Single storey extensions are a very popular way to improve your living space and increase the value of your home. One of the most common and increasingly popular reasons is to create an open plan kitchen / diner. Not only does it create a great social space for the family to congregate, but it’s great for entertaining.

You can also use single storey extensions to increase your living room space or create a dedicated home office. Other practical uses might be for a utility room, a downstairs bathroom, a craft room or a home gym.

Rear view of a flat roof property extension with black frame patio doors, leading out to lawn and a enclosed walled garden.
Kitchen extension with dark grey shaker style units. tiled floor and black patio door frames leading out to garden.

Architectural Designs

Whatever your reasons for wanting an extension, we can help you to design your perfect space. By surveying your land and your property, we will work out the best way structurally to achieve your requirements. We’ll also design your extension to harmonise with the style of your house, whilst maximising the amount of natural light.

Planning Applications

Part of the process is to determine if Planning permission is necessary, or if your extension can be built within Permitted Development limits. With single storey extensions it is often possible under permitted development rights. In which case, planning consent is not necessary, but we usually recommend applying for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

There are several factors that can affect the requirement for planning approval on single storey extensions. For example, the height and width of the extension and the proximity to your neighbour’s property. If you live in a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding beauty, then planning permission is a requirement.

A busy family open-plan kitchen-diner in a newly built rear single storey extension.
Steel frame kitchen extension to a brick Victorian house.

Structural Engineer Drawings

An essential part of any extension where supporting walls are being removed or altered is the structural engineers drawings & calculations. These ensure that the extension will be built using the correct sized beams and connections which ensure that the new works are structurally sound. It must also be able to support the existing building and any floors above it.

Building Regulations

Any building works must comply with the Building Regulations. The Regulations ensure that your works are carried out to safe structural standards & minimum standards for such aspects as heat loss etc. They also include, such aspects as protection against damp, fire protection, drainage, ventilation, staircases and glazing etc. Electrical wiring, heat producing appliances etc are also covered but often by installer certification. As with planning approval and structural drawings, we can help to ensure that building regulations have been met.

Kitchen extension with 3 Velux windows, breakfast bar with chairs, wooden flooring and patio doors leading out to rear garden.
Open plan kitchen with breakfast bar, shaker style units and tiled flooring.

Single Storey Extensions in Chichester

Single storey extensions are most commonly added to the rear of a property leading out to the garden. However, they can also be added to the side, or even both, if you have a wrap-around extension. You may opt for a conservatory or an orangery depending on the orientation of your house.

So, if you are thinking about extending your home, we would love the opportunity to speak with you. We have many years of experience in the construction industry and can help you to realise your dream. We are based in Chichester but work on projects throughout Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire.

Get in touch today by calling us on 07764 578781 or sending us a message.