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How to create your perfect side-return extension

As well as boosting your home’s living space, this kind of addition can have a dramatic eff ect on the fl ow of the interior layout. Architect Opinder Liddar shares the secrets to developing a successful scheme

With land so scarce and building costs so high, many homeowners are keen to transform a pre-existing house into the dwelling of their dreams. As an architect, it’s my role to help people maximise the potential of their current property.

A side-return extension offers one of the most promising opportunities in terms of home improvements, and can contribute to the creation of a fantastic living space that forms a stronger connection between indoor living zones and the garden. As a result, it’s well worth exploring your plot’s prospects. So, what’s the best way to gauge your property’s potential for adding more space?

Assessing the plot

Firstly, your designer will need to understand the neighbouring context. One of the main issues when it comes to obtaining planning consent is the impact of your proposed addition on your neighbours’ amenity.

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The March edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A traditional timber frame house on a quiet Hampshire plot (page 22) • How to build an oak frame home on a budget (page 68) • What you need to know about underfloor heating (page 75) • Windows for renovations (page 78) • How to combine renewables (page 86) • Adding wow factor (page 92) • Common renovation mistakes (page 104) … and more!
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