More home extension and design plans for your extra space!


A short while ago here on this Blog, we highlighted some thoughts and ideas on home extension designs and plans to gain vital extra space you need in your home from the always informative

We at Mint remain in demand with regard to new extension requests this Spring as moving home becomes a difficult decision for many due to house price issues and the uncertain effects of BREXIT.

extension option

But, even for those taking the extension option instead of moving home, budgets still remain important for sure. For example, suggests, cladding or rendering your extension exterior can work out much more affordable than facing it with brick. Check if any planning issues apply to doing so .

contemporary finish

Such cladding can be ideal for giving an extension a contemporary finish and it can suit both modern homes and period properties. Bear in mind that some cladding materials will need more upkeep and maintenance than others. Check the facts help get the right finish for your extension.

over the garage

Assuming the garage’s existing foundations can take the load, building a room on top is much more cost-effective than building a new extension – plus you won’t be sacrificing garden space to gain a new room.


Check with an engineer or surveyor about structural challenges, and hire a designer and a good builder to ensure that the new room feels like a natural part of the original house inside, and looks like it’s original from outside, too. It is pretty certain building regulations and relating planning permission and issues would both apply.

keep it simple

Also, reports if you’re looking to keep design and build costs down, stick to a simple square or rectangular extension, specify fixed roof-lights rather than large expanses of frame-less glazing or windows that slide open, and plan a patio door opening that will accommodate off-the-shelf doors rather than bespoke designs.


Of course, interior fit out costs can be kept down too. Obviously, you can choose to shop for affordable flooring, lighting and fixtures, such as kitchen units, but planning your project carefully and in great detail before work starts – right down to the position of electrical sockets and lighting controls – and avoiding making changes as you progress will keep costs under control.


Adding a modest conservatory, whether a period-style extension or a more modern build, is a cheap extension idea that gives you year-round living space and that much sought-after indoor-outdoor appeal.


Hiring a design and build company will keep costs predictable, but doing some of the work yourself will save money if you feel you are up able to do so. We at Mint would be able to advise and assist on this. Also, avoid the very small conservatories as they add little or no value to your home. It’s better to choose a mid-priced design, that will add value and offer a space offering good use all year round.

Mint can help you get the affordable extension you want most for your home. Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home and we’ll help with any questions or concerns you have.

Whatever your need request your ‘Extend Instead’ review or quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email