If you’re planning an extension in Cornwall? Here are the options:

If you want to expand your current living space, a house extension is undoubtedly the way to go.

However, if it’s your first time expanding, what options do you have?

With Covid making many people reassess their living arrangements and property prices in Cornwall continuing to rise, you may wish to expand your current premises rather than move.

Cornish architectural designers Trevaskis Design Solutions run through the main types of house extension, whether or not they require planning permission and what they can add to your property.

Side return extensions

If you have a passage down the side of your property that is rarely used, a side return extension could be for you. This also has the benefit of improving your home security.

Although the extension itself is usually quite small and cost-effective – it can really help to enlarge your living space. In addition, planning permission is rarely required.

Rear extensions

A rear extension allows you to extend onto the rear of your home, usually into the back garden. Many homeowners like to convert this space into a bright space for dining or relaxing, taking advantage of garden views.

A small rear extension also hardly ever requires planning permission.

Wrap around extensions

Wrap around extensions are a mixture of the two extension types above, increasing the size of the property both to the side and rear of the property. They are well-suited for creating larger open plan spaces, ideal for those wanting an open plan living/kitchen area.

Although giving you a greater size than the first two types of extension, they still rarely require planning permission.

Double storey extensions

Double storey extensions mean taking one of the above, rear, side return or wrap around shapes and extending it over two floors.

Despite giving you the same potential increase in space, the costs will usually be around half of a single storey extension due to the fact they don’t need new foundations to be constructed. Despite these advantages, you will usually need planning permission from Cornwall County Council to get this built.

Attic/Loft (Dormer) extension

If you rarely use your attic/loft, a dormer extension could be what you need. A dormer extension removes some of the pitch of the roof and creates a box space well-suited to creating a study, ensuite bathroom or master bedroom.

They usually don’t need planning permission and are quite an affordable solution compared to laying new groundworks.

Garage or other Outbuilding Extension

Extending your living space with a garage or other outbuilding such as a storage or room, swimming pool or kennels is a great way to add space to your home.

As you are greatly increasing the footprint of your home, you will require planning permission and of course new foundations so expect higher costs and longer times.

There is also the option to add extensions onto existing garages or outbuildings, with double story garage extensions becoming more and more popular.

Short of Space? Extend your Property in Cornwall

With many Cornish homeowners realising the importance of their living space over the last few years of the pandemic, it is worth considering one of these types of extension.

If you are wanting to improve or increase the size of your property in Cornwall, a home extension is a great option.

If you want to discuss extending your living space, it may be more affordable than you think. Get in touch with Trevaskis Design Solutions today.