18 March 2021
Planning permission secured for another extension project in Oxford! This simple two-storey side extension turns what was a typical 3-bedroom (more like 2.5 bedroom) semi into a 4-double-bedroom family home. One of the bedrooms will have a mezzanine play area, making the most of the vaulted ceiling space within the new roof, which would otherwise have been more loft space. Meanwhile, additional living and home office space have been created at ground floor level.
Often, the planners will not approve two-storey side extensions for semi-detached houses. Or if they do, they will ask that the upper storey is set back to maintain the prominence of the width of the original house, and thus the local urban grain. However, it will depend on what’s been approved and built historically, as this particular street had a number of properties that had been extended in this flush manner. This made it much easier to justify the design and gain an approval.
This extension not only adds more space, but maximises south sun to the rear, while the porch creates a thermal buffer to the main house. Talk to us if you’d like to do something similar to your property.