When Sue and Mark Regan bought their four-bed detached home in Bristol, they knew they wanted to add a single-storey extension.

“The kitchen and dining room were at the back with a single-skin utility room of some 2.5m x 1.5m tacked onto the end of the kitchen,” says Sue. “As our garden is about 24m long there was easily enough space to extend further into it.

The couple enlisted the aid of Elke Dittrich of DHV Architects to develop their ideas. The resulting extension, built in blockwork, was completed in 14 weeks by Elite Design & Build.

Project Notes

  • Build time: 14 weeks
  • Extension size: 31m²
  • Build cost: £81,600
  • Location: Bristol

open-plan-kitchen-diner-extension-with-rooflightThe Masterclass kitchen features granite worktops and cost £15,397, excluding the Bosch and Neff appliances

The family remained living in the property while the extension was being built, but being without a kitchen wasn’t always easy. “The kitchen was inaccessible so the builders rigged up a microwave and a dishwasher in the hall while the washing machine was plumbed into the garage,” says Sue.


In addition to extending out, the builders removed a wall between the existing kitchen and breakfast room to create one big open plan area


This space opens out onto level decking. The glazing, including the rooflight, cost £12,000


“The extension is almost full width,” says architect Elke Dittrich, “but we were advised to set it back by about a metre to minimise the impact on the neighbours. I thought this extra glazed panel would bring in lots of light to the existing house”


Creating a Connection with the Garden

An important part of the design brief was to connect the extension with the garden; the house previously felt disconnected from its outdoor space.

Bifold doors were designed in to achieve this. “Having so much glass really makes you feel connected to the greenery outside,” says Sue.


The extension has provided a spacious kitchen diner and living area. It also lends kerb appeal to the rear of the house


The existing house previously lacked connection with the garden and featured a small, dated single-storey extension

“We had to raise the floor of the extension to be level with the rest of the house,” Sue continues. “Previously there was one step down from the utility room into the garden and two big steps down from the dining room.”

The new extension now opens to a raised decked area, which is perfect for entertaining and outdoor dining.

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