The short answer is YES! The better question is “How can I make an extension best work for me?” Getting an extension means being in control and designing a space that it tailor made for your specific needs. Wether you need a home office, space for your favourite hobby or play area for a growing family and extension is a way to make this happen. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in another property why not add it on to one that you are already settled into? 

It might be even easier than you think to get the extension of your dreams. Some do not even require planning permission. So, how much can you extend your property without planning permission? Here is a guideline of the rules:

  • Ensure you use similar materials to your existing property

  • Guarantee that not more than half of the surrounding land of your house will be covered by building work.

  • No extension can be forward elevation or side elevation in front of an highway

  • You must ensure that you do not exceed the maximum single-storey height of 4 metres

  • You can not extend farther than 8 metres beyond the rear wall of your home

  • Planning permission free extensions cannot include balconies, verandas or raised platforms.


An extension can also be a great investment. Sure, a conservatory might feel like an easier and faster option but a future buyer will be considering the quality of any build you add to your home and will be attracted to a purposeful and well designed space. With house prices on the rise a new home may not be what you’re looking to invest in right now but an extension means you can get the space you need whilst staying exactly where you are and adding value on to your home. A great online resource for calculating just how much value you could add to your property can be found at the following link: https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/dvc434/calculator/index.html

If extending up instead of out sounds like what you're after click here to read about our loft conversions.

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