Looking to expand your living space? Be inspired by these creative extensions to pick a solution that improves your quality of life – and adds value to your home

Story: Kara O’Reilly

1 Double-height space
To make the most of the spectacular views from the back of this house, Stiff & Trevillion created a double-height space, along with the lower-ground kitchen extension that links directly to the garden. The full refurbishment of the property also included adding a basement swimming pool and gym, plus loft extension.

2 Light-filled garden room
This addition to a period property by Apropos was designed to let as much light into the home as possible. The shape was kept deliberately simple with an unobtrusive flat skylight to avoid disrupting the lines of the existing house, while wide sliding doors frame the garden views. Similar structures, from £42,000.

3 Double-height glass doors
High-tech solutions from commercial projects are now being put to use in domestic spaces. An example being the Solarlux Cero glass door system from The Caulfield Company, which combines the scale of architectural glass walls with the functionality of sliding doors – with doors available in sizes up to six metres tall by four metres wide. Unobtrusive frames and remote controls ensure the system is good-looking and user-friendly. From £15,000 made-to-order.

4 Rustic timber 
Tate Harmer is an architectural practice dedicated to sustainability and this unusual modern rustic extension shows off their credentials. Industrial-strength exposed timber was used to create an angled arch that shapes the structure of the space. These timber beams are extended into bookcases for a seamless flow from ceiling to floor.

5 Modern side return
This RIBA-award-winning side extension is Coffey Architects’ solution to a common current property conundrum: how to turn an unloved side return into a useful living space. The use of mixed materials such as polished concrete, oak panelling, stock bricks and frameless glazing is contemporary without being cold. A similar project finished to this specification would cost around £200,000.

6 Atrium goals
The greenhouse-inspired pitched roof and Crittall-style back wall allow light to flood into this user-friendly kitchen extension fitted out by deVOL. Its Pantry Blue-painted Real Shaker kitchen is paired with a concrete work surface and floors, as well as antique pieces to create a really appealing ‘something old, something new’ feel. Real Shaker kitchen, from £12,000.

7 Wall of glass
Architectural practice Boyarsky Murphy used glass specialists Vitrocsa to create this new addition complete with 6m tall sliding glass doors. The rear wall of the original terrace house was removed and the double-height extension added, with the intention of closely connecting the house to the garden and vice versa.

8 Blue sky thinking
The key to creating the perfect open-plan kitchen is getting the space and the layout right first before deciding on design details and furnishings. A good designer will understand the importance of the function of the space and will aim to incorporate all the elements you have specified. This Brompton range from McCarron & Co fits perfectly into this kitchen extension with atrium ceiling.

9 Kitchen dramas
Maxlight installed exquisite architectural glazing into this compact London living/workshop property development. Making the most of a contemporary, yet awkward space, Maxlight’s ultra-slim doors, available in with double and triple panels – as well as walk-on glass floors – mean that as much light as possible can find its way in.

10 Bathroom solutions
The existing bathroom of this family house was tiny, so the owners added a new space above a ground-floor utility room accessed through the old bathroom (now a dressing room). Due to planning restrictions, the resulting room is long and thin, with a steeply pitched roof. However, thanks to clever design, it contains both a walk-in shower and freestanding bath (Clyde bath, from £5,100; Classic bath taps from £1,650; Dalby shower, from £2,720; Wall-to-Wall towel radiator, from £2,142; all drummonds-uk.com).

11 Light strips
A modest project that has made a big difference: Hût Architecture reclaimed a dingy patio and transformed it into a light-filled extension to this Victorian end-of-terrace house. The additions of the rectangular window and door openings maintain the owners’ privacy, but neatly frame both views into the garden and of trees and sky beyond.

12 Roof extension
IQ Glass installed these ‘open corner’ slim-framed sliding glass doors as part of a roof extension. The intention was to allow for easy access to the roof terrace, and create a flow between the two areas in order to make the space more user-friendly all year round.

13 Period to open-plan
Marie Kalsi Interior Design renovated a seven bedroom property in south east London to create more open-plan space with a rear extension and two new bathrooms. The contemporary extension stretches out the rear of the property, previously very narrow, to the full width of the building. Sloping roofs, cranked beams and architectural glazing created unity between the varying head heights, creating a vaulted ceiling reaching 5m high in some parts.

14 Conservation conundrums 
It is now easier than ever to open up the outmoded rear kitchens of Victorian terraces to let in the sunlight and create better access to the garden. Mark Titman Designs specialists in such properties, particularly listed buildings or those in Conservation areas. An extension should link with the middle of the house, where utility spaces can be incorporated for storage or a WC. The simplest of layouts involves locating storage, shelves and kitchen units either side of the newly extended kitchen, leaving space for movement and furnishing between the flanking cupboards and units.

15 Embrace those curves 
R&M Lines completely refurbished this five bedroom Wimbledon home. The house was extended and adapted with curving full width folding doors opening out onto the wonderful garden. The finished effect gives a nautical feel to the family home and fills it with space and light, as well as becoming a social hub for friends and family.