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Kitchen Extension Ideas for Victorian Houses

Victorian properties never seem to go out of style thanks to their winning combination of authentic architectural character, affordability, and period charm. However, they aren’t without their drawbacks. From narrow, dark kitchens and tasteless cheap extensions to old and sagging roof structures, many Victorian properties need a bit of love and attention to transform into warm, spacious homes that the modern family can enjoy. The most effective way to achieve this is through a well-designed extension that works with the existing architecture and preserves all the best parts of your property while bringing it into 21st-century life. Here are some kitchen extension ideas to inspire you, from a team that’s delivered many successful Victorian house extension designs.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Milner Road, SW19-15

Open Plan Living in Wimbledon

This attractive home in Merton got a new lease on life through a wraparound Victorian house kitchen extension. This was achieved by demolishing an old outhouse and pushing the extension out into the side return and towards the rear, changing it to a 7.3m deep by 4.5m wide space. The ground floor was then reimagined into a generous and light-filled kitchen and dining space looking straight into the garden. Modern, airy and framed by classic slim Crittall style doors, this extension melds old and new to create a balanced and contemporary style home.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Holmewood Road

Contrast and Drama in Tulse HillTraditional Victorian style effortlessly meets contemporary living in this Tulse Hill kitchen extension. The matt dark grey cabinetry and pendant lighting perfectly complement the stark white walls and glazing, allowing light to flood into the space through two skylights and large picture windows while keeping a colour scheme that fits both Victorian and modern aesthetics. This combination of a flat rear extension and a pitched roof side extension adds visual interest and light to the extension, with the warm glow of the parquet flooring and the satin brass cabinet hardware contrasting with the dramatic vaulted ceiling. 

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension

Traditional Character for Modern Living in Battersea

Adapting a traditional Victorian home for modern family living doesn’t mean losing the character and features that drew you to this property in the first place. When completed sensitively and with an eye for detail, these kitchen extensions settle into the original property as if they were always there. This home in Battersea exemplifies this by taking all the elements we enjoy about these properties and bringing them into modern, everyday life. From the gabled roof and vaulted internal ceiling to the warm oak floors, exposed brick, and farmhouse kitchen, this space embodies the warmth of Victorian materials and techniques while creating a true heart of the home. The subtle placing of the skylights also ensures that they let in plenty of light without jarring against the home’s traditional character.

Plus Rooms, Nigel Rd, SE15-13

Clean Lines in Southwark

Of course, you don’t have to be limited by tradition, which is why Victorian terraces and semi-detached properties are so popular for home renovations. They can be exceptionally versatile and forgiving when paired with modern design concepts, like this home in Southwark shows. This living area and kitchen extension is as modern as it gets, with a virtually fully-glazed rear wall for the extension, large-scale frameless skylights, and a bold interior design scheme. Airy, minimalist and filled with light, it’s the opposite of what traditional Victorian kitchen and dining spaces usually are – and yet that’s exactly what it’s achieved so effectively.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Rectory Rd

Full Family Life in Tooting

This Victorian house extension in Tooting shows that you really can get creative with Victorian properties. Rather than going with the existing traditional brickwork, the extension is plastered with a soft render in a warm earth colour, creating contrast without clashing. This showcases the modern upgrade that incorporates a spacious kitchen, living area and dining space without it clashing against the existing structure. The Slimline sliding doors stretch across the entire width of the rear wall, bringing light into these traditionally dark and narrow spaces and integrating the home with the garden and outdoor entertainment space. This project also shows how it’s possible to create a large and open space with the right plan and design even when awkward angles are involved, showing the potential for every home to transform into a more practical, enjoyable space.

Bring Your Property to Life Through Design-Driven Victorian Kitchen Extensions

Successfully transforming a Victorian property takes a combination of thoughtful design and expert construction, ensuring that the finished result is elegant, practical, and durable. As a full-service team, Plus Rooms has designed and delivered over 1,400 home extensions across London, including exceptional quality Victorian kitchen extensions. To find out more about what we do and how our bespoke services can deliver the home your family deserves, contact us today.

Design Inspiration: Hipped Roof Extension Designs

A hipped roof extension is an elegant and functional way of adding upstairs space to your home. It’s commonly used for creating new bedrooms and bathrooms, but it can also be used to create a guest room or home office space. Here are some design ideas and construction considerations from London-based residential construction specialists Plus Rooms.

What is a Hipped Roof Extension?

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 the 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.

Hip roof extensions often don’t require much – if any – planning permission, unlike other types of extensions, and many projects are covered under permitted development (PD). Of course, it is always advisable to check with your local planning authority for any restrictions and to work with a construction partner who will ensure your extension is fully compliant with restrictions and building regulations.

What to Consider While Planning Your Hip Roof Extension Design

In addition to cost and building regulations, it is worthwhile considering:

  • The height of the space – If the head height of the existing space is low, it may not be worth building. In some spaces, if the pitch is very low, building regulations will not allow the extension to take place.
  • Access to the loft – You will need to ensure easy access to the new space in the form of a full staircase, which may impact the layout of the floor below and the loft itself. You will have to be compliant with regulations that determine whether a staircase is safe and sufficient.
  • Use of the new space – There are many reasons to build a loft space, but the most important is that it will be a useful part of the home. For example, if you are building a guest suite for your older parents, it may not be worthwhile if they won’t be able to comfortably use the stairs. It might be better to put the children’s rooms in the loft or create a master suite instead.

Hip Roof Extension Ideas to Inspire You

1. Victorian Conversion in Herne Hill

This extension truly shows the full potential for conversion in Victorian terrace homes. By adding a rear wing dormer and dormer over the main frame, this extension creates a headspace of 2m in a beautiful master suite that overlooks the London skyline. This effectively creates an escape from the hustle and bustle of the home; a modern, glazed bedroom, bathroom and dressing space with the feel of a high-end hotel.

Kitchen Extension and Loft Conversion Lime Grove

2. Bungalow Transformation in Richmond

Even in more modern bungalow-style homes where rooms are more spacious, adding a hip roof extension can utterly transform the look and value of a property. This single storey home in Richmond was taken from its rather modest size and redesigned into an open and spacious family home. The loft extension includes a light-filled landing, two generous bedrooms, and a shared shower room, expanding the square meterage of the home across the entire width of the house and creating a comfortable 2.0-2.3 headspace.

Kitchen Extension Bradley Gardens

3. Simple, Clean Lines in Ealing

This Ealing hipped roof extension expands the home outward using a double flat-roofed dormer to slot in against the existing pitched roof. This created a glamorous and modern extension that worked with the required planning permissions and permitted development regulations that Plus Rooms secured. This is a very sleek example of a hipped extension, using hidden guttering and aluminium trim so as not to distract from the large, structural glass panels.

4. Escape to a Luxury Master Suite in East Dulwich

Loft extensions are a way to escape into the sky and harness the views, freedom, and spaciousness that this high life provides. This hipped roof extension does just that – and more. Tucked away between two pitched roofs appears a double dormer framed by large panel glazing, looking out over the roofs to the stars. This generous space includes a large, spa-like bathroom and a spacious master bedroom and dressing area, creating an addition filled with luxury, exclusivity, and creative design. 

Plus Rooms – Specialists to Design, Guide and Construct Bespoke Hipped Roof Extensions

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

We’re here to help you make your home work for you and your family, adding value to your investment and creating a space for the lifestyle you deserve. Over the last 17 years, we have completed more than 1,400 projects in the London area. Contact us for more information about hipped roof house extension designs or get in touch with our team to see how we can transform your home.

Design Inspiration: Pitched Roof Extension Ideas

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. 

Why choose a pitched roof extension?

Home extensions can use a flat roof, a pitched roof, or a combination of the two to great effect. The key to making any of these extensions successful is having a construction and design team that has the experience and expertise to work with your home’s character and your personal vision to create a bespoke, durable result.

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. They are very weather-proof, create shelter for the property, and are easy to maintain.

Pitched roof extensions aren’t without their drawbacks, however. Firstly, these benefits do come at a higher cost than a flat roof extension because of the beams, structural elements, and roofing tiles/surface that the project requires. Secondly, they take a bit longer to construct because they are more complex structures.

5 Pitched Roof Extension Ideas to Inspire You


Here are some pitched roof extension ideas to inspire you and show you what’s possible when you partner with experienced design and construction specialists.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Leithcote Gdns, London, SW16-11

A Warm Heart of the Home in Wandsworth

Although they are known for creating space and volume, this pitched roof kitchen extension in Wandsworth makes a warm and cosy yet functional space. Complimented by copper fittings and a characterful wooden floor, this extension creates a new heart of the home for the family to enjoy. By extending the kitchen and living space, this home now has a functional kitchen, diner, and lounge area to utilise thanks to a compact yet spacious 3 x 5.5m full-width rear extension that sits seamlessly against the existing home.

Plus Rooms Thornbury Rd Kitchen Extension

Light Floods into Isleworth

If you want to maximise light in your home, then this Isleworth extension is just what you need. With a thoughtful and minimalist approach to the structure and design of the extension, this project pushes glazing to the limit. From ultra-wide sliding doors to glazing the peak of the roof to oversized skylights running the length of the extension, you get every drop of sunlight in the day and sit under the stars at night.

Plus Rooms, Pellatt Road, SE22, Kitchen and Loft extension-14

Space to Breathe, Live and Laugh in East Dulwich

This Southwark home extension allowed the owners to reimagine the flow and function of their downstairs space, reconfiguring it for modern family life. The wrap around pitched roof extension extends to a 6.7m full depth, 5.1m full height, and a 1.9m side return. This creates a generous, family-friendly living and dining space that maximises functionality while bringing the garden indoors through large sliding doors. The natural light is further enhanced by two large skylights over the dining area and kitchen prep space.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Shardeloes Road, SE14_-17

Industrial Chic in Saint John’s

While pitched roof extensions are often seen as traditional, this project shows just how well they can be adapted for modern architectural and design styles. Small and simple yet delivering significant impact, this pitched roof kitchen extension extends this home to a 4.3m full depth with a 2.1m side return to deliver a full width across the rear of the home of 5.2m. The timber frame roof creates a beautiful and expansive open kitchen that floods out into the garden. The deep grey walls and industrial fittings are enhanced by a large skylight that runs the width of the side return and a floor-to-ceiling glazed rear entrance, ensuring plenty of natural light meets drama to create an iconic space.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Ansdell Rd, SE15-17

The Best of Both Worlds in Nunhead

As this extension in Nunhead shows, broken plan living can be the perfect way to bring old and new together to create a functional family home. The hip or pitched roof kitchen extension wraps around the home’s rear and side return to create a flowing 9.5m deep by 1.9m wide space with a full 4.5m rear width. The addition allowed the team to create a new WC under the stairs, a separate office and lounge, and a large family kitchen/dining space that floods out into the garden. The broken plan creates privacy and distinct zones for different uses without making the space feel cramped or challenging to manage, and the large sliding doors and skylights let in plenty of light into the long space.

Plus Rooms Extension Landelis Road

Sleek and Modern in East Dulwich

Using a combination of flat and pitched roof extensions, this East Dulwich kitchen is transformed into a modern, minimalist, but light-filled space. By demolishing the old extension, this pitched roof kitchen extension wraps around the rear and side of the house to create a functional 6m deep and 1.7m wide extension to increase the rear width of the home to 4.7m. With modern plasterwork, sleek skylights and folding doors, this house extension isn’t traditional – yet it sits perfectly against the original home to create architectural contrast and individual style for this beautiful family home.

Plus Rooms – The specialists in pitched roof extensions in London

Plus Rooms offers a bespoke, full-service design and construction offering for homeowners across London. Whether you want to create a space that is traditional and light-filled, one that is sleek and minimalist, or an eclectic and versatile extension, we’re here to delight you. With an established track record for excellence, we’ll design, build, and deliver the extension that your home truly deserves. Contact us today for more pitched roof extension ideas or to chat with our team about pitched roof extensions in London.

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.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension London

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.

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: Flat Roof Extension Ideas

When extending your home, one of the central decisions you will have to make is to have a pitched or flat roof extension. While flat roof extensions may seem a bit more challenging to maintain, the reality is that with the right construction partner, they are as effective, beautiful, and durable as a pitched extension. Here’s some insight into these extensions as well as design ideas from our team who have designed and delivered hundreds of successful, elegant flat roof extensions in London.

Why Choose a Flat Roof Extension?

There are many important advantages of this type of house extension, including:

  • Affordability – A bespoke flat roof 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.
  • Visual impact – 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 also be built into the structure, so that you don’t have unsightly gutters and downpipes spoiling those elegant, clean lines.
  • Strength – Depending on their design and construction, a flat roof can be exceptionally strong and durable, allowing you to finish them off with bespoke touches like turf or wildflowers to create a beautiful and natural effect when viewed from above.

Design Inspiration for Flat Roof House Extensions

To see if a flat roof extension is the right project for your home, let’s look at some recent projects that may inspire you.

Plus Rooms kitchen rear extension terraced Hillcourt Road SE22

A Simple, Elegant Extension in Dulwich

When designed properly, a flat roof extension is the ideal addition to Victorian terrace houses like this one in East Dulwich. This takes a traditionally long and narrow property and adds a distinctive modern touch that gives the home a new lease on life. By using floor to ceiling sliding doors as well as front and side skylights, the length of the home is brighter and more naturally-lit than before, taking unused space and creating a new and beautiful heart of the home.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension  Woodbastwick Road

Broken Plan Beauty in Sydenham

Older properties truly come to life when a bespoke and thoughtfully designed extension is created. This lovely Sydenham home shows how versatile an extension can be – there’s no need to settle for one-size-fits-all. By embracing the character of the home, a unique broken plan living area is created, filled with light and supported by a massive and characterful solid timber beam. An exposed brick pier allowed us to hide away the support the flat roof house extension required, helping to create zones within the new space for dining, relaxing, cooking, and entertaining.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Rectory Rd

Modern Contrast for Open Plan Living in Tooting

A flat roofed extension is an elegant and subtle way of creating something new on the canvas of your home. Rather than having this extension subtly slip into the background, this Tooting home brings it to life with plaster and paint to sit against the traditional exposed brick structure. This creates soft contrast without overwhelming the traditional Victorian exterior, and the slimline sliding doors expand the new open plan space out into the garden to create a seamless and airy space for entertainment and family life.

Flat Roof Extension Earlsfield

Best of Both Worlds in Earlsfield

Flat roofs work well in combination with pitched roofs, as this Earlsfield home shows so well. By demolishing an existing rear extension and expanding the kitchen into the side return, the existing pitched roof seamlessly meets the new timber-frame flat roof to create a beautifully vaulted multifunction space. This is a great example of how a small extension can make an impressive difference to how a home can be used, which is so important in modern family life. 

Flat Roof Extension Herne Hill

Taking Home Life to New Heights in Herne Hill

In family homes, extensions provide practical space – but they can provide luxurious privacy too. This flat roof loft extension creates a bespoke master bedroom, dressing room, and en-suite high above the skyline, providing a space for relaxation, peace, and tranquillity. The views over London are maximised in each room using floor-to-ceiling glass, and the large-scale skylights create a sense of living far above the streets where the air is clear. 

Bespoke Flat Roof Extensions from London’s Master Designers

The success of a flat roof house extension is a combination of thoughtful design and expert construction, ensuring that the finished result is elegant, practical, and durable. As a full-service team, Plus Rooms has designed and delivered over 1,400 home extensions across London, including exceptional quality flat roof extensions. To find out more about what we do and how our bespoke services can bring your dream family home to life, contact us today.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.