How Do You Plan a Home Extension?
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Home extension guides - plan bespoke glazing, planning permission & more

Home extensions are one of the most popular types of renovation, adding extra space to properties for kitchens, dining, living areas and offices. They can be single or double-storey extensions, depending on your budget, space and what you intend to use the extension for.

Whatever your ideas, planning is the key to a successful home extension, whether it’s the bespoke windows and doors you design or maximising the layout. Here are some of the essential areas to think about.

Home extension guides - plan bespoke glazing, planning permission & moreHow Much Do Home Extensions Cost?

Your budget is one of the first things you need to consider as it will help you plan the build more cost-effectively. You’ll need to map out the fixtures and fittings you want, decide where you’d like it located, what size space you need and identify any challenges to overcome, which could all add to the total budget. The best way to get started is to arrange a few quotes to see if you can get an idea about how much the extension will cost.

Do You Need Planning Permission?

One of the best places to check whether you need planning permission for your project is the planning portal for extensions. This type of build may fall under permitted development rights if it falls within certain limits, meaning you won’t need to apply for full planning permission. Permitted developments include extensions that won’t exceed the highest point of the property’s existing roof and don’t include features such as a chimney, balcony or satellite dish.

What’s the Best Glazing for House Extensions?

It’s worth noting that there are some rules for the glazing you choose, especially in any upper floor side elevations, which may require obscured glass. Many home extensions open out onto an outdoor space, such as garden, so you should plan how to make the most out of the views and natural sunlight on offer.

Two of the most popular options are aluminium sliding doors and bifolds thanks to their premium look and narrow sightlines. Robust aluminium has one of the slimmest profiles on the market, producing virtually uninterrupted views. For a real design statement, you could also consider a roof lantern for flat roofs, perhaps over a kitchen island or dining table. This involves a glazing installation in the roof structure to bring in lots of light from above while creating incredible views to enjoy.

Carefully plan all the windows and doors you need to create more functionality in your home extension. You can even use your choices to define the overall look, with a vast array of colours available to stay in keeping with the rest of your extension plans.

Need more advice?

At Opus Glazing, we can help you plan your home extension, supplying and installing high-quality glazing products. This includes bifold doors, roof lights and both uPVC and aluminium windows. We work across London and the South East, including Surbiton, Teddington and Twickenham. Get in touch now for free advice and a competitive quote.

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