Side Returns Extension

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Do you want to extend your property without eating into your precious outdoor space? A side return extension may be the right solution for you. 

 

A side return extension uses the alleyway down the side of a property to turn a generally unused area into extra living space in semi-detached and terraced houses. 

 

It may seem that gaining only a few extra feet of inside space isn't worth the expense and major works, however, those few feet can transform a small galley kitchen into a spacious family kitchen diner. 

 

The perk of a side extension over a full rear extension is that the space you are gaining isn't taking away from precious outdoor space, and instead utilises 'dead space'.

 

Before beginning a side returns extension, you will need to consider:

 

  • Planning permission

  • How will you introduce lighting into the room - both natural and synthetic lighting?

  • How to connect the new indoors space with outside? Bifold patio doors are a popular solution to making the space flow.

  • How simple will removing internal walls be?

  • Can you live without direct garden access from the front of the house? You will lose any access by building across the alleyway which once gave you access to the garden.

  • Do you need any party wall agreements?

  • Creating a functional and utilised layout within the new space

 

Whilst not all homes are suitable for a side return extension there are plenty of other options to consider when you're looking to expand your home. Give Reliance a call on 020 78 59 4172 for expert advice on how to make the most out of your home.

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