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Design Inspiration: Wraparound Extension Ideas

Wraparound house extensions are one of the most effective ways to maximise space. By combining a rear and side extension, you can reinvent how you use the space, creating the large and airy living and kitchen spaces or multiple new rooms that are in such high demand by the market. In this way, you increase the value of your home as well as the quality of life you experience within it. It’s an entire lifestyle makeover for your property – so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most desirable extension options.

What is a Wraparound House Extension?

This is an extension that is a hybrid of a side and rear extension, giving you the best of both worlds by simultaneously pushing out two sides of your home to intelligently optimise the space and flow of the property. How much space you can gain depends on the size of your house and garden, but this project can easily add on 15-60 square meters of additional space – no small matter for London properties.

These extensions can be completed in any style you may imagine, whether you want something that fits in seamlessly with your existing property or adds a vibrant contrast. Of course, all L-shaped or wraparound extensions are subject to planning permission, as they don’t fall under permitted development rights, but the right construction partner can walk you through this process and get your dream project on track quickly and seamlessly.

Design Inspiration for Wraparound House Extensions

Here are a few examples of how wraparound extensions can transform your home.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Woodbastwick Road

Space for Family Life in Sydenham

The hustle and bustle of family life can make spacious houses feel small and cramped in no time at all, with space being taken up by the toys, furnishings, homework, and everyday belongings that every family carries with them. This practical wraparound extension added breathing space to this Sydenham home, creating dedicated zones for relaxing, dining, cooking, and spending time with each other without anyone getting underfoot. It was carefully designed to incorporate the character of the original property through exposed brickwork, beams, and a stylish herringbone floor, grounding the new extension in the older, existing property. Large sliding doors and skylights ensure the space feels light and airy through the day, making it a space for all to enjoy.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Sefton Street

Light and Air in Putney

When the kitchen is the heart of the home, it deserves extra special treatment – which is exemplified in this Putney wraparound kitchen extension. Designed to create an eclectic, family-friendly space, this kitchen extension is graced with fresh, sage green cabinetry, Zellige tiles, and engineered parquet flooring. It’s a great example of a sensitive, low-maintenance design, and the cleverly-placed glazing brings the outdoors and indoors together to enhance its appeal even further.

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Reinventing Home Life in Peckham

If you need proof that a wraparound extension can be a life-changing project, look no further than this home in Peckham. A flat roof L-shaped extension fully transformed this home, taking out an old extension to push 9 metres in-depth and the full width to the side return. The combination pitched flat roof creates strong visual interest and space for light to flood the rooms below, and the elegant lines are echoed in the internal ceiling beams and the Crittall-style doors that open out wide into the garden.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Telegraph Lane

Tradition Meets Modern Family Life in Esher

While many extensions are about maximising living space in tight quarters, this Esher home shows that wraparound extensions can also add value to traditional, free-standing homes. By demolishing a dated side extension, this beautiful heritage home is given a sympathetic and elegant transformation for modern life. By incorporating three angles into the roof, natural light floods the space throughout the day while the large-scale panel sliding doors showcase the lush garden. A cleverly-designed beam in the interior allows vintage treasures to be showcased above the kitchen and rearranging the floor space made the creation of a new utility room possible.

Plus Rooms kitchen extension Parma Cres

Bold, Minimalist Style in Wandsworth

Wraparound extensions are a great opportunity to reinvent your home’s style, creating a flash of modern minimalism to contrast and enhance a traditional space. This home in Wandsworth shows just how innovative and different an extension can be, utilising structural glass fins to support the new roof rather than UPVC or aluminium and pushing the new space right through to the old reception area to create a single, flowing space filled with light. To enhance this effect, the flooring runs flush through to the outdoor courtyard, allowing you to open the sliding doors up to expand the space seamlessly in good weather.

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Create the Space You Need for the Life You Want

Plus Rooms is a family-run business specialising in bespoke residential extensions, including wraparound extensions. As a full-service company, we work with you through every step of your project, from design to construction and delivery of the final structure.

Design Inspiration: Side Extension Ideas

Side extensions are a simple and practical way of adding more space and light to your home without taking up too much of your garden. Instead, your ground floor would be extended out to the side, taking up that small amount of alleyway space that is rarely used to its fullest potential.

Once created, this space is yours to make your own. It may be that you want to create a lively space for dining and entertaining, or perhaps a warm and comforting family room where everyone can feel at ease. In this article, we’ll be delving into some of the practical considerations involved in a side extension, not to mention some standout extension projects that have been designed and built by the Plus Rooms team.

What to consider when planning a side extension

  • Planning permission – Your project manager will be able to guide you through the side house extension planning permission process. Generally speaking, you will not usually need planning permission for a single-storey side extension that is up to 4m in height and no wider than half the width of the home. Keep in mind that this process may be more complex if your home is listed, if the side extension is especially large or tall (for example, if it increases the overall height of the building or covers more than half the area of land around your home), if you are in a Conservation Area, or if you are extending towards a road.
  • Single or double-storey extensions – Single-storey extensions are one of the most popular options for good reasons. They are relatively quick and uncomplicated to design and build, and they are very effective for turning a small kitchen and living area into a generous open plan design. Two storey side extensions are possible too, and although they are more expensive to build, they can effectively improve the square meterage of the home, adding on space for a family bathroom or nursery upstairs in addition to the downstairs living space.
  • Light and views – When extending out to the side of your building you’ll want to make sure there is even light distribution, especially if your extension brings your home closer to a neighbouring property or perhaps a tall fence. Fortunately, elements such as skylights or bi-folding doors can keep things light, inviting and airy whilst also expanding your outdoor view.

Side extension ideas to inspire your family home

Side extension in Brightwell Crescent London

Brightwell Crescent

This side extension is a fantastic marriage of style and functionality. Our team was able to create a dual kitchen and living area, with enough space left over for a WC and additional storage. While there is certainly no shortage of colour, we turned the dial down ever so slightly so that all the different shades blend well as a whole. With wide triple doors and three skylights, the space is flooded with light during the warmer months.

Side extension in Fiern Road London

Friern Road

This broken plan extension combines several distinct functional areas so you can get the most out of open-plan living, while still having a dedicated space for work or hobbies. Children can have their own space to play, but you’ll still be able to keep your eye on them. This space is certainly unique in terms of shape, and we installed a large fixed glass wall so that every area gets its fair share of natural light while making the overall space seem taller.

Side extension in Albert Road London

Albert Road

This house’s rear and side extension is a great example of how an extension can transform the entire ground floor configuration of a property, making it ideal for a busy and active family. With a distinctive contemporary feel, this renovation creates a large living, kitchen and dining space that opens the home onto the garden. With a flat roof, industrial glazed French doors, and frameless skylights, the space has a real sense of character and openness.

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Bespoke design and build services in London

Plus Homes is a family-run business specialising in custom-designed kitchen extensions. We create interiors that encapsulate your lifestyle, practical needs and personal style.
From design and planning permission to construction and handover, we take care of it all, and we stand out in the market for not only our bespoke craftsmanship but our stellar customer service. For this reason, we’re proud to say that 60% of new business comes recommended to us from previous clients.

To get even more inspiration for your extension, browse our gallery of recent extension projects, or contact the Plus Rooms team to find out more about our design and build services. 

Design Inspiration: Rear Extension Ideas

If you’re interested in renovating your home to make the most out of your interior space, a rear house extension could be exactly what you’re looking for. As one of the simplest extension designs, a rear extension is an efficient and effective way to create a brand new living space that represents that perfect combination of style and function. In this article, we’ll take a look at different features of rear extensions, some practical considerations to bear in mind and, of course, some inspiring rear house extensions designed and built by the Plus Rooms team.

Types of Rear Extension Designs

For terraced, semi-detached and detached properties, extending the rear of the home into the garden space is a simple way to add on to your kitchen, dining and living areas. These typically extend the home by 3-6 metres and can include some of the following features:

  • Pitched roof extension – Pitched roofs can prevent pooling water and snow, which makes home maintenance easier and helps to prevent leaks. They also increase ceiling height, so the extension as a whole feels more spacious and inviting. The roof can be made of any traditional roofing material and there’s also the option of installing skylights, accentuating key design features with a gleam of natural light.
  • Flat roof extension – Flat roofs give homes a more modern, contemporary feel with clean structured lines. They not only offer a sleek and streamlined shape but also require less structural engineering than similar roof types, meaning they can often be a more cost-effective solution for your new extension.

What to Consider When Designing a Rear House Extension

  • Planning permission – Keep in mind that the planning permission process may be more complex if you live in a conservation area or a listed building. Generally speaking, only half of the land around the home can be used for an extension, they cannot extend higher than the original roof, and no higher than 3 metres in height within 2 metres of the boundary. Your project manager will be an invaluable resource in handling the permission process and ensuring that your extension is fully compliant.
  • Single or double-storey – Typically, single-storey extensions extend the kitchen, living area, and/or dining area while double-storey extensions create additional space for bedrooms and bathrooms. A single-storey extension is usually a more cost-effective solution, as it is easier to obtain planning permission and should require less building time than a double story extension.
  • Light – Because an extension lengthens a home, you’ll want to make sure that there is ample lighting throughout. Fortunately, our team offers an array of solutions to bring in as much natural light as possible. Whether it’s through skylights, large windows or bi-folding doors, we’ll make sure that your extension is a bright and welcoming space.

Rear House Extension Designs to Inspire You

Clever use of space in Wimbledon

When space is precious, the right design will make all the difference! This rear extension focuses on the kitchen – one of the most frequently used areas within the home. By extending into the garden with a high, vaulted pitched roof to add considerable volume, the space feels generous and airy. A simple, clean design complete with skylights makes it the perfect space to gather and entertain guests.

Lighting it up in Wandsworth

When building this rear extension in Haslemere Avenue, our goal first and foremost was to maximise space and bring the outdoors in. The flat roof creates a contemporary canvas to feature the three triple-glazed skylights, creating a space where traditional design meets modern chic. This particular extension is raised from the garden, so we decided to utilise patio space and bi-folding doors to create a multi-purpose living, dining and entertaining space.

Family Functionality in Bromley

Our task was to extend this 1930s property into a family-friendly space that felt bright and open whilst still retaining a sense of warmth. Therefore, we decided to install large sliding doors and roof glazing to bring in all of that wonderful natural light and embrace neutral sandy tones to ensure the space doesn’t feel too clinical. Of course, there is also now an abundance of space so there’s room for all of the family – and then some!

Indoor Outdoor Lifestyle in Saint John’s

Extensions don’t just help you utilise the space you have indoors, they help you get the most out of outdoor spaces too. This flat-roof rear extension in Saint John’s shows how a relatively modest extension can expand your home to the outdoors in good weather. With the seamless flow between indoors and outdoors, not to mention pops of bright, evocative colours, this space represents the best of fun, modern style without being too overwhelming.

Traditional Feel Meets Modern Living in Petergate

Our goal when designing an extension for this terraced Victorian property was to make the most of modern functionality whilst keeping its traditional spirit alive. The vaulted ceiling and gable roof is a hallmark of classic interior style, and the exposed brick wall creates a ‘modern farmhouse’ aesthetic. While the fold-out doors are a modern touch, they help expand the home’s entertainment and family living space further out into the garden.

See more kitchen extension ideas here.

Create Your Ideal Kitchen Extension with Plus Rooms

Plus Homes is a family-run business specialising in bespoke kitchen extensions, including rear home extensions. As a full-service company, we work with you through every step of your project, from design to construction and delivery of the final structure.

Over the last 17 years, we have completed more than 1,400 projects in the London area. For more rear house extension designs, please take a look at our gallery of extension projects or contact our team to see how we can transform your home.