Design Inspiration: Dining Room Extension Ideas

Dining rooms are so much more than a space to eat. They’re for entertaining, spending time with friends and family, sharing the events of your day, and even doubling up as a workspace. As with so many multifunction spaces in modern homes, great dining room extensions should support all these important aspects of your lifestyle – whether your home is large or small. Here are some dining room extension ideas to inspire your project, from our design and construction team in London.

Dining room extension in Forest Hill, London

Bold and Glamorous Living in Forest Hill

Dining room extensions can make a strong statement through bold design, as you can see in this dining room extension in Forest Hill. This is a large, full-width extension running along the rear of a terraced home that creates a spacious room for cooking, dining and entertaining. The industrial-chic look is achieved with gold accents, rich colours, and elegant Crittall-style iron doors that let plenty of natural light – along with garden views – flood into the space.

Dining room extension in East Dulwich, London

Everything a Family Needs in East Dulwich
In smaller properties, every square metre of space needs to be put to the best possible use, and this dining room extension in East Dulwich shows just how much difference a custom design can make! With a side return and rear extension, this terrace is transformed into a modern, stylish, and spacious entertaining and dining area. The extension is brightened and made more spacious through the use of large skylights, while the full-length bifold doors allow you to incorporate the outdoor entertainment space with the indoor space to make it even larger.

Dining room extension in Richmond, London

Room to Grow in Richmond

When it comes to family living, there’s no such thing as too much space. In this Richmond semi-detached home extension, you can experience the best of both worlds through shared space for dining, cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. It’s a space where everyone can come together without stepping on each other’s toes, where parents can entertain and keep an eye on the kids as they play. The two sets of bifold doors work to bring in plenty of natural light as well as expand this space right out into the back garden for easy family living.

Dining room extension in Haringey, London

Minimalist City Living in Haringey

Modern, minimalist, and welcoming, this Haringey kitchen and dining room extension shows how elegant, simple design can create space for vibrant living. This extension is just 5.7 x 5.2 metres but transforms the way the home is used, knocking down an old extension and adding character through exposed brick and playful modern kitchen design. Now with great flow out from the kitchen through the dining area and into the garden via large, glazed sliding doors, it’s the perfect space for a romantic dinner or a summer party with friends.

Dine in Everyday Style in Ruislip

Sleek and chic, this Ruislip dining extension offers an everyday escape from the ordinary, turning every meal into a luxurious experience. With large, glazed sliding doors, the timeless kitchen and dining space open out into the garden, bringing in beautiful views and natural light. Rich colours and thoughtful décor ensure that the space is warm, visually interesting, and has plenty of storage. Ideal for everyday use as well as large dinner parties, it’s a versatile and modern space that is an ideal home for families and entertaining.

Dining room extension in Colliers Wood, London

Cosy Cottagecore in Colliers Wood

With soft pastel colours, shaker design elements, and stripped wooden floors, this Colliers Wood dining room extension has the cosy country look but the spaciousness of a large, modern home. With large rear sliding doors and skylights down the side return, this extension gets plenty of sunlight through the day while fitting in seamlessly with the original architecture of the terrace. This extension transformed the flow of the ground floor, allowing our design team to create a kitchen, dining room, and lounge area as well as creating coat space and a downstairs WC.

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Create the Home You’ve Been Dreaming About with Plus Rooms

PlusRooms is a full-service provider for all types of home extensions in the greater London area, including loft, kitchen, and dining room extensions. We’ll work with you through the entire process, from designing your extension and managing planning permission to building the project and ensuring that it is completed to your satisfaction. Please contact us to find out more about our home extensions, to be inspired by our dining room extension design ideas, and to start the journey towards your dream home.

Should You Choose a Flat Roof or Pitched Roof for Your Extension?

One of the first major design decisions you’ll have to make when extending your home is whether to use a flat roof or a pitched roof for your extension. While there’s no straightforward answer to which one is best, there are important benefits and drawbacks to each option. In this article, our London-based home renovation team looks at what to consider in the pitched roof vs flat roof decision-making process, so you get the best option for your property.

Pitched Roofs – The Pros and Cons

Pitched Roof Extension in London

A pitched roof is any roof that has a peak, creating that distinctive triangular shape we all know so well.

Here’s what we like about this design:

  • Traditional aesthetics – This is the most traditional roof shape, making it settle easily into neighbourhoods with a similar aesthetic. If your home already has a pitched roof, a pitched roof on your extension will make it look like a natural part of the existing structure. It may also be required in certain listed buildings and areas.
  • Natural light – By creating a higher roof, you can also maximise the amount of natural light into the building, especially if you combine this with roof lighting in the apex of the triangle you create. This brings in a lot of sunlight by accommodating the angle of the sun throughout the day.
  • More volume indoors – If you leave the vault of the pitched roof exposed in your design, you get a much more spacious extension. You can use this to create a dramatic feature in your room, add a loft space, or place larger, more dramatic light fixtures to create a focal point.
  • Greater longevity – Pitched roofs require strong materials, greater labour, and design, so they tend to last much longer and require less maintenance. This is also because they naturally shed water and snow more easily, reducing the risks of damp and moisture damage.

But this type of roof design also comes with several drawbacks to consider:

  • More costly to build – Because of the design, materials, and labour needed to build this type of roof, pitched roofs are more expensive and take longer to build.
  • Intrusive – Pitched roofs don’t always suit the existing building and can infringe on upstairs windows or balcony structures. They may also impact your home’s view or the view of neighbouring homes.
  • Style – If your home already has a flat roof or a distinct style, a pitched roof can look out of place if added onto your home.

You can see the look and benefits of pitched roof extensions for yourself in some of our favourite projects, including this home kitchen extension in Isleworth, this traditional pitched roof extension in Battersea, and this open-plan living space in East Dulwich.

Flat Roofs – The Pros and Cons

Flat Roof Extension in London

Flat roofs have a lot to offer in a home extension and have come a long way in terms of their style and build quality, especially if installed by a specialist team.

What we love about flat roof extensions:

  • Affordability – Flat roof extensions are straightforward and simple to install, so the costs are much lower than with a pitched roof. Even when using a specialist design and construction team, it will usually be a very cost-effective option.
  • Skylights – There are some very high-quality skylights specifically designed for flat roofs that allow you to bring in a lot of natural light. There is a greater variety of skylights for flat roofs, and they can be individual or run the length of an extension, forming a structural as well as an aesthetic part of the roof design.
  • Versatile – Flat roof extensions, when designed properly, can look great on almost any type of existing architecture. You can design it to create a modern feature that contrasts against traditional architecture or make it look like a seamless addition to the home.
  • Non-intrusive – A flat roof extension can be designed not to intrude on the views or sunlight into the upper storeys of the home and won’t intrude on neighbouring views or structures as they will be level with the existing walls. You can also plant them up with wildflowers to make them sink into the natural surroundings even more.

As with pitched roofs, there are several drawbacks to consider:

  • Lower ceiling – A standard flat roof extension will naturally create a lower internal ceiling. This should be designed to comfortably accommodate your living space, but you won’t have the high-volume space of a pitched roof.
  • Higher maintenance – Today’s flat roofs use very high-quality materials, including waterproofing, and are designed with a slope to help shed water effectively. However, it is likely that your roof will need more maintenance in the long-term to keep it in perfect condition and prevent water ingress.
  • Lower efficiency – Pitched roofs can naturally accommodate more insulation, so they are a better energy efficiency option than flat roofs. This may impact your energy bills, but a good team should be able to optimise the energy efficiency of your flat roof extension.

You can see the versatility and benefits of flat roof extensions in some of our most elegant projects, including this modern glass roof extension in Richmond Upon Thames, an industrial-chic extension in Thames Ditton, and a contemporary addition to a Victorian terrace in Tooting.

We hope you enjoyed our input into the flat roof vs pitched roof debate and got the information you need to design your dream home. 

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End-to-end Design and Construction Services for Your Home Extension

PlusRooms is a leading design and construction firm in London that specialises in custom property extensions, using flat, pitched, crown, and combination roof options. Our talented team will lead you through the process from start to finish, guiding you in making the choice on flat roofs vs pitched roofs, and helping you get the best floorplan, features, and quality for your budget. Whether you want a home for entertaining, for family living, or for your own enjoyment and investment purposes, we’re here to make that dream come true. In over 17 years we’ve helped over 1,400 homeowners transform their houses – contact us and let’s see what we can do for you.

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How should I approach my home extension?

Faced with high moving costs and a scarcity of homes currently available on the market, many homeowners are considering extending their property.  But navigating local regulations, budgeting, and choosing between the many options available can be difficult. 

We ask James Bernard, Director of Plus Rooms, a design and build company that has completed over 1400 home extension, for his tips on how you should approach your extension project.  

Work to a clear budget

Ideally, you want to be given a clear and transparent idea of costs ahead of the works, including architectural drawings, structural calculations, and getting the permissions in place.  If you’re looking to add value to your home, keep in mind that a wraparound extension will be more expensive than a rear extension, but you obviously get a much bigger space as a result, and the value per square metre is much better.

Research your local permission rules

Extension rules might vary from council to council, some local Governments allow wraparound extensions for example, but only under certain conditions.  The requirement is often to have a reduced wall height against the boundary wall, so it is an ideal choice if you own a terrace property with a side return space, it’s often useful to look at what other properties on your street have done. 

Rear extension can require less paperwork

Regulations tend to be more flexible, and you can often apply under either permitted development or prior approval – which can be a much simpler process.  So, I would say, if you don’t have an existing outrigger, consider a rear extension.

Bigger is not always better

Your garden is really important when it comes to calculating the value of your home, so over-extending can be counterproductive when it comes to selling your property.  Be mindful of the garden space your currently have and make sure that a certain proportion of it is retained post-extension.  If possible, try to incorporate unused side areas into a side return.  This will allow you to maximise your ground floor area without affecting the view and feel of your garden. 


Visualise how you will use your new space

A wraparound extension is the best choice for open plans because you end up with more space overall.  The room will also be better proportioned, making it easier to fit a kitchen / dining / living space into the area.  On the other hand, a rear extension extending onto the outrigger can allow you to make more of the space in your side return.  We find that it is a dead space for a lot of clients, so it can be a way to make more productive use of that area and help you make the most of your garden.

Rethink the traffic flow in your home

Adding an extension can attract more traffic to the rea of your property, and if this is not anticipated, it might affect your new space.  To help with this, at Plus Roos, we try to cut some of the traffic flow by targeting it to specific paths, Blocking up part of the opening into the rear reception, for example, can be an efficient way of doing this and gives the space the best chance of working in its own right.

Anticipate changes in your daily life during the works

Depending on the type of extension your choose, your daily life can be affected by the works, and that is something you will need to anticipate.  Setting up a temporary kitchen in another room will probably be required when the original one if decommissioned, so include this in your budget.  If you’re working from home, consider where you will have your working space to minimise disruption.

Take steps to prevent isolation loss during the works

It’s always best to work in sealed areas to live comfortably in the remaining parts of the house during the building works.  This is especially important in winter.  At Plus Rooms, we typically build our extensions first, ensure they are weathertight, and the connect them to the main house, so there is no disruption to the areas you live in.

Glazing might affect your energy bills

A lot of glazing on the back of a south-facing property will create a greenhouse effect, whereas a north-facing house will have to be heated a lot more if it has excessive glazing.  Building Regulations now require a lot of insulation from both the structural and glazing point of view, but it’s key to get the right balance of structure and glass.

Think of how your new space will work with the rest of the house

A new extension is often an opportunity to create a difficult atmosphere and a ‘stand out’ space within your home.  Still, you need to consider how the new area will connect with the original parts and rooms of the existing property.  Some people have a classic home internally, but they step away from this idea when they complete their rear ground-floor extension, and this creates a nice modern and traditional style fusion.  Choosing the same flooring, cornicing or wall colours throughout the whole floor an also provide a certain amount of consistency so that it’s not too jarring and can just help bring the difficult areas of the home together.