planning an L-shaped extension.