As a homeowner, you want to get the most out of your home extension layout. Additional spaces can help you unlock the potential of your property, while allowing you to create a space that suits your personality.
At first, it might seem like it’s all about the exterior. The planning, design and permission stages often focus on what the property will look like from the outside, how the neighbours will be affected, whether it’s in keeping with the rest of the area and how it flows with the rest of the building. But the interesting bit is when you consider the home extension layout design’s affect on your day-to-day life.
This blog post will show you EXACTLY how to design your extension layout so that you can add space, comfort and value to your home. You’ll see the examples of amazing home extension layout ideas and an explanation of why they work so well. This article will help you to design and build an extension that will envy your neighbours.
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In Part I, we will touch on the fundamentals of home extension layout design. Then we will discuss, in Part II, the role of the architect and some of the complexities involved in this sort of project.
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With a good home extension interior design and layout configuration, a new room can look and feel like it has always been there. Good quality design adds value to your property and makes it a pleasure to live in. But far too many people don’t acknowledge the importance of interior design in determining the layout of their extension.
Let’s be honest: Like many others, you may be tempted to ask your builder to layer plaster and paint magnolia. This often adds nothing to the look and feel of the extension. You’re probably looking to extend your property because you need a higher-quality space to suit your everyday needs. If your extension layout is poorly designed, then what’s the point? Make no mistake about it.
Working out the best home extension layout for you and your family can be tricky and will depend on the spatial-limitations of your extension. First, let’s review the different kinds of extensions:
Before you decide what type of home extension you want, it’s a good idea to think about what your home is missing. Here are seven questions to help you get started.
After you’ve worked out what you need, you should be able to determine what type of extension you want. You will then be able to work on designing your layout.
Home extension layouts should always be designed to suit your lifestyle. Families generally require a large, open-plan living and dining room with an extra downstairs WC and a utility room. Sometimes, an additional bedroom (or even a study) can help you be your best self, providing extra study space or a home office.
Interior design and layouts go hand in hand. Deciding what you like and how it fits into your property will change the entire space. Below are some examples of home extension layouts which have been designed by our team here at Urbanist Architecture.
Each of the following corresponds to one of the seven questions mentioned above. (Note: the names are fictional.)
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In a petite two-bed semi-detached house, the Martinsons love to cook and spend time with their two young children. Prior to extending, their kitchen was small and did not fit in with their activities.
They decided to build a rear extension to provide a large family space where they can cook and be messy. With more room, the Martinsons were able to find a little more peace in their day-to-day lives.
The Millers are a retired couple who love their family. Because their grandchildren are growing up far too quickly, they decided to augment their two-bed terraced house with some additional bedrooms for sleepovers.
They chose a first floor extension over their existing ground floor to provide an additional bedroom. Now, they can enjoy the company of their grandkids more often than before.
The Watsons needed more space for their family to grow and to address the recurring issue of children hogging the bathroom. The family decided they needed more bathrooms to reduce their daily stress level and more space generally, so they didn’t feel like they were on top of one another.
Once the side extension was constructed, mornings become far less stressful, and the family became more cohesive.
This person had big plans. They no longer wanted to live alone, and they wanted to invest in their future. Consequently, this person bought a house and decided to add a bedroom in the loft for themselves – the other two existing bedrooms would be used by two rent-paying roommates.
Now, this homeowner is surrounded by new friends, has a gorgeous loft bedroom and is earning a return on their investment.
Mary and Winston moved into to their first home not long before they decided to put in a loft conversion. Mary, who often works from home, longed for her own space so she could focus on her daily tasks.
After some consideration, they both decided that an L-shaped dormer loft conversion would provide them with the space they needed. Now, Mary can leave her work in her new office, without having to carry it around the house.
Edward and Margaret have lived in their house for years, and they absolutely adore their garden. One day, they decided it would be better to see more of the garden from the other rooms.
That’s why they chose to add a rear extension. This gave them more access to the back of their home and more natural light. In the end, they became much happier in a more spacious, light-filled home.
Samira had issues getting around and needed something that was a little more open. Her house had narrow corridors, and it was difficult to access the other rooms on the ground floor. She desperately needed an open plan so she could move around with more freedom and carry out daily activities without any impediments.
Now, with her new layout, she can get around with ease and her life is generally more pleasant.
Home extension layout examples are all well and good, but how exactly do you go about making these big decisions?
One answer is to call an RIBA chartered reputable architecture firm with experience in extension layout design. Here are some of the things an architect can help you with.
Let’s dig a little deeper now…
First, an architect can help you in the planning stages. They can assist you in conceptualising the extension by considering the interior design as well as the exterior.
A quality architect will know their materials and will consider the use of light and space, helping you develop a new addition that enhances the quality of your life. The simple truth is a home extension doesn’t come cheap, so you want to pursue solutions in a cost-effective manner.
The good news is with a home extension layout design that has been well-thought-out and effectively implemented, your home can have that mythical wow factor. It can become a place that serves your needs — a place you’ll want to spend time in. The planning in the beginning stages goes a long way toward delivering a home extension that looks and feels just right.
A skilled architect can also help you solve those difficult problems that seem to have no solutions. The truth is many homes in the UK were built a hundred or more years ago don’t match our contemporary lifestyle. People now want the kitchen to be the focal point of the home and want a seamless transition between inside and outside spaces.
There’s only one way to solve these problems in an effective way. With the right home extension exterior and interior design, your new addition will seem like it has always been there.
If your home extension layout is meant to provide a bigger kitchen where the family and guests can congregate, then consider what this will look like before you submit a planning application or lay a brick. An architect will help you consider:
An architect can help you go beyond the bigger-and-better mentality, toward something elegant and bespoke.
Architects can help guide you through the design process. There are certain principles that any interior designer should follow to ensure high quality. Architects and interior designers spend hours working out the best way to make the most of your home.
Here are some tips on how to get the same effect quickly.
Think about the balance in the room so it feels homely. By considering symmetry, your extension will look and feel like it has been put together by a professional. You can either use:
The balance of your room will make it feel stylish and well-designed.
The feeling of light is by far the most important principle when dealing with home extension interior design. Human beings, when it comes down to it, are deeply affected by light. It may be something that harks back thousands of years when our ancestors occupied (extensionless) caves, but whatever the reason, we seek out homes that are full of light. If you lack natural light then you will have to carefully consider the use of strategically placed light bulbs to boost the natural feeling.
Set a focal point to ensure that the room draws interest and attention. The people who live in your home and brand-new extension will take to it much more quickly if you have a single point of interest. This can be a fireplace, a flat screen TV or a statement piece of furniture.
The rhythm of the room is hard to define but looks great when you get it right. Using a small palette of colour can help you establish a rhythm or pattern that will drive people to spend more time there. You don’t want to spend all that money on an extension and never use it.
The devil is in the details of any room or home. It’s the little things: like making sure the colours match on the edging of the sofa. By obsessing over the details, you can spend more time making the right decisions. In the end, it will all be worth it when you achieve the desired result.
It’s simple. Because architects are trained in a variety of areas, they can help you keep the big picture in mind. Your home should feel like one single piece of real estate – not a series of unconnected rooms. No! No! No!
When you build an extension, you run the risk of adding a sore-thumb to your property. This doesn’t have to be the case. The period or style of your existing home should be connected to the new extension. This means that you should design the best home extension layout, and use the colour schemes, furniture and wall coverings that already exist in your home.
An extension can be an excuse to get the rest of the property redecorated or ready for the change, but you shouldn’t overhaul your home until you have the extension built. You want to get a sense of how the spaces flow together before making major changes to the other rooms – and you can decrease the chances of messing up the freshly painted or papered walls. Yes, it’s true!
The transition between the current home and the extension is key. You want the new addition to flow seamlessly into the rest of the home. Correct?
Finding the right architect to perfect your home extension interior will pay dividends in years to come. You spend so much time in your home – it’s obvious, but it needs to be highlighted – so you want it to feel as comfortable and be as practical as possible. In this regard, your extension is vital.
If you have decided that an extension is right for you, then you must consider the interior as well as the exterior. You will live in the property for years to come. Down the line, when it comes time to sell, the extension will help determine the value of the property.
Fact: If you get the home extension interior design right, the extension can add value in droves. Get it wrong and you may lose potential buyers and make your home less comfortable.
There are loads of examples on our portfolio that have imaginative, exciting and engaging extensions that add character, practicality and value to their respective properties. In all of these examples, you will find that interior design is of the highest standard.
Attention to detail for the interior of a property changes the way it looks and the way it feels for the occupant. Creating an eye-catching interior will help you feel at home immediately and will also give your property a boost when you do decide to put it on the market – if indeed you ever reach that stage!
There’s no predetermined formula for achieving the optimal layout. Choosing the best extension layout is about designing a room that fulfills your needs and matches your everyday lifestyle. Your home is your sanctuary – it’s where you go to relax and get away from the world. So it’s important to choose the right design.
We at Urbanist Architecture can help you optimise your space and aid you in the planning permission stages of your development. If you need help picking the best layout, reach out to us today.