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One of the most typical home construction projects is the side return and rear expansion. The millions of terraced homes that make up so
much of our urban environment are ideal candidates for this kind of addition, but side and rear additions must be carefully considered. If
done incorrectly, this ‘improvement’ will not only be disappointing, but it will also harm rather than enhance the light, flow, and quality of
your current space.

1. Do you like to contrast or complement? Whether you have a historic property or not, the age, style, and location of your home will
influence whether you use dramatic design ideas. Adding space is not as straightforward as many people believe, and careful attention to
detail, flow, and usefulness is critical. Whether you stick to classic lines or opt for a totally modern look will be determined by your budget
and lifestyle.

2. Smaller, more subtle areas may also be effective. Concepts should be included in your home expansion design plan. It won’t be
enough to evaluate square footage alone. Don’t be greedy; instead, start creating! From a construction standpoint, an experienced build
team will always advise a client on how to attain maximum aesthetic value and optimum use of space.

3. Use of Natural Light. A successful side return requires bringing light into the whole home, not just the new addition, but also the hallway
and the core of the layout. It’s also important to be inventive with light from above. Installing a side return addition may convert one of the
major rooms into a gloomy cave, making it less useable ” you’ll need to be creative with skylights, rooflights, ceiling levels, and artificial
light to maintain the space’s quality.

4. Ceiling height. A side return addition almost always necessitates the demolition of walls, and there is always the temptation to take the
easy way out and just support the remainder of the structure with a steel beam beneath the joists of the current floor above. This structure
is then boxed in to form a ‘downstand’ ” learn the name and avoid it at all costs, as the trade term goes. Unnecessary beam structures in
your building design may be expensive, and they can also ruin the look of your back expansion.

5. The intersection with the side wall. This is because, despite the removal of the wall, the remaining downstand has a significant effect on
giving the impression of a new huge single space. It separates the room, prevents the flow of space, and gives the impression that the
ceiling is low and heavy. You can work around a downstand if your ceilings are extremely high. However, in almost all cases, spend the
additional money to push the new structure into the depth of the level above and lose it.

6. Make sure the pipes are in good shape. Over the years of retrofitting and updating, the rear of many homes has often become a
spaghetti junction of utilities and plumbing. There are often manholes, waste downpipes, and rainfall downpipes, among other things. One
of the first steps in planning your strategy is to figure out how you’ll modify the plumbing to enable your new addition to shine. Boxed-in
downpipes squeezing already-tight areas, large, unsightly detachable manhole covers smack dab in the centre of a new floor, and
unsightly waste pipes may all detract from an otherwise fantastic addition.

7. Representation In the new area, creating floor-space versus height is a smart approach to make it seem more dramatic. A 3m ceiling
height is only truly useful in single-story additions, but it may make a significant difference in how your new room feels and appears.
Because the perception of space affects the eye, ceiling height may be an appealing feature in resale situations.

8. Taking the proper approach. A well-designed, well-built side return and rear addition can breathe new life into an old house, bringing it
bang up to date for modern living. It, like everything else in construction, has to be well-thought-out, so consult an architect for the basics
before getting carried away with the final touches. Don’t hurry your remodelling project; a well-paced endeavour will always result in a
good conclusion.

9. The appropriate materials. Can tell the difference between a mediocre completed extension and a work that wows! It’s also one of the
most thrilling phases of your project when you’re nearing the end. The appropriate colour palette, textures, and flooring may also help to
create the flow and designer impression that we all adore. In a moment, you can make your house fashionable.

10 Expectations and costs. A well-planned budget is essential for a successful and high-quality construction. If you’re working with a
restricted budget, focus on the structural work first and complete the furnishings afterwards.

All of the aforementioned is included into the project timeline at Luke Lloyd Builders. We make sure our customers don’t get any
unpleasant surprises by keeping expectations reasonable and eliminating extra costs that many construction firms tack on at the last
minute. Before you start your home expansion project, think about your choices. The end result is always a well-planned project!

For all house extension projects in Glasgow and Greater Glasgow, call on the professionals at Luke Lloyd Builders. Click here for more details.