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Adding A Wraparound Extension
Author:
Tom Norris

For the uninitiated a wraparound extension is generally defined as an extension of a property in two directions. For example you might decide to extend backwards and sideways on one floor or more. Some times a wraparound is only used on the corner of a building whilst in other cases it may be that the property is extended the full length or width in one direction with only a metre or two in the other direction.

In practise wraparounds come in all shapes and sizes to suit many applications and property design. For example, the most popular wraparound extensions are applied to period properties with back additions. After that it’s the 1930’s semi where it has become increasingly popular to extend out the side of the property whilst going back on the rear at the same time.

You can also apply the wraparound to an end of terrace where you can extend the full width / length of the main building, extend the side of the back addition and then enlarge the rear by adding a few more metres. An extension of this size will have an enormous effect on the property as you are more than doubling the entire floor space.



How Does A Wraparound Extension Effect The Floor Layout?

In most case a wraparound will have a huge effect on the internal layout as the added living space will offer up several options to incorporate a downstairs w/c, a utility room, a shower room or even a guest room depending on the type of property and the size of the extension.

To make full use of the new space and layout it’s also highly likely that you will also need to remove quite a bit of external load bearing walls which will increase your costs substantially. In doing so you will be able get far better layouts when it comes to relocating the kitchen, dining areas and living space so try not to be to deterred by the costs.

On extensions such as a wraparound it is always wise to get your architect to provide you with some 3d designs so that you can see how the new layouts will look and function prior to giving the go ahead. The 3d illustrations might cost a few hundred but it will work out cheaper than having to move a wall or two later down the line.

If you’re currently considering adding a wraparound extension there are a number of further considerations below that you should pay attention to and in doing so you will be well rewarded.
 



Are You Going To Move House In The Next 5 Years?

Wraparound Extension Photos 2It’s an absolute fact that people spend many thousands of pounds adding an extension and doing up their property only to sell within a couple of years. Now the question is, if you knew you were going to move house would you really have:

Well unless you happen to be an architect or interior designer with a finger placed firmly on the current interior design trends then it’s most likely that you will have:

The truth is that many home-owners browse a few websites, read a few magazines and before you know it are off giving instructions to the builders without any real idea if the proposed works will:

Get it into your head that not all home improvements add value. Also, get it into your head that should you decide to spend 100 per metre on limestone flooring or 15k on a kitchen you could have wasted up to 75% of your money as you may not get it back when you sell.

Wraparound Extension Photos 3Different styles of properties require different designs when it comes to extending or refurbishing. Just because your large corner settee looked great in your open plan loft apartment doesn’t mean it will look well in a 3 bedroom 1930’s semi.

In effect, what I’m saying is that any kind of major refurbishment, layout change or addition should be carried out with the following considerations.

Budget - Am I refurbishing to sell or to keep? It’s an important consideration here as many home-owners waste many thousands of pounds on home improvements that they can’t possibly recoup when they sell.

Let’s say you had 2 properties. Property 1 had a value of 125k and property 2 had a value of 250k. Now would you really spend the same amount on a new kitchen or double glazing on each property? The answer is that you can but you would be losing money as the value and the location of the property needs to be considered when it comes to major refurbishments.

Design - Would you really add the same style of extension to 2 different properties? Just because you added an extension to one property and it worked really well, don’t go thinking that you will automatically get the same result on another property.

Each property is unique when it comes to designing the perfect home and as such deserves unique consideration rather than a standard bolt-on extension approach.

Interior Design - When it comes to creating new layouts and choosing finishing materials it’s absolutely essential that you do the research to establish what works best with your particular style of property. Bear in mind that at this point you should know if you’re refurbishing to sell within a few years or refurbishing to suit your own taste regardless.

We always advise getting in some specialist help to aid your decision making on whether a loft conversion is worth the effort, whether you should add a conservatory or in fact carry out any major improvements. Talk to your local estate agents if you want to find out if your proposal will add value, make the property more sellable or simply be a waste of money.

Architect - When it comes to layout changes, major refurbishments, extensions or conversions you should always engage the services of a local architect as the first step rather than calling the builders. In many cases builders tend to adopt particular styles and if given an opportunity they will be more than happy to steer you into a design and style that they like rather than a design that works best for your property and circumstance.

You also need to bear in mind that regardless of whether or not your proposals fall within permitted development you will still need drawings for building regulations approval and by drawings I mean technical drawings with sound arguments and calculations for energy saving especially if your design has a lot of glass.

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