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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.