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Design Inspiration: House Extension Ideas

The best homes are ones that you can make your own, not only enhancing your lifestyle but also adding value to your property. Here are the best house extension ideas to inspire your home’s transformation, from a bespoke design and build company in London.

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Side House Extensions

Side house extension in London.

A side extension is an extension of your house along the existing building on the right or left side. It helps to widen your ground floor, giving you a lot of extra room while using space that usually goes unused on your property and delivering a lot of natural light into your rooms. It’s usually the most affordable and popular house extension idea and often requires no planning permission – and the results blow clients away every time. Just look at how this side house extension with skylights changes this house in Fellbrigg Road to create a light and spacious kitchen/living/dining room.

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Side Return House Extensions

Side return house extension in London.

A side return extension is a lot like a side extension – but while a side extension can be done on almost any property, side return extensions are common on terraced homes. Side returns are largely unused narrow spaces for bins and outdoor storage, but with narrow terrace homes, moving this into your living space makes a world of difference to home life. Here’s how a side return extension makes this modest terrace home in Laver’s Road into the perfect entertaining and family home.

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Side and Rear House Extensions

Side and rear house extension in London.

This combines a side extension with a rear extension that pushes the footprint of the home outward both into a side return and the rear garden. This is a more expensive project, but it really delivers in terms of making a more spacious and generous living area and kitchen! In this Fawnbrake Avenue house, it allowed the owners to redesign their ground floor to add an ensuite bed and bathroom, new utility space, and rear reception all filled with natural light.

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Wraparound House Extensions

Wraparound house extension in London.

Due to their size, wraparound extensions are one of the more expensive but more impressive ways to expand your home. In this Dancer Road house, a full side and large rear extension created an 8.8m deep and 1.5-metre-wide addition, with a full 5.1 metre rear wall fully fitted with large panel sliding doors. As a result, the owners have achieved a stunning living, dining, and entertainment space ideal for accommodating family and a busy home life.

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Flat Roof House Extensions

Flat roof house extension in London.

Most types of extensions can be done with a flat roof, which is not only more cost-effective and easier for planning purposes, but also means you don’t block views from upstairs windows. Today’s flat roof extensions, and the kind our design and build company specialise in, are very high quality and drain very well, making them safe and durable. They can be fitted with large skylights to allow in plenty of natural light and deliver a sleek, modern look to your home, as they do in this stylish Forest Hill home.

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Rear House Extensions

Rear house extension in London.

Rear house extensions push your living space out towards your garden and are a good alternative to rear side extensions if you don’t have room at the side of your property. They are more affordable for this reason and give you a great opportunity to create indoor-outdoor living and entertainment spaces, as well as giving you a beautiful view onto your garden. You can see how this Pollards Hill South house achieved the ideal living, dining, and kitchen space with a rear extension that gives the room volume, light, and even new rooms.

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Loft House Extensions

Loft house extension in London.

If you can’t go outward, go upwards. Loft extensions have become increasingly popular over the years, adding new bedrooms onto your home that have the most incredible views. This stunning loft extension in Ealing W13 puts you up on the rooftops – and even with the large-scale glazing that brings in all the views, it’s a very private space too. It’s a great way to add a real wow-factor to your home.

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Dining Room Extension Ideas

A Dining room extension in London

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. Dining room extensions can make a strong statement through bold design and made to feel more spacious through the use of large skylights. Rich colours and thoughtful decor can be utilised to ensure that the space is warm, visually interesting, and has plenty of storage.

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Semi-detached House Extensions

Semi-detached house extension in London.

For homeowners looking to entertain guests, relax and enjoy time with the family, or take full advantage of their outdoor views, quality house extensions remain highly sought after. Opting for a luxury extension on your semi-detached house should be an investment, and a chance to create a bespoke living area that maximises space and acts as a stunning focal point for your home. Building an extension on your semi-detached house requires a variety of experts, from designers to builders and project managers. You can carry out certain types of work to your semi-detached house without needing to apply for Planning Permission. Instead, you can be granted ‘permitted development rights’. In the United Kingdom, all houses (excluding flats) have permitted development rights. 

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Double Storey House Extensions

Double storey house extension in London.

One of the most remarkable and effective ways to transform your house into your dream home is to extend upwards and outwards at the same time. Double storey extensions are expensive but compared to the cost of buying a sizeable property in the area you’re settled in, they’re a cost-effective choice. And that’s not to mention the benefits of being able to maximise the value of your investment and design your home to your unique specs. The cost of a double storey house extension depends on the specialists your project requires, negotiations for providing these services, and the organisations you partner with. Often, it’s a good idea to keep as many of these services with one party as possible, which streamlines the process and helps to keep costs down.

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Single Storey House Extension Design Ideas

Single storey house extension in London.

Extending the ground floor of your home is one of the most popular and affordable ways to add practical living space to a property. It’s also a great way to get creative with your home – to add character alongside functionality to make it truly yours. Depending on the design of your house and planning permissions, you can typically use a rear extension, side extension or wraparound extension to extend your single storey house. 

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Single Storey Extension Roof Ideas

Whether you want to upgrade an outdated extension or are planning on knocking your cramped ground floor into an open and airy dream kitchen and living space, don’t forget to consider the type of roof your single storey extension will have. While we spend a lot of time focusing on the square footage of your floor, remember that your roof will have a significant impact on the space. From the internal and external aesthetics to the cost of your build, the roof you choose is an important decision. Single storey extension roof options include gabled roofs, flat roofs, hip roofs, and crown roofs.

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Hipped Roof House Extension Ideas

A hipped roof house extension in London.

In construction, the sloping roof of a house without vertical slides or gables is called a hipped roof. Because of the unused space under these roofs, many homeowners choose to extend their living space upwards by creating spacious loft rooms. That’s why these extensions are called hipped roof extensions. These conversions are a very attractive and popular option despite them taking a lot of labour and being more expensive than less complex projects. This is because of how they transform the use of your property and expand your space without impinging on the garden. By creating new rooms, these extensions add considerable value to homes, especially in areas where space is at a premium. A hipped roof extension is commonly used for creating new bedrooms and bathrooms, but it can also be used to create a guest room or home office space.

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Pitched Roof House Extension Ideas

A pitched roof house extension in London.

If you want to add height, character, and volume to your home, then a pitched roof extension is exactly what you need. These extensions should be custom-built to your property and specs, and when they’re built correctly, they will add considerable value to your house as well as support the family lifestyle you love. Many people prefer pitched roof extensions because they add light and volume to the property without looking boxy or imposing. These extensions also complement a wide range of architectural styles, blending comfortably with historic, Victorian and contemporary buildings with ease or even carrying off a sharply industrial or modern design. The slope of the pitched roof makes it easy to bring light into the space through the open volume this vaulted ceiling creates, complemented by features like skylights, glazing, and sliding doors. It’s also one of the easiest ways to create space to the side of your house, with the low profile pitched roof extending off an existing flat roof or extension without interfering with neighbouring properties or your roofline. 

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Flat Roof House Extension Ideas

A flat roof house extension in London.

A bespoke flat roof house extension is easier to construct than a pitched one, which means more of your budget can go towards important features such as custom sliding or panel doors, skylights, and interior design. This also means that they are faster to build, so you can be enjoying your new living space in less time. These roof lines are much less obtrusive, which is a great design advantage if you are looking for an extension that delivers space without being bulky. This also means that they can be waterproofed and finished off easily without the need for tiling or other types of roofing. Drainage can be built into the structure, so that you don’t have unsightly gutters and downpipes spoiling those elegant, clean lines. Depending on their design and construction, a flat roof can be exceptionally strong and durable, allowing you to finish it off with bespoke touches like turf or wildflowers to create a beautiful and natural effect when viewed from above.

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Flat Roof vs. Pitched Roof for House Extensions

House extension with a pitched roof.

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. A pitched roof is the most traditional roof shape, making it settle easily into neighbourhoods with a similar aesthetic. 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.

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Indoor-Outdoor Living Design Ideas

Kitchen extension in London that facilitates indoor-outdoor living.

When the weather is beautiful, it’s natural to want to take activities like dining, lounging, and even cooking outside into the garden. And that’s exactly why indoor-outdoor living spaces have become a huge home design trend in recent years. Indoor-outdoor living spaces can be as simple or creative as you want, making them a very versatile addition to your home. When designing your indoor-outdoor living area, every project should be bespoke, but some critical ground rules to follow include having your indoor and outdoor flooring at the same level, using floor-to-ceiling openings onto your outdoor space, and creating consistency with your interior and exterior design to help bring the spaces together.

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Choose the Best Design and Build Company to Create Your Dream Home Extension in the UK

PlusRooms is an experienced, full-service design and construction business in the UK, handling every aspect of your construction projects and with an exceptional track record of completing over 1,400 projects in homes throughout London to world-class standards. In addition to handling small home extensions and kitchen extensions, we also specialise in single storey, double storey, and loft extensions. Contact us today to find out more about our house extensions or to get a quote on your project.

Kitchen Decor Ideas: Spicing Up the Heart of Your Home

The kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where meals are prepared, conversations flow, and memories are made. As a homeowner, you have the opportunity to transform this essential space into a stylish and functional area that reflects your personality and taste through kitchen decor. In this comprehensive guide from London’s leading kitchen extension design and build company, we’ll explore a variety of kitchen decor ideas that span different styles and themes. Whether you’re drawn to the rustic charm of farmhouse kitchens, the nostalgic vibes of retro-inspired decor, or the clean lines of modern sleek kitchens, we have you covered. Let’s dive in!

Trending Kitchen Styles

Before we delve into the specifics of kitchen decor ideas, let’s take a moment to touch on some of the trending kitchen styles that homeowners are embracing today in their kitchen extension designs:

  • Farmhouse kitchens: Farmhouse style is all about creating a warm, inviting space with rustic charm. It often features elements like reclaimed wood, vintage decor, and a cosy, lived-in feel.
  • Retro-inspired kitchens: Retro kitchens are a blast from the past, often incorporating bold colours, fun patterns, and a playful atmosphere reminiscent of mid-20th-century design.
  • Modern sleek kitchens: Modern sleek kitchens are characterised by clean lines, minimalist design, and a focus on functionality. They often showcase sleek appliances and a clutter-free aesthetic.

Creative Ideas to Enhance Your Kithcen’s Decor

Now, let’s explore some creative ideas to enhance your kitchen’s decor, regardless of the style you choose!

Create a Cohesive Colour Story

A kitchen extension in London using a cohesive colour palette in the kitchen decor.

A cohesive colour palette can tie your kitchen’s decor together and create a harmonious ambience. Choose a colour scheme that resonates with your style. For instance, a farmhouse kitchen might feature soft, muted tones, while a retro-inspired kitchen could showcase bold and vibrant hues. Ensure that your cabinetry, walls, and accessories harmonise with your chosen colour story.

In a modern sleek kitchen, you might lean toward a monochromatic colour palette with neutral shades like white, grey, or black like in this Bradley Gardens kitchen extension. However, don’t hesitate to introduce pops of colour through accent pieces like colourful barstools or a vibrant backsplash. In contrast, a retro-inspired kitchen thrives on lively, nostalgic colours, so embrace shades like cherry red, sunny yellow, and aqua blue. Farmhouse kitchens often embrace earthy and natural tones to create that cosy, rustic feel.

Install a Waterfall-style Kitchen Island

A kitchen extension in London featuring a waterfall-style kitchen island.

While countertops once served a strictly utilitarian purpose, these days, they’re more of a design element. When you choose a material as gorgeous as white marble, why restrict it to only your countertops? 

A waterfall-style kitchen island, like the one in this Albert Road kitchen extension, extends your counters down the sides to the floor, making for a stunning showpiece. Waterfall-style kitchen islands have become increasingly popular as kitchen decor because of their ability to blend functionality with aesthetics seamlessly. They not only provide ample workspace but also create a sense of continuity and luxury in your kitchen. Whether you’re going for the sleek look of a modern kitchen or the rustic charm of farmhouse decor, a waterfall-style island can be customised to suit your chosen style, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to your kitchen’s decor.

Include an Accent Wall

A kitchen extension in London featuring a accent wall as part of the kitchen decor.

An accent wall is an excellent way to introduce personality and drama into your space, making it a must-have kitchen decorating idea. Consider using bold wallpaper, a striking paint colour, or even natural materials like reclaimed wood or brick to create a focal point, like in this Wigglesworth Road kitchen extension. This technique can help break up the monotony of a single-coloured kitchen and provide a sense of depth and character.

In a modern sleek kitchen, an accent wall can be a textured masterpiece, adding depth to the minimalist design. In a retro-inspired kitchen, opt for a playful wallpaper pattern that takes you back in time. For a farmhouse kitchen, a reclaimed wood accent wall can create that rustic, welcoming atmosphere.

Use Pendant Lights

Pendant lights in a London kitchen extension.

Pendant lights are a versatile lighting option that can transform your kitchen’s ambience. Hang them over your island or dining area to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere, like in this Leppoc Road kitchen extension. Pendant lights come in various styles, from industrial to mid-century modern, making them suitable for different kitchen themes.

In a modern sleek kitchen, choose understated pendant lights that complement the minimalist design. For a retro-inspired kitchen, explore pendant lights with playful and colourful shades or vintage-inspired designs. In a farmhouse kitchen, look for fixtures that evoke a rustic or industrial feel, such as those made from reclaimed materials.

Create a Floor-to-ceiling Gallery Wall

A kitchen extension in London featuring a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall.

Turn your kitchen into an art gallery by adding a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall, like in this Friern Road kitchen extension. Display a collection of artwork, photographs, or vintage kitchen tools to infuse your personality into the space. This creative approach can make your kitchen a conversation starter and a unique reflection of your taste.

In a modern sleek kitchen, opt for contemporary artwork or abstract pieces that enhance the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic. In a retro-inspired kitchen, consider vintage advertisements or retro-themed artwork that adds a nostalgic touch. Farmhouse kitchens can showcase rustic and charming artwork, such as farmhouse signs or framed botanical prints.

Make Book Cubbies

A kitchen extension with book cubbies as part of the kitchen decor.

Book cubbies are a novel way to incorporate both storage and style into your kitchen. Use open cubbies or bookshelves to house your cookbooks, recipe cards, and culinary literature, like in this Wolfington Road kitchen extension. You’ll have easy access to your favourite recipes while also showcasing your literary tastes.

For a modern sleek kitchen, opt for sleek bookshelves that seamlessly blend with the minimalist design. In a farmhouse kitchen, embrace the charm of rustic wooden book cubbies that add warmth and character. In a retro-inspired kitchen, consider colourful and playful bookshelves that reflect the era’s design sensibilities.

Install Ledge Shelving

Ledge shelving as part of the kitchen decor in a London kitchen extension.

Ledge shelving, like in this Salisbury Road kitchen extension, is an innovative way to maximise your wall space and create a decorative element in your kitchen. These narrow shelves are perfect for displaying plants, spices, or small kitchen accessories. Ledge shelves come in various materials, allowing you to match them to your kitchen’s overall style.

Ledge shelving in a modern sleek kitchen can feature clean lines and minimalist design, serving as functional yet aesthetically pleasing storage. In a retro-inspired kitchen, opt for ledge shelves with rounded edges or bold colours that enhance the nostalgic atmosphere. Farmhouse kitchens can benefit from rustic wooden ledge shelves that complement the cosy ambience.

Feature Your Flowerpots

Flower pots as part of the kitchen decor in a London kitchen extension.

Introduce a touch of nature into your kitchen with potted plants or fresh flowers, like in this Oglander Road kitchen extension. Place them on countertops, shelves, or windowsills to infuse your kitchen with vibrant colours and natural beauty. The freshness of greenery can instantly liven up any kitchen space, making it a very popular kitchen decorating idea.

Choose planters or pots that align with your kitchen’s style. In a modern sleek kitchen, go for minimalist and chic planters that complement the clean lines. Retro-inspired kitchens can feature quirky and colourful pots that add to the playful vibe. For farmhouse kitchens, opt for rustic or vintage-inspired planters that enhance the cosy, rustic feel.

Use Open Shelving

Open shelving as part of the kitchen decor in a London kitchen extension.

Open shelving is a popular choice for modern and minimalist kitchens, like this Mandrake Road kitchen extension. It creates an open and airy feel while showcasing your kitchen decor and essentials. Keep it organised and clutter-free by displaying only the items you use regularly and avoid overcrowding the shelves.

In a modern sleek kitchen, open shelving can seamlessly integrate with the cabinetry, creating a sleek and minimalist look. For a retro-inspired kitchen, consider open shelves with playful brackets or colourful accents that add a touch of nostalgia. Farmhouse kitchens can embrace open shelves with a rustic or distressed finish that enhances the cosy charm.

Add Layers of Lighting

Layers of lighting as part of the kitchen decor in a London kitchen extension.

Good lighting can transform the mood and functionality of your kitchen. Incorporate different layers of lighting, including ambient, task, and accent lighting, like in this Fawnbrake Avenue kitchen extension. Pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, and recessed lighting can all contribute to a well-lit and inviting kitchen space.

In a modern sleek kitchen, focus on clean and unobtrusive lighting fixtures that complement the minimalist design. For retro-inspired kitchens, explore lighting options with vintage-inspired shades or playful shapes that enhance the nostalgic ambience. In farmhouse kitchens, consider lighting fixtures with rustic or industrial designs that align with the cosy, rustic feel.

Mix Old and New

A kitchen extension in London that uses a mix of old and new in its kitchen decor.

Embrace the charm (and affordability!) of mixing old and new elements in your kitchen decor. Vintage pieces like an antique table or retro appliances make great kitchen decor as they can blend seamlessly with modern cabinetry and countertops. This fusion of styles can create a visually intriguing and unique kitchen, which you can see in this Archdale Road kitchen extension.

In a modern sleek kitchen, the integration of vintage elements can add a touch of character and history. For retro-inspired kitchens, this style already incorporates a mix of old and new, so embrace it fully by pairing vintage finds with contemporary decor. In farmhouse kitchens, vintage pieces like a reclaimed wood dining table or vintage-inspired light fixtures can enhance the rustic charm.

Add Colour With Cookbooks

Colourful cookbooks as part of the kitchen decor in a London kitchen extension.

Don’t underestimate the decorative power of a well-curated collection of cookbooks. Display them on open shelves or in a dedicated book nook to introduce pops of colour and a sense of culinary inspiration, like in this Freshford Street kitchen design. Organise them by size or colour for a visually appealing arrangement.

In a modern sleek kitchen, cookbooks can be displayed as part of the overall design, with sleek shelves and minimalist arrangements. Retro-inspired kitchens can feature colourful cookbooks that align with the vibrant colour scheme. For farmhouse kitchens, consider cookbooks with rustic covers and cosy, country-inspired recipes.

Choose Modern, Stylish Cookware

Investing in modern and stylish cookware not only improves your kitchen’s functionality but also adds a touch of sophistication, making it one of the best kitchen decorating ideas. Sleek pots and pans with minimalist designs can complement various kitchen styles, from contemporary to industrial. Choose high-quality materials like stainless steel or copper to make a statement while cooking up a storm.

In a farmhouse kitchen, consider blending the old with the new by using vintage-style cookware that has a timeless appeal. Retro-inspired kitchens can benefit from colourful and quirky cookware that harks back to the mid-20th century. In modern sleek kitchens, the focus should be on sleek, stainless steel or matte black cookware that seamlessly integrates with the minimalist design.

Hang Your Pans

Hanging your pots and pans not only adds a rustic and functional element to your kitchen but also frees up valuable cabinet space. Choose a stylish pot rack that complements your kitchen’s decor and showcases your cookware as decorative pieces.

Select a pot rack that aligns with your kitchen’s style. In a modern sleek kitchen, a sleek and minimalist pot rack can enhance the clean design. For a farmhouse kitchen, consider a wrought-iron pot rack with a rustic finish. In a retro-inspired kitchen, explore pot racks with colourful hooks or vintage-inspired designs.

As you can see, your kitchen is a canvas waiting to be adorned with your personal style and creativity. Whether you prefer the timeless charm of a farmhouse kitchen, the nostalgia of retro-inspired decor, or the clean lines of a modern sleek kitchen, these decor ideas can help you transform your kitchen into a stylish and functional space that reflects your personality and tastes. Mix and match these kitchen decor ideas to create a space that you’ll love to cook and entertain in for years to come.

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Use the Best Kitchen Extension Design and Construction Specialists in the UK

Plus Rooms is your ultimate partner for kitchen extensions. As a leading design and build company in London, we bring a wealth of experience and dedication to every project we undertake. Our family-run business takes pride in crafting beautifully tailored kitchen extensions that cater to homes of all sizes. 

From the initial concept to the final finishing touches, we oversee every aspect of the design, planning, and construction process, ensuring your kitchen reflects your unique style and fulfils your specific needs. We even have a cost calculator that you can use to help plan your kitchen design. 
At Plus Rooms, we understand that your kitchen is the heart of your home, and we are committed to transforming it into a space where memories are made. With our expertise and passion for excellence, you can trust us to turn your kitchen dreams into a reality. Contact us today to start the journey towards your dream home.