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Planning a small extension

Balbir M
24 January, 2017

Hello Everyone,

We are still in the process of decorating our house and having completed the bedrooms, bathroom and loft, we are moving downstairs to the living room and also looking into a small extension into the garden, the extension will be a dining area for when we have people over for dinner (we usually eat at our kitchen table but this only seats 4 people so not ideal for entertaining).

Pic 1 is from inside the living room, we will take out the patio doors but not sure what to replace them with or maybe keep it open plan?

Pic 2 is from the patio doors, we are thinking about raising the extension floor so that its level with the living room floor...?

Pic 3 is from the garden, should we look at having an L shaped extension??

Its a small area approx 2 meters wide and 3 meters in length but we can't decide how it should look, should the roof be glass to let in more light or should we have a tiled roof? We are completely stumped and any ideas would be greatly appreciated..please mind the mess, the garden (once the extension has been done) will be the final makeover and no doubt I will be back here asking for help again!


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    Lariko Architects

    Hi Balbir,


    With regards to your queries you have a multitude of options and permutations for how to arrange the space and extension.


    The most important thing to consider is how the ground floor works as a 'whole' rather than looking at it in parts. This will then guide you into how to shape the building itself, windows and doors will place themselves.


    From the photos it's a little difficult to exactly ascertain what needs to be done but an L shape extension should be very easy and will match your neighbour. There are certain planning constraints, either permitted development route or full planning may be required, but certainly possible.


    If you have any plans, estate agent or otherwise, these are useful to see the current state of play, of if you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me directly.

    Balbir M thanked Lariko Architects

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