Single Storey House Extension Ideas for Your Home

A single storey house extension can add valuable space to your home, without costing you a fortune. When creating a single storey extension, you can normally get to work straight away, and often without planning permission. A single storey extension will be quicker to build, and it can still provide you with lots of extra space. Read on for some ideas on how to ensure you make the most of your new room.

Single Storey House Extension Ideas : Open Plan Living

If you are short on space in your home, then adding an extension can help a great deal. But, you need to be careful about the type of extension you add, and make the most of the space you have. An extension that is entirely separate and shut behind a door will create an extra room or rooms; what it won’t do is create the impression of space. The best way to create space with an essentially small extension is by creating an open plan living area.

Let’s take an example that at present you have a lounge, dining room, and small kitchen that are all separate. This is quite a common set up, and up until recent years, was the norm. That was before open living spaces became fashionable. When you create an open plan living space, your kitchen will become the hub of your home, and will flow continuously into your lounge and dining areas.

Creating this kind of design is something that needs careful planning. Bristol Builders Network can put you in touch with a team of designers and builders that will help you throughout all stages of your extension build. If you need to open up space within your existing home, you will need to be sure that walls can be knocked through without causing any structural damage. A lounge that leads into a dining room that then leads onto a single storey house extension island kitchen can be yours. All you need to do is plan in advance and ensure you are clear about what you want and need.

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Having a large kitchen with an island and bar stools is not really possible in the majority of UK homes. Kitchens are simply not built to be big enough to accommodate a larder style fridge and an island. To create this type of look, it is a great idea to move your kitchen into your new single storey extension. To save time and money, you can even try and conserve some of the units you already have in your kitchen, creating an eating and relaxing area in your new extension.


Depending on your plans and needs, you may wish to install an extra bathroom in your single storey extension. This will depend on the proximity of your nearest bathroom in your home. To keep the price down, you may choose to add a toilet, rather than a complete washroom or bathroom. A bathroom can be a handy addition to your single storey extension however. On summer days, a wet room downstairs is the perfect place to cool off when you come in from outdoors, without having to traipse through your home, or upstairs.

Staying in Budget

One of the most, if not the most important issues you should be thinking about is your budget. Setting a budget before you fall in love with a new kitchen is a must. Firstly, a quick search online will show you the average price of a single storey house extension. But, these quotes are just for the structural work. What you need to decide is how much you can afford to spend on the build, and the fixtures, fittings, and furnishings. There is nothing worse than an empty extension that has been built, but that you cannot afford to furnish.

When planning your budget, you need to think about the structural work, and many other things besides. The type of doors that lead to your extension can eat into your budget a great deal, as can doors that lead from your extension to your garden. Your flooring should be consistent with that of your home too. If the primary use for your new extension is a kitchen, then once again, this will take a large chunk out of your budget.

Countertops and cabinets can be expensive, depending on your choice of style. Lastly, you will want to add the finishing touches to your new room, such as adding furniture, plants, wall decoration, and extra trimmings. All these should be added into your budget, ensuring you really have what it takes to finish your new room to your exact specifications.

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