Side extensions: Expert advice for building and planning a sideways move

white cottage with grey clad modern side extension
(Image credit: Charlie O'Beirne)

Side extensions can be a fantastic way to increase the footprint of an existing house, often without taking up too much garden space. They can also transform the kerb appeal of a home, particularly when combined with recladding the existing house.

There are many factors which can influence where to build your new house extension. From budget and space, to personal taste and the existing house — every home improvement project is unique. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.