Ground Floor Extension, Drury Rd:  Houses by London Building Renovation

Surprising ways to gain more space in your small home

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If you're trying to find extra space in your small home, there might be a host of amazing ideas you haven't considered yet.

From garden rooms to covered terraces and architect-designed small extensions, we've found some terrific and cost-effective ways for you to welcome valuable extra space into your home. 

Regardless of your budget, or the available room for development, you'll find at least a few ideas that you love and could use as inspiration for your own new room.

Let's take a look!

1. Glass conservatory

 Event venues by Cagis

veranda SOLARIA


Will add extra room, as well as bags of natural light.

2. Retractable electric awning

Makes for a great outdoor dining room.

3. Neat awnings

Even look good when closed!

4. Permanent awning

 Garden  by El Jardín de Ana
El Jardín de Ana

El Jardín de Ana

Can make so much more of a terrace.

5. A flat-roof orangery

Aluminium orangery with bi fold doors:  Conservatory by ROCOCO

Aluminium orangery with bi fold doors


Will open up your home exponentially. Check out the glass roof!

6. Dog-leg extensions

Won't require a huge sacrifice of garden space.

7. Wooden covered terraces

 Garden  by Tende Ravini
Tende Ravini

Isola di Relax nel centro di Sirmione

Tende Ravini

Can be wonderful outdoor seating or dining spaces.

8. Traditionally-styled conservatories

 Dining room by Cagis

veranda PROVENCE


Look great at the back of heritage homes.

9. Small side-return extensions

Marlborough Road - Extension to Single Room:  Living room by Haydn Bennett Chartered Architect
Haydn Bennett Chartered Architect

Marlborough Road—Extension to Single Room

Haydn Bennett Chartered Architect

Add a wealth of indoor room.

10. Dramatic wooden extensions

Rear elevation showing timber extension:  Houses by Neil Dusheiko Architects
Neil Dusheiko Architects

Rear elevation showing timber extension

Neil Dusheiko Architects

Can double your living space!

11. A 'lean-to' extension

Rural extension, Dorset, UK:  Living room by Southpoint

Rural extension, Dorset, UK


Is great for indulgent extra room.

12. Square extensions

Give you all the room you need for a proper dinign room or larger living room.

13. Modern additions

Can blend so well with original properties.

14. Metal framework extensions

 Conservatory by Le Verande srls
Le Verande srls

Sliding patio doors to closure On Winter Garden

Le Verande srls

Look fantatsically contemporary.

15. Covered terraces

 Terrace by JAGRAM-PRO

Pergola adosada


Perfect for al fresco dining and cooking, large covered terraces also look great!

16. Clever extensions

Ashley Road:  Windows  by IQ Glass UK
IQ Glass UK

Ashley Road

IQ Glass UK

Can add a patio area at the same time.

17. Fully glazed rear additions

Barnes, London: Culmax Glass Box Extension:  Windows  by Maxlight

Barnes, London: Culmax Glass Box Extension


Look seamless!

18. A pretty pergola

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by homify



Makes so much more of your garden.

19. Kitchen extensions

Internal photo :  Kitchen by Trombe Ltd
Trombe Ltd

Internal photo

Trombe Ltd

Are becoming really popular and we can see why.

20. A full-width extension

Single Storey Extension Reginald Road - Northwood:  Windows  by London Building Renovation
London Building Renovation

Single Storey Extension Reginald Road—Northwood

London Building Renovation

Will make your ground-floor feel huge.

21. Rustic materials

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by homify



Create such an inviting terrace dining area.

22. A side return extension

Is perfect for traditional terrace houses.

23. L-shaped extensions

FAMILY HOUSE Extension:  Windows  by Caseyfierro Architects
Caseyfierro Architects


Caseyfierro Architects

Are an easy way to gain two extra rooms.

24. Beautiful brick extensions

Add style as well as space.

25. Terrace covers

 Garden  by homify



Can be super stylish and add extra living space.

26. Sloping roof extensions

Tie in with normal houses so well.

27. Seamless brick designs that match a home

Ground Floor Extension, Drury Rd:  Houses by London Building Renovation
London Building Renovation

Ground Floor Extension, Drury Rd

London Building Renovation

Offer the perfect balance of style and space.

28. Small side extensions

Open up critical room indoors.

29. A self-contained party terrace

Is great for summer living!

30. Traditional orangeries

 Conservatory by Cagis

giardino d'inverno per COLTIVAZIONE


Are amazing for adding extra rooms and more light.

31. A wraparound extension

 Terrace by IMAGO DESIGN

Interior design—Glass Cube Padova


Can lead to easy open-plan living.

32. Long pergolas

Increase the pracicality and usability of a generous garden.

33. Glass roof extension

Georgian Conservatory:  Conservatory by Vale Garden Houses
Vale Garden Houses

Georgian Conservatory

Vale Garden Houses

That run the full width of a house increase the natural light no end.

34. Sympathetic extensions

Extensions can be designed to look like part of the original house if you don't want them to be noticeable.

For more extension inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: homify's Extensions of The Year 2016.

Which design would be great for your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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