Extend The Kitchen
Potential Value Added: 15%
“Creat a sociable space for dining, enteraining and food preparation”.
A side return is a narrow alley that runs adjacent to the kitchen in a typical terraced or semi-detached house. Extending the kitchen into the side return and to the full width of the rest of the house means you gain valuable space and can also improve the layout. A single-storey side-return extension will usually be classed as a permitted development, provided you meet certain limits and conditions.
For example, it must be no more than 4m high and no wider than half the width of the original house. You will still have to comply with building regulations, and work will be inspected at key stages of the build, either by the local authority building department or by an approved independent inspector.
Once your extension is finished, and presuming it is deemed to comply with the regulations, you will be given a completion certificate. If you are thinking about a side-return extension, remember that you could lose windows and the light they would bring in. Roof lights over the extension will fix this, or you could install a partially or fully glazed roof to keep the space light and airy.
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