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Semi-detached extensions: everything you need to know

Deciding to extend your home is an exciting undertaking, allowing you to transform your space to meet your chosen style and practical requirements.

For homeowners looking to entertain guests, relax and enjoy time with the family, or take full advantage of their outdoor views, quality kitchen extensions remain highly sought after. Opting for a luxury kitchen extension on your semi-detached home 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.

Structural work to your kitchen can initially seem daunting, especially if you have a young family. You will, undoubtedly, wish to avoid disruption at all costs.

The Plus Rooms team, with their years of experience, can guarantee a swift design and build process free of hassle, chaos and upheaval. For instance, we’ll even set up temporary kitchen facilities. This allows families to continue having a space to cook, dine and entertain while they await the unveiling of their new and improved kitchen. 

Semi-detached kitchen extension ideas

We kickstart every design and build project by offering clients a one-on-one consultation with one of our team of experts. This will allow you to talk through your desired budget, timescales and practical requirements.

It’s our job to understand your vision, and this may include discussing previous projects that match your choice of style. Here are some fantastic examples of what we can achieve when building a premium semi-detached extension.

Make space for all the family

This Bromley home had an abundance of original character, exemplified in the distinct herringbone floor and exposed brickwork. Our wraparound extension added a modern touch with contemporary skylights and streamlined sliding doors, whilst also maximising space to help a multi-purpose family room where everyone can relax and enjoy themselves.

All the light you could ask for

Over the years, we’ve learned just how much lighting can do to transform a room. A standout example of this is this wraparound extension in Merton. Our large bifold doors, overhead glazing and subtle colour palette make for a fresh and relaxing space. Best of all, we created a new kitchen access and utility room to create a brand new entertaining area.

Bring the outdoors in

Our brief was to design something ‘warm and sunny’ for this Ealing home. While we did include a feature wall painted in a lovely golden hue, our brief is no better seen than in the vast bi-fold doors, which open up the extension to a panoramic outdoor view. The homeowners love entertaining in the garden and our extension makes it a breeze.

Flow between dining and entertaining

When designing this rear extension in Lambeth, we wanted to create something sleek and modern whilst retaining a sense of warmth. We decided to contrast the frameless skylights and sectioned ceiling with the rich, textured herringbone floor. The highlight of this extension is the contemporary garden doors, which are fully glazed and designed in a Crittall style.

Planning permission and permitted development for semi-detached extensions

Transforming a kitchen requires a variety of experts, from designers and architects to builders and project managers. There is a lot to decide, and you’re not alone in wanting to bring your extension to life quickly, effectively and within your budget. This is before you even begin to consider planning permission and permitted development.

You can carry out certain types of work to your home 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. The only exceptions are areas known as ‘designated areas’, such as conservation areas, national parks, and heritage sites. Homeowners who live in any of these areas are likely to need to apply for planning permission. 

There are also several conditions that an extension must adhere to for it to be classified as permitted development. Here are just a few examples, taken from our guide to planning permission for kitchen extensions

  • The extension must not take up over half of the land around the ‘original house’
  • The width cannot exceed more than half the width of the original house, and the height must not extend beyond four metres.
  • The extension must be built using materials that are similar in appearance to the existing house.

If you opt to have your extension built by the Plus Rooms team, our experienced project managers will handle every aspect of planning permission and permitted development, as part of our commitment to providing the highest possible standards of customer service.


Plus Rooms is London’s leading provider of kitchen extensions and loft conversions. We’re highly regarded for our masterful craftsmanship and professional project management services. In fact, 60% of new clients are referred to us by satisfied customers. To find out more about how Plus Rooms can transform your home, contact us today.

Design inspiration: Conservatory kitchen extensions

When we speak with clients interested in a kitchen extension, nine times out of ten they’re looking to maximise space. This opens up a world of opportunities for a homeowner, allowing them to bring in natural light, make spaces multifunctional and turn their kitchen into a place people want to gather. It is for this reason that conservatory-style kitchen extensions are one of the most popular home improvement projects.

With the kitchen playing such a central role in the home, any improvements must be subject to careful consideration, in terms of both style and practicality. In this article, we’ll outline some of the key factors in getting a conservatory extension right, as well as providing some design ideas to help homeowners get inspired.

Design considerations for conservatory style extensions

Firstly, you’ll want to consider the purpose of the kitchen. Do you want a show-stopping space for entertaining guests, a comfortable living area for the family, or perhaps a secluded nook for reading in the sunshine? All of these things will affect the layout and positioning of the final design.

Another thing to bear in mind is location. Natural light will make your conservatory appear bright, relaxing and welcoming. Therefore, it should be positioned to capture the most sunlight at times where you are likely to be using your kitchen. As well as this, if you have a garden or beautiful landscape outside your house, you may want to bring as much of it in as possible. This can be achieved with design features such as skylights or bi-folding doors.

Finally, your chosen style will have a significant impact on the finished product. This may seem obvious at first glance, but remember that style goes beyond decor and furnishing. For instance, clean lines are a hallmark of modern design, and these are often achieved with crown moulding, ceiling beams or other structural features. This shows that style is just as important as practicality when it comes to designing an extension.

With the expert designers at Plus Rooms, your only limit is your imagination. We are specialists in all aspects of improving residential properties and can take care of everything from applying for planning permission to managing the installation. We can even fit you with a temporary kitchen while work is carried out. 

Our conservatory-style kitchen extensions

Broken plan living 

The extension in this Lambeth home opens up space between the original kitchen and back dining room, creating an airy, calming living space while maintaining a subtle division. Highlights of the contemporary-style dining room include streamlined white ceiling beams and sliding doors, which open up to an expansive view of the garden.

Striking modern design 

A glass kitchen extension is a captivating addition to this modern Wandsworth home. This impressive design provides an unobstructed view of the garden, with clean lines being a recurrent theme throughout. Finally, the structural glazed roof provides a wonderful contrast with the textured flooring, which offers the perfect traditional kitchen aesthetic.

Staggered multi-purpose space

This Southwark family wanted to avoid the typical open-plan space and embrace their home’s original character. Therefore, we extended into the side return whilst also adding two metres to the rear. This created a series of distinct zones, each with its own unique atmosphere and eye-catching style. Finally, the extension was brought to life with a combination of skylights and windows, carefully placed to follow the lines of the mono-pitched roof.

Bright, open and inviting

We were tasked with creating a brand new living and entertaining space in this Wimbledon home. Our wraparound extension includes large overhead glazing and bifold doors. This floods the entire space with natural light to uplift the luxe neutral colour palette. The addition of a kitchen access and utility room creates a wide open space that’s perfect for hosting guests.


Even a small kitchen conservatory extension can have an impact on your home’s atmosphere and your own day-to-day life. A conservatory is a flexible option that can help you open up your kitchen and create a whole new ambience. If you need more design advice or inspiration, contact Plus Rooms today. Our team of experienced professionals will be happy to help.

Kitchen family room extension ideas

Over the years, more and more people opt for open-plan living areas when planning their ideal home. These areas, often referred to as ‘family homes’, create wide-open spaces for cooking, dining and hosting guests. These are perfect for both families and expecting couples, offering not only a new multi-purpose space but a chance to create a ‘forever home’ in their chosen style.

When it comes to design, there are endless possibilities beyond a kitchen diner extension. Homeowners can create a space that blends seamlessly with their garden, perfect for barbeques and summer gatherings. Alternatively, they may opt for a living room that feels warm and intimate but offers all the space a family could want. With Plus Rooms’ bespoke design and build services, you can let your imagination run wild, knowing that we can bring your vision to life.

The top kitchen family room extension ideas

Families investing in an open-plan kitchen and living area can pull inspiration from a variety of different styles. We have completed countless kitchen and family room extension projects, with a wide range of examples to help new clients choose their ideal design. 

A blend of modern and traditional

We completed a generous wraparound extension for this family in Ealing. We wanted to add many of the hallmarks of modern design, without making the final result feel too clinical. Therefore, we combined exposed brick and a modern glass pitched roof with various warmer textures. Slimline glass panels invite natural light and make the garden feel like part of the room. The owners can now move between cooking, dining and entertaining with ease.

Industrial style with a terracotta twist 

Another client in Peckham chose a unique open-plan design with contrasting textures and industrial features. Their wraparound extension incorporates exposed brick with steel beams and Crittall style doors, allowing natural light to pour over the entire space. Terracotta tile flooring offers a slightly rustic style with a touch of warmth, which only accentuates the modern finish of the frameless glass roof and black aluminium fins.

Chic and spacious with an Art Deco twist

This Thames Ditton family weren’t afraid to have a touch of dramatic flair in their flat roof extension. However, they also wanted to ensure that they had a tranquil living space with an unobscured view of the garden. We relished the opportunity to get creative with the room’s structural elements. Ultimately, we decided to use primarily neutral tones and classic parquet flooring, which contrasts beautifully with the steel French doors and dropped ceiling beams. 

Contemporary urban terrace

This Victorian terrace in Crouch End was transformed with a wraparound extension, creating an expansive living space that’s perfect for a young couple looking to start a family. Earthy tones and rich navy accents offer a tinge of warmth to an otherwise clean and contemporary finish, best seen in the Crittall style doors which are framed with sleek black aluminium.

Create your ideal space

Plus Rooms is a family-run business that has established itself over the years as London’s leading bespoke design and build company. We combine cutting-edge design and masterful craftsmanship with years of project management experience. Our team applies the utmost care to every step, ensuring the highest standards of quality while adhering to homeowners’ every need and deadline.


Looking for further inspiration? Visit our dedicated kitchen extensions page for more examples of sophisticated, custom-crafted open-plan designs. Alternatively, if you have any questions, contact our team of experts today.

Open plan kitchen extensions: Design inspiration

For homeowners opting for an extension, open plan kitchens are a popular choice and for good reason. When done well, they deliver the perfect combination of style and functionality.

An open plan kitchen extension offers additional storage, enhanced natural lighting and many other benefits. If you feel limited by your current kitchen layout, an open plan extension enables you to redefine your living space in a way that best suits your needs. Take a look below at some of the possibilities for an open plan kitchen extension that’s both captivating and convenient.

Ultra-modern and innovative

This flat roof kitchen extension in Wandsworth is a luxurious living space that opens up to an expansive courtyard, perfect for entertaining guests. For the overall look, our client wanted a contemporary aesthetic. One of the highlights of this particular project is without a doubt the glass roof, supported with eye-catching streamlined fins. Finally, the minimal decor is brought to life with stylish purple lighting that’s vibrant without being too overpowering.

Spacious and highly practical

When tasked with designing this wraparound extension in Bromley, our brief was to create a space that was ideal for families. We decided to retain some of the home’s original character with exposed brickwork and a herringbone floor, keeping things relaxed with a few fun pops of colour. Finally, we wanted to let as much light in as possible, so our client opted for skylights and large sliding doors.

Breezy and minimal

For this Southwark wraparound extension, our focus was on capturing that light and airy feel that many people look for in an open plan extension. This informed virtually every element of the design, from the clean lines and decor to the large and frameless skylights. However, the standout element of this design is the fully glazed back wall, which includes bi-folding doors and a fixed glass panel.

Indoors-meets-outdoors

The owners of this house in Chiswick had a smaller garden, and wanted a space that flowed seamlessly between the interior and exterior. We extended the kitchen out into the rear reception room, installed skylights and kept a predominantly white colour scheme. The end result is a calming kitchen, living and dining area with a beautiful view of the garden and all the space they could need.

Open up your home to new possibilities

Plus Rooms is London’s leading design and build company, with years of experience in kitchen extensions and loft conversions. We offer our clients a combination of cutting-edge design, bespoke craftsmanship and expert project management, helping them bring their dream home to life. Our end-to-end service even includes gaining planning permission, so you needn’t worry about regulations or requirements. It’s our job to handle every single step of the process. All you have to do is tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll do the rest.


If you’re interested in seeing more open-plan designs, why not browse through our entire range of custom extensions? The Plus Rooms team is also on hand to answer any questions, or talk you through the full design and build process. Contact one of our specialists today to learn more

A guide to the different types of stairs for loft conversions

How much time have you spent thinking about the design of your stairs? They seem like such a functional part of your home, but there is no reason why you can’t make them as striking as the rest of your design.

If you’re considering a loft conversion, stairs will become a vital part of your design. Not only do you want them to take up as little space as possible, you also have an opportunity to make them a design feature that adds to your home.

At Plus Rooms, our team are experts at suggesting types of loft conversion stairs and ensuring they work for you while also looking beautiful. Here are a few designs to give you inspiration.

First, the regulations

When you’re building your loft conversion, you will need to be aware of regulations for stairs to make sure they’re incorporated into your design. It is something our experts are acutely aware of, which is why every design we create has a maximum steepness pitch of 42 degrees and a minimum head height of 1.9 metres, with all risers at an equal level.

Also, keep in mind that if there is a drop of more than 600mm (roughly two steps) there must be a handrail for safe access to and from the loft.

Types of loft conversion stairs

As long as you are complying with regulations, the limit for your stairs is your imagination. That said, there are some popular designs that will perhaps give you inspiration for your own loft conversion. Remember that when it comes to your staircase, there are other elements to think about as well, not just how much space you’d like to take from the room downstairs, but also how you illuminate the stairs with natural light to keep them as a beautiful addition to your home.

These are popular designs we have worked with and examples of projects where they have been implemented, but if you’d like something different, the Plus Rooms team loves getting creative and can tailor a bespoke solution for your home, taking care of everything from planning to those final touches.

Winder staircase

We converted this small bungalow into a sizable family home, incorporating a new winder staircase from the hallway on the ground floor leading up to the middle of the loft with a 180-degree turn. Stunning bespoke skylights flood the hallway and staircase with natural light as you ascend into the sunshine-filled loft space above, featuring two bedrooms and a communal shower room. Classic neutral colours also add to the warm, simplistic style of this elegant home.

Stairs over stairs

Most commonly spotted in Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing, stairs over stairs are a popular choice among many homeowners. The stairs face directly towards the door of your new loft, taking you onto the first-floor hallway or landing area. It is a traditional and attractive design concept that fits neatly over your stairs – as the name suggests – without much extensive renovation, so is a great space-saving option.

Open staircase

This gorgeous Chiswick home now has a spacious upstairs loft featuring a master bedroom, en suite bathroom, and a small office area, thanks to our expert design plan. The open staircase leading to the loft brightens the entire floor below, with warm light shining through each step. This inclusive design blends the downstairs with the new loft extension wonderfully, with light pouring in from every angle.

Glass-sided staircase

We incorporated a glass-sided staircase into an impressive extension plan for this terraced house in Shepherds Bush. The sleek contemporary staircase design featuring bespoke glass panels gives a clean and spacious look, allowing light to flow through the entire room.

Spiral stairs

Stylish with extra character, spiral staircases are also an excellent option for those who are space conscious. They are attractive and add an exciting feature to your home while also allowing for more space below. As expected, these space-saving loft stairs result in less footprint than the conventional staircase and the spiral shape adds a contemporary element to any room design, but as they are steeper (within regulations), they may not be ideal for small children.

Perfect design, one step at a time

The staircase is just one part of your loft conversion, but it presents opportunities to do something creative that maximises your space and complements your design. At Plus Rooms, we are experts in creating loft conversion designs so call us for a consultation and we can create the right solution for your home.


Over the years Plus Rooms has established itself as London’s leading design and build company. Whether you’re looking to extend your kitchen or convert your loft, our expert team takes care of the entire process, from planning permission right through to completion. If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at our past projects, or feel free to get in touch.

A guide to kitchen extension roof designs

The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where we gather to cook, share a meal, and socialise. As one of the most frequented rooms in a house, it holds a special value. That’s why many opt to improve it with a bespoke kitchen extension. 

And whilst there are many aspects to consider when embarking on a kitchen extension, the design of the roof is one of the most important. In this post, we’ll explain why by outlining the different types of kitchen extension roof designs and what they offer, before delving into some of our past projects.  

What is a flat roof?

Considered a more contemporary choice, a flat roof creates a modern, linear space. When installed with skylights, a flat roof helps to evoke a sleek style with clean lines. An alternative is to use a roof lantern, which provides a point of interest whilst ushering in light from different angles. 

What is a pitched roof?

If you prefer a more traditional take on home design, a pitched roof might be more appropriate. Valued for their versatility, pitched roofs allow for higher ceilings and greater insulation, helping you to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere in your kitchen extension. They can even be easier to maintain than other roof types, owing to the fact that they deflect rain and winds, and are less liable to holding pools of water. 

What are hip and gable roofs?

Typically seen on churches, cathedrals, and suburban houses, hip roofs slope downwards from the peak on all four sides, with no flat end. The walls beneath are all the same height which creates a perfect, symmetrical appearance. They are durable and highly efficient against high winds.

Gable roofs are the traditional take on the classic American-style home. They provide an airy feel, allowing you to outfit the space with vents, which reduces humidity and improves circulation in the room. They also offer a larger interior space, allowing you to expand the functional area within your extension. 

What is a crown roof?

Crown roofs are essentially a combination of flat and pitched roofs. They’re used to overcome certain design difficulties, such as managing a lower boundary height whilst maximising interior space. Despite being more complex than other types, crown roofs often represent a simple, elegant solution to complex problems. 

Design inspiration

Creating excellent design concepts is only one part of our job at Plus Rooms; we envision innovative style and make ideas a reality. Here are some of our previous projects using a variety of different roof styles.

A pitched roof for a side return

For this Haringey home, we removed the existing extension, created a timber-framed pitched roof, extending the kitchen into the side return. By making an opening in the rear wall, we put in bespoke, large windows and stylish sliding doors to allow for as much natural light to fill the space as possible.

A gable roof filled with skylights

Using the traditional gable style roof, we gave this classic Isleworth home a sleek, modern makeover. The gable roof gives a sense of space and huge skylights flood the kitchen with light, while grand sliding doors and continuous flooring from inside to out connect the interior space with the outdoors.

A modern flat roof design

Our aim for this Streatham home was to extend the kitchen towards the rear garden to create a bright open-plan kitchen area. The modern flat roof design perfectly complements the trendy Crittall-style doors, while frameless skylights allow the light to flow into the new space.

A crown roof design

Changing the ground floor area’s entire layout created a great multi-functional space for this family in Strawberry Hill. Using a triple pitched crown roof that vaults the internal ceiling, we were able to incorporate skylights that welcome in lots of natural light both from above and in front through the gorgeous sliding doors that connect seamlessly to the outside.


Feeling inspired?

If you would like to extend your ground floor and add space and value to your home, get in touch with Plus Rooms, London’s leading design and build company. Our expert team is on hand to guide you through the process – we take care of everything from gaining planning permission to ensuring the finishing is expertly carried out. 

Perfect home renovation: loft conversion design ideas

Why consider extending out, when you can extend up? Many homeowners prefer the idea of a loft conversion as it can be done without planning permission (depending on the size and design) and is a way to create more space without taking it from your garden.

Even better? With the right design you can create a beautiful space that adds a whole other aspect to your home, creating a serene haven among the rooftops for a variety of uses.

As London’s leading design and build company, we work with each of our clients to help design their ideal loft conversion. We advise on what permissions are needed and create bespoke designs that represent our client’s chosen style and practical requirements. Here are some of our favourite loft conversion design ideas.

Contemporary design

Clean lines, neutral colours and the use of texture can create a soothing, contemporary hideaway for your loft conversion. It is a sophisticated look without being overwhelming and keeping things fresh.

For this gorgeous family home in Ealing, we concentrated as much on the interior as the exterior finish to create this large dormer extension. In total, two double bedrooms and a bathroom were added to the home under a combination of permitted development and planning permission.

Glass panelling in the walls make the most of dazzling rooftop views, giving the space a real ‘wow’ factor and meaning we could keep the interior design sleek and minimal. We also raised the ridgeline and lowered the ceiling on the first floor to maximise the internal head height, and used hidden guttering and aluminium trims to create that perfect streamlined finish.

Lighting

Natural light is considered the number one feature that people look for when buying a house. It’s a free source of warmth, vibrancy and feel-good energy, inviting in brightness and giving the appearance of more space. When it comes to loft conversions, there are many ways we can bring in more natural light.

For this home in Herne Hill, we used grand glass panels to frame perfect rooftop views and invite the outside in. The striking angles of the window panels creates a fresh, modern look, while skylights flood the space with even more light. With this unique design, carefully tucked at the top of a Victorian building, we managed to create a double bedroom, spa-like bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe.

Colours

A valuable way to give a sense of space in your loft conversion is through the use of light, neutral colours. They provide a sense of warmth blended with a clean, fresh feel. If you’d like to make a statement, you can layer over bold pops of colour for an invigorating, modern look.

We converted this Richmond bungalow into a family home using warm, gentle colours such as mocha, light grey and taupe to expand the space in the loft conversion and create a clean, elegant finish.

This family in East Dulwich wanted a dynamic design for an en suite guest bedroom. Thanks to the sharp-angled windows, skylights and the slate bathroom (which together created a clean modern feel), we were able to add in a shock of burnt orange through furnishings and textiles, resulting in a vibrant space that isn’t overwhelming.

Outside space

If you’re converting your loft, why not go one step further to maximising the space by adding a balcony or terrace to your extension plan?

This family in Shepherds Bush opted for a dormer loft extension complete with a terrace. The extension utterly transformed their two-bedroom apartment into a spacious, modern penthouse, making room for a living, kitchen and dining space as well as three additional bathrooms. The large terrace area is fantastic for hosting, linking the inside with the outside and offering stunning views.

Stairs

Instead of thinking of stairs as a mere necessity, consider them an accent feature of your conversion. You can explore your creativity with a whole variety of design concepts that can add style and sophistication to your home.

In particular, for this project in Chiswick, we used light wood paired with glass features to create a greater sense of space and light. We combined an elegant, stylish touch with a modern, simplistic appeal to create this classy finish.

Transform your home

If you’re considering converting your loft, we have the design for you. At Plus Rooms, our team are experts in renovation and design, making your lofty dreams a reality with years of experience in immaculate style. Consult us for more loft conversion design ideas or to start working with us on your conversion.


Plus Rooms is a family-run company dedicated to transforming homes in and around London. Whether you’re looking to extend your kitchen or convert your loft, our expert team takes care of the entire process, from planning permission right through to completion. If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at our past project, or feel free to get in touch

Small kitchen extension ideas: Project inspiration

You don’t need acres of space in order to extend your kitchen. Quite often, a narrow side-return or modest patch of land is enough to provide valuable space for your kitchen to extend into (as long it complies with rules and regulations).

While many of us dream of a cavernous kitchen area, a small extension is more than sufficient in most cases; even with a limited space, you can create a bijou kitchen extension bursting with character, functionality, and style. To show you how, here are some tips on how to maximise the space available to you, alongside some inspiration taken from previous Plus Rooms projects. 

Small extension design ideas

There are many design tricks to help you overcome limitations of space and create a kitchen that looks and feels larger than it actually is.  

A considered use of colour is one of these. By keeping to a clean, neutral palette, for instance, you allow light to ricochet around the room and create the impression of space. Colours such as white, grey, and clay provide a background for splashes of vibrancy elsewhere without creating a ‘cluttered’ feel. 

Another way to maximise a limited area is by installing suitably-designed furniture and appliances. Cabinets, cupboards, and shelves can all be positioned in such a way as to optimise the flow of a kitchen; when kept parallel to walls, for instance, they increase the amount of functional floor space available. 

When paired with appropriate lighting and mirrors, furthermore, your kitchen fittings can enhance the illusion of space within your kitchen.  

Leaders in luxury design

At Plus Rooms, we offer a wide range of modern, bespoke design ideas and can organise everything from planning permission to a temporary kitchen while work is carried out. Here’s how we helped some of our clients transform their homes with statement small kitchen extension designs to suit their unique styles.

Bold and urban chic

We achieved this modern, urban style by extending the kitchen into the side return, making ample space for this family in East Dulwich.

The new timber-framed mono-pitched roof combined with dark walls and cabinets creates a bold, authentic appeal, while Crittall-style sliding doors and windows offer brightness and gorgeous views of the garden. An island adds a preparation area, while a skylight floods the space with even more light, and continuous flooring from inside to out gives the appearance that the kitchen extends straight into the garden.  

A minimal space for socialising 

We aimed to create a spacious, stylish kitchen extension as the house’s social hub for this family. We extended into the side return, making room for modern Crittall-style doors that extend full width across the back wall to the garden.

The continuation of concrete style flooring makes the space feel larger and brings the outside in, while frameless skylights makes this once narrow kitchen appear open and bright. Finally the grand, central island offers more storage and preparation space, while becoming a stand-out feature.

Rustic and arty

We transformed this kitchen area with just a small side return extension, creating a warm, rustic retreat which really forms the heart of the home. It is a fantastic example of how narrow kitchen extension ideas can entirely reshape your home.

With skylights along the pitched extension roof and bifold doors at the back of the property, there is plenty of light. Then luxury design features, such as an exposed brick wall, herringbone wood tiling and rich navy cabinets add a final flair. With an island separating the kitchen and living space and only light shelving higher up and cabinets lower down, we successfully create a sense of space.

Design your dream kitchen

Regardless of how much space you have available, a kitchen extension will help you to make the most of it. By extending into your side return or garden, you can increase the size of your kitchen and refresh the feeling of your home. And if the above projects are anything to go by, even the smallest of spaces can significantly improve your property. 


Plus Rooms is a family-run design and build company dedicated to transforming homes in and around London. Whether you’re looking to extend your kitchen or convert your loft, our expert team takes care of the entire process, from planning permission right through to completion. If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at our past projects, or feel free to get in touch.

Loft conversion building regulations: The complete guide

Whether it’s to accommodate another bedroom, a new office or simply create additional space, a loft conversion can provide more than just a house upgrade, and it’s easier than you might think.

A loft conversion ensures you won’t need to sacrifice any garden space, often a key attraction for many buyers and homeowners. Furthermore, not only could it offer ample space for storage, it often increases your property value. 

While many homeowners are eager to explore fresh design ideas, they may find navigating planning permission and regulations somewhat of a daunting prospect.

This is where we come in. 

Plus Rooms have years of experience in designing and building bespoke home extensions and loft conversions. This means we have firsthand knowledge of planning permission, permitted development and any other relevant requirement for regulatory approval. It’s our job to bring your ideas to life, and this includes handling every aspect of the planning process.

Thinking about planning a loft conversion for your home? We’ve put together this complete guide for everything you need to know about loft conversion regulations to get you started. 

Loft conversion building regulations

The good news is, loft extensions rarely require planning permission as they generally fall under permitted development rights. But if you have an ambitious plan that could exceed certain limits and conditions, your Plus Rooms designer will be able to advise on whether your plans meet the specific conditions for your local planning authority. 

However, building regulations are distinct from planning permission, and apply to all property modifications, including loft conversations. This means you will need approval from a surveyor who will visit the site at various stages and issue a completion certificate. In the UK you will need to ensure that your new conversion adheres to the following:

Fire safety

Making sure your loft extension is safe means complying to fire safety regulations. This includes the installation of mains-powered smoke alarms, fire resistant doors and fire escapes. Finally, it must be shown that any new windows are both large enough and placed low enough to provide a means of escape in the case of a fire.

Structural stability

Your existing ceiling may not have been built to support a loft conversion. Therefore, your home may require structural reinforcements such as new steel floor joists and beams. Furthermore, any new walls need to be able to provide adequate support to the modified structure.

Stairs

Gone are the days of retractable ladders. If the plan is to repurpose your loft into a functional living space, then accessibility is a crucial factor. For example, stairs will need to provide a safe escape in the event of a fire, whilst also providing sufficient support to floors and ceiling. They will also need to provide sufficient support to your floors and ceilings.

Insulation

Sound insulation is another key part of the loft conversion regulations. There needs to be sufficient insulation between rooms – especially if a party wall is involved – but this comes with an added benefit of increased energy efficiency.


At Plus Rooms, we offer bespoke home extensions and loft conversions of the highest quality. We have the skills, experience and dedication to handle every aspect of the designs and build process. This ensures you are left satisfied and ready to enjoy your home’s beautiful transformation. If you’d like to go ahead with a loft conversion with help and support from skilled professionals, contact the Plus Rooms team today.

Side return kitchen extensions: Design ideas

Side returns are frequently seen in Victorian and Edwardian homes. While these types of properties certainly have their benefits (common features include high ceilings and bay windows) they often include a narrow strip of outdoor space that many struggle to find a purpose for.

Therefore, you may think that an extension is a practical and stylish solution worth investing in.

With a side return kitchen extension, you can maximise space and use natural lighting to its full advantage. It can also add a fresh look to a period home – be it with a skylight or bifold doors. Alternatively, you may want to retain your home’s traditional style, and simply increase the amount of functional space.

If you were to work with a leading design build and company like Plus Rooms, who pride themselves on their quality bespoke craftsmanship, there would be more possibilities than you can imagine.

Side kitchen extension ideas

We’ve worked with many clients to design and build their ideal side return extension, maintaining the same exacting standards of quality throughout from start to finish. Take a look at some of our standout designs below.

A stylish urban garden

Inspired by the eclectic greenery in the garden of this East Dulwich home, we decided to install continuous flooring to bring the outside in. In terms of key features, we opted for a dark colour palette. This added a modern flair, with a blend of warm textures to help ensure balance in the overall feel of the interior.

A relaxing family kitchen diner

Simplicity was key to transforming this pitched roof extension in Lambeth. Rather than relying on extraneous design features, we focused on blending the indoors with the outdoors and using premium materials in calming neutral shades. This resulted in a laid-back multi-purpose space that’s perfect for the entire family.

A luxurious and inviting multi-purpose space 

The owners of this East Dulwich home wanted to create something bright and spacious, with pops of colour to add a touch of vibrance. Large doors and contemporary-style skylights bring in as much light as possible whilst also connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Finally, the Shaker-style kitchen was finished in a warm yet serene blue, to help create a relaxing space.

A chic, industrial interior

One client, based in Camberwell opted for a design that incorporated industrial elements with a connection to nature outside. Exposed brick and steel beams lend a modern element, while large skylights and a glass valley maintain a seamless connection with the verdant outdoor space.


Expand your space with Plus Rooms

A side return kitchen extension can help transform your property. All you need to do is envision your ideal home. Everything else can be handled by our team of experts – who have years of hands-on experience in every aspect of the design and build process. Contact the Plus Rooms team today to inquire about your ideal home extension.