Side Return Extensions
What is a side return extension?
The side return area of your home is the narrow strip of land that runs down one side of your property. All depending on the actual size of this land strip, some homeowners use this as a lean-to or indeed a storage area, but most often it’s used for no specific purpose. Side return conversions are a great way to make the most of your space, and can be created in many different styles. Side returns extensions offer an excellent opportunity for creating one or two stories that have been designed specifically around your needs. One story side returns may extend into existing rooms while two-story additions create much more living space within as well as having access to outdoor areas via walkways or balconies on top floors.
Is a side return extension worth it?
Side return extensions are a positive solution to adding extra space and lighting to your dismal, dark, and unwelcoming back rear side rooms. By converting this poorly used space at the rear of your home, or the small alley that are most typically found running down the side of most UK terraced houses. These types of home extensions provide a fantastic way for terrace homeowners to maximise their homes space and all round square footage without having them to reduce their back garden area. Sometimes a side return extension can be built in conjunction with a single-storey rear extension, what's called a wrap-around extension, which will make your building project more cost-effective and is a great way to expand the footprint of your existing home.
How much do side return extensions cost?
At first, a side return extension may seem like an expensive undertaking. But once you have taken into account the other costs that come with it such as labour and materials which are inevitably included in any building work project of this size, then what was previously seen as too much becomes more manageable. You might be surprised by how affordable some homes can really become with careful planning. Obviously there a price points to consider such as the kind of materials and finish you choose, and the design and structural elements involved in your particular extension requirements. By all means you can call us at any time for advice and guidance at Derby House Extensions.
Do you need planning permission for a side return extension?
A Side return extension will come under normal circumstances, within the permitted development, as long as they adhere to certain set-out criteria. When you are planning to extend beyond the side elevation of the original house, your new extension must satisfy these following rules and regulations.
Other main factors to take into consideration when thinking about a side return extension are conditions such as the exterior of the new building must be in a similar appearance to that of the original property. Other criteria and requirements to look out for during planning are whether the house has been extended before, as you cannot proceed to extend more than half of the area that is around the originally built property.
Planning permission is not the only thing you need to worry about when adding a side return extension, as it could be that your home falls within a conservation area. If there are designated areas in which planning consent must be obtained then this will apply with any size of addition too, even if its just one room. You should speak to an architect or someone who knows their way around these things for advice on whether or not your property needs more than we can provide - after all no two properties and extensions are ever alike!
One of the main takeaways from speaking with local planners is looking out for residential zones such as Conservation Areas where construction requires prior approval by either submitting plans through official channels before work commences; otherwise checking they’re necessary.
To find out if your proposed extension is within permitted development, visit the planning portal website to see what criteria are necessary. If you think that your home falls into this category and would like some professional advice on how to make it happen, then contact a local planner who will be able to provide pre-planning advice for a fee.
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