We might be in a position to add a single story extension to the house in 6/9months, so i’m just mulling a few things over in my head and looking for thoughts/opinions.
I know i’ll ultimately probably have to go to an architect but just want to get ideas/inspiration in meantime so as not to be swayed towards something the architect wants rather than us.
Anyway house is a 3 bed semi 1100sq ft. Usual layout of living room to front and kitchen diner at back. We knocked the wall between dining room and kitchen when we bought, as we’d never of used formal dining room which we find great (best thing we did).
From quick search image 4 of this house
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shows similar perfectly - we’ve near identical layout with kitchen to left extending out past wall with french doors to right. We’ve a decent garden to play with (50/60ft).
What we are thinking at present is a separate room - a playroom/tv room. That’s what we feel is missing from the house. To us it makes sense to have it separate so we can pull doors on toys/mess (they are 2) at night and as they grow older they’ve a bit more privacy (closed door) rather than the open plan layout.
Any thoughts on separate room v’s open plan? I think we’ve our mind made up but always open to being swayed by personal experience.An obvious concern with the separate room is the darkening of the kitchen dining area left behind - so we’d be looking at some sort of glass internal doors and a velux or two in playroom to throw light in. We are west facing at back so that’s a help in spring/summer/autumn. the architect might help here too.
The next thought is whether we square off back of house (i.e. take the french doors (soon to be internal glass door) out 6 feet to meet kitchen extension) before we add this room. Worth it for extra space it brings? Any building complications to be considered?
Or does it just make more sense to build room on as is? In relation to this the idea would be to gain extra width on this room by building as close to window on current kitchen type extension as possible - as without doing that we’ll be left with very narrow room.
Re boundary wall, my understanding is we’ve to build inside that? So that’s narrowing things. Can you approach neighbour and get something in writing to possibly build on it and them do the same in future?
Any and all thoughts welcome. Thanks
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Pic 7 & 12 seem to show what we’d possibly end up (less all the plas plus a proper roof) with if we don’t square off back.
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Pic 3 & 6 give same idea less internal doors