house extension at nightAs experienced home extension builders in Loughborough, Abell Building Services have worked on properties of all sizes, from the very large to the very small.

We’ve seen time and time again that some of the biggest transformations can be achieved in the smallest spaces, where an extension can add a significant percentage on to your living space – not to mention the resale value of your property.

Small extensions with bifold doors or sliding doors can be installed to open up your indoor living space into the garden, creating stunning entertainment areas or just blurring that boundary between inside and outside for the summer months.

Here are a few of the best small house extension ideas to add living space, add value, or reconfigure your property to suit your lifestyle.

Single-storey extensions

Single-storey extensions are one of the most popular choices amongst homeowners. They allow you to add a separate room or multiple rooms to the property. Alternatively you can knock through into an existing room and create a large open-plan entertaining space instead.

Single-storey rear extensions are usually not difficult in terms of getting planning permission, and below a certain size you may not need planning permission at all, which again makes this a great option for small property extensions.

Two-storey extensions

Two-storey extensions are more likely to need planning permission and, for obvious reasons, will cost more than a single-storey extension of the same floor size. However, if you’re going to the trouble of installing a new ground floor and roof, putting an upper storey on your extension doubles the space you gain, without doubling the cost.

You could add an ensuite or a second family bathroom, extend your master bedroom or even add a whole new bedroom if your family is growing.

Small extensions with bifold or sliding doors

Small extensions with bifold or sliding doors are a great way to increase the sense of space, as you can open up the doors to remove the physical barrier between the inside and outside of your home.

They also offer great value. Research published in 2020 by Halifax found bifold doors add over £5,000 to the value of your house and cost less to install than major projects like loft conversions. Halifax said: “For those looking to add the most value … installing bifolding doors could help home improvers to knock on an impressive 56% profit.”

Bifold doors are common on single-storey extensions to create a conservatory feel but can equally be fitted on the ground floor of a two-storey extension to break up the aesthetic of the new wall.

Front and side extensions

When you think of an extension, it’s usually a rear extension that comes to mind, however front and side extensions can also be a great way to maximise space. They are an especially good option if you don’t want to lose garden space, which is often already a luxury in smaller properties.

Front extensions are often used to add a more welcoming and spacious entryway, utility space or to simply expand existing living space. Side extensions can utilise the land running along the sides of your property and are a great way to extend your living room, kitchen and/or dining area or to add a utility space.

Find out more

If you have a relatively small property and want to know more about getting the most out of your available land – and maximising the value of your extension – give us a call on 01509 734550 or  contact us here and we will be happy to discuss the best options.