Different Types Of Home Extensions

Additions to a house are sometimes necessary when there’s just not enough space to accommodate things we accumulate over the years, when families grow or we just want a space to entertain guests. There are many home addition options, some fancy, others utilitarian. A great feature about home extensions is if built well, they can instantly beautify a house. A brickwork abode sporting a conservatory, for example, is transformed into a stately house that speaks elegance and wealth. A small house with a single storey extension, on the other hand, adds valuable space that can impact the resale value of a house. After determining what an addition is needed for, check out which of these choices appeals to you.


It’s perfect for a greenhouse or a charming entertainment area. Traditionally, conservatories were ornate structures popular during the Victorian era. If the same can be constructed with a big budget, it can turn a house into an elegant structure. In order to classify an extension as a conservatory, 75 percent or more of its roof must contain translucent materials like glass, and 50 percent of the walls must be glazed. This composition is naturally required if the structure is used as a greenroom.

Single storey addition

For an extension that’s to be used strictly for utilitarian purposes, a single storey extension is a good idea. Unlike conservatories, single storey additions don’t always add beauty. If not thoughtout well, they may protrude unattractively, block neighbour’s views or be subject to flues. Building control permission is always required when constructing a single storey extension. Local building codes also apply, even if the extension is small.

Over-garage extension

If building an extension breadth-wise is not possible, an over-garage extension can be a solution. Be warned, however, as the foundations of the existing house may not be strong enough to support an extra structure. Laying additional foundations is required which pushes up the cost of construction. Planning permission should be sought as well as complying with building codes even if not required. This will ensure that both the new and old structures are able to support each other.


Also called a sunroom, orangeries were regular fixtures in the 17th to 19th centuries. Built on lots supporting manors and other upscale residences, they were used to entertain guests, relax in or grow citrus trees. In this manner, they’re similar to conservatories. Orangeries are best constructed by professional architects and builders and must adhere to building control permissions and codes.

Loft conversion

This isn’t a true extension but is sometimes deemed so because it involves converting a standard attic into a liveable room. Easier to work with than the rest because the structure already exists, it’s a better choice than a basement conversion because you don’t have to contend with working around plumbing and living with dampness. Complying with building regulations is necessary.

Garage conversion

Garage conversions are another cheaper way to get extra living space. Being larger than lofts, there’s more room to move around. However, the design of the roof may hinder storage space so it’s best to replace standard trusses with storage or attic trusses. Windows are another factor to focus on because some garages have only one so you’ll have to install at least another two for good cross ventilation. If you are looking for fully comprehensive service in Perth which caters for all forms of customized construction, extensions, additions, internal and external renovations and home improvements then PK Construction is the best place to be.