Side Return House Extensions London
London, Victorian terraced houses and semi-detached houses are particularly suitable for side return extensions where there is an existing kitchen jutting out from the building. One side can be infilled and the extension returning along the other side. Terraced houses typically have a wasted strip of land to the side, which is a perfect opportunity to create some extra room. A side return extension typically provides more space in order to combine a kitchen, dining and / living space or a larger kitchen and dining space. A side retun extension is also a great way to create features that bring lots of light into your home with roof lights, a glazed ceiling and bifold doors to the rear. Adding a side return extension also offers the ability to remodel your homes interior to make the most of the new addition. Kocking through, split levels and different ceiling heights can be messy and an inconvenient part of doing an extension but can also create some super features linking old with new while creating a distinct identity for the new space. In most cases an extenstion can be built under permitted development but with some period properties planning permission may be necessary. It is always best to check with your local planning department. A condition of the planning permission may be to match the material to the existing building. This may be a tricky but ultimately a rewarding venture.
There is also the opportunity to create a show stopper extension with a bold design and cladding in a disticly different material. If you qualify for permitted development for larger single storey extensions (three to six meters beyond the rear wall of the original house), you will need to undergo a prior approval process called a Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme. Furthermore, building work involving shared boundary walls will also need to comply with the party wall act, whereby you would have to consult with your neighbours and gain a party wall agreement. It is also best to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate.