Bungalow Extension Ideas, Designs, Plans
This question has been answered by Ian Wilkins of IWA Surveying and Planning in Kent.
Q: I want to extend my bungalow, what should I consider first?
A: Look at the structure of the roof, a chalet bungalow is always a great idea. However if it’s a low level structure any extensions should be sympathetic to the original design of the building. Here are some other things to think about when planning a bungalow extension.
Bungalows: Making the Most of Them
A bungalow is a great purchase, as it offers endless possibilities to add value, most notably by extending. Often bungalows are situated in large plots, meaning extending outwards is always an option. Or there is always the possibility of extending upwards by converting the loft. Both methods have their merits, but it’s about deciding what is most suitable for your lifestyle.
What is a Bungalow Extension?
A bungalow extension can either go outward or upwards, depending on your needs and the space available. Many people buy bungalows for this very reason, extending is a great way of increasing the value of the property and could work out cheaper than buying a bigger home to start with.
Bungalow Extension Ideas
There are various sorts of bungalow extension designs, whether you want to extend upwards or outwards:
Converting the loft is usually the least expensive and quickest way to extend a bungalow. Most bungalows have substantial attic space, providing more than enough room for a large bedroom with en suite bathroom. However, bear in mind that you may put potential buyers off if the bedroom is placed upstairs. Many people looking to buy bungalows will be elderly, so part of the attraction of a bungalow is eliminating the stairs.
Extending your bungalow outwards is a great idea if you have a large enough plot. However, it will probably cost more money and take a bit more time. If you’re extending outwards you have scope to add more than one room.
Bungalow Extension Designs
You can view all manner of bungalow extension plans online, but it’s best to talk to your architect about exactly what you want and how much you can afford to spend. A professional home extension company will be able to draw up plans that fit your requirements.
Bungalow Extension Building Regulations
Extensions are permitted developments, provided that you meet conditions set by the planning department. For all home extensions, you must still get building regulation approval. As an example, the following projects would need building regulation approval:
- Home extensions such as for a kitchen or bathroom
- Loft conversions – internal structural alterations, such as the removal of a load-bearing wall.
- Installing baths, showers which will involve drainage or waste plumbing.
- Installing new heating appliances.
- New chimneys.
How Much will a Bungalow Extension Cost?
Extending a bungalow can cost between £900 and £2,000 per square meter, this hugely varies depending on where you live, the type of materials you are using and the scale of the project. For a more detailed quote contact some local builders in your area.