Designing your Ideal Extension
If you are considering extending or improving your home, it can be really hard to know where to start. Browse through our Gallery below to find advice and inspiration
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Designing and planning your house extension
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While more and more people like light-filled, sociable spaces - they also want privacy and cosy corners. The result is the evolution of broken-plan living
Planning a kitchen makeover? Before you start, follow this guide to help you decide if an island is right for you
What to consider when building a wraparound extension at the back and side of your home.
Super-stylish and practical, wet rooms are the ultimate in showering chic. Read on for tips and advice to achieve the perfect design.
A single-storey extension can add valuable living space and update your home in a way that makes the decision to improve rather than move the right one.
If you’re looking to improve your home, why not invest in window shutters? They create kerb appeal, keep out the cold and work well in any room whether it’s the living room, bedroom or bathroom.
From slim metal spindles to transparent glass panels, choose a balustrade to boost your staircase style.
Clever storage is key to creating a clutter-free kitchen, perfect for cooking or socialising. Here we run through some stylish solutions to common kitchen dilemmas
Whether extending or renovating, you will need to choose a roof tile that creates a long-lasting, weatherproof and attractive covering to your home. Here we look at the pros and cons of slate, clay and concrete products.
From the smoothest, white limestone and marble to textured, dark granite and slate, the design possibilities of stone flooring are endless.
Summer is here, and with the arrival of brighter days and warmer nights comes an abundance of reasons to spend more time in your garden. Here, Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, shares his tips for lighting up your outdoor space so you can spend more time outside in the evening this summer
It’s a big decision choosing the best worktop for your kitchen. The options may seem endless, but it’s worth taking the time to get it right.
Glass box extensions are a cutting-edge alternative to the traditional brick addition and an increasingly popular way to add space and style to your home
Wood flooring has a timeless beauty that will never be out of fashion and can improve your home. But how do you choose between solid wood, engineered or laminate?
If only there was a magic wand that could achieve marvels and with one wave could make your beautiful new extension miraculously appear. Unfortunately, planning and building a successful home extension requires a lot of preparation, leg work and time. And lots of it.
Ceiling height can make all the difference between a cramped room where you are feel boxed-in and a lofty, airy space
Passivhaus promises maximum year-round comfort with minimum bills for heating. So how does it work and are there any disadvantages?
Drinking wine is one of life’s great pleasures. So, it’s not surprising there’s a growing trend to incorporate a sizeable space for a wine collection into the design of homes.
From cabinet colours to countertops, what’s sizzling hot? Whether you’re planning to remodel your kitchen or simply refresh, here are some of the top trends
The staircase gives a first and lasting impression of your home. Here are some design ideas to give it more ‘wow’ factor
We take a look at the design dos and don’t to create a bathroom that looks stylish and functions brilliantly for years to come.
For the last two decades, a cosy snug room has become the must-have feature of modern family living - but is it a good use of space?
Can’t decide whether to extend your home or do a loft conversion? Stop going round in circles and read our three-point plan to help you decide if extending upwards or sideways is right for you.
Underfloor heating can be completely hidden unlike bulky radiators, is efficient and toe-warming but which, if any, system is right for your home extension or room renovation?
Bifold doors that ‘bring the outside in’ have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years but how do they differ from sliding doors? Which option is best for you?
From front door panels to glass ceilings and from bathroom windows to kitchen cabinets, there are numerous ways to add stained glass to your home
A well-designed open plan layout can make for a light, spacious and sociable home – but planning is key
If you need more living space, what’s cheaper? Moving house or extending into the attic?
Loft conversions can be so much more than just an extra bedroom. If you are struggling for extra family space to accommodate teenagers or elderly parents, converting your loft is one of the most affordable ways to create a multi-generational living space.
From loft conversions to rear extensions, growing numbers of homeowners are extending their homes to create extra space rather than moving to a bigger property. But what are your options for financing the building work?
Why move when you can improve? With rising property prices, savvy homeowners are increasingly opting to stay put and extend the home they are living in to get extra space and value. But where do you begin?
Side return extensions are a hugely popular way of extending semi-detached and end of terraced homes. Here some practical tips and inspiration to help you make the most of this sliver of space.
From architects to structural engineers and quantity surveyors – successful home extensions often rely on trusted building professionals who can help the beginner avoid costly mistakes. We take a look at the key experts and who you might want to involve
If you are planning a home extension it can be tricky to know where to start. Do you call an architect first or a builder?
Extending a kitchen-diner or converting the loft is a great way to create more space and value without the hassle of moving. But before you jump in and start knocking down walls, there is some important and even boring stuff you need to consider.
Do I need planning permission?
In the exciting journey of building a home extension getting planning permission is usually up there with hiring skips and coping with builders. Usually boring and sometimes frustrating but 100 per cent necessary
A selection of case Studies
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For some home-owners, installing solar panels on the roof of their home cuts electricity bills and earns them thousands of pounds.
A case study detailing how one home owner redesigned his garden on a very small budget
When Antonia and her family moved into their Edwardian semi-detached home in Winchester the kitchen was dark and dated but they saw it had potential.
A case study describing why a homeowner decided to add a window to a bathroom and how he did it
A case study describing how one homeowner decided whether to install a wood burning stove or have an open fireplace
A case study on how one home owner complied with Building Regulations when building a large extension
Case study of an extension to improve a small, cramped and dated kitchen into a spacious kitchen diner
A case study showing the decision making process one home owner followed when trying decide whether to move or improve
A case study on how graphic designer Louise and Martin, an accountant, turned their “florid Victoriana” bathroom into a stylish, calm retreat.