Rear extensions London architect guide

Inspiration and ideas

House and flat rear extensions are also about establishing a better relationship with the garden and this is something we always keep in mind when starting with your project.

Victorian houses used to have their utility areas at the back of the house and as a result the garden is often cut off from the main living areas and this is something we will look to address during the design development stage. Because an architect designed rear house extension needs to be the sum of a variety of considerations, a response to the client brief, cost and quality requirements. 

For this Rear extensions London architect guide we have selected some projects to lend architectural inspiration and design ideas for your rear extension.

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Architect designed Kilburn Brent NW2 kitchen house extension Kitchen 200x200 Rear extensions London | Home design
Architect designed house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 View inside out 200x200 Rear extensions London | Home design
2. Architect designed Putney Wandsworth SW6 kitchen house extension Finishes and materials 1 Rear extensions London | Home design
Architect designed house extension Highbury Islington N5 Dinning and living areas Rear extensions London | Home design
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Architect designed house extension Grange Park Enfield N21 Outside view Rear extensions London | Home design

Rear extensions London architect guide – Design aspirations and key considerations

Modern lifestyles and family living require that a visual and spatial connection is established between the kitchen, dining, and living areas, and the rear part of the house. When designing a rear extension an architect will try to open up the back wall, create long sightlines through spaces, establish views, and curve circulation paths between the internal and external spaces.

We will talk to you about what is important, and try to get a sense of how you would like to live, work, and play in your new environment. So, it is worth thinking about how you currently use your space, and how you would like to use any new space you choose to add.

During the design development stage we will get to explore lots of ideas but you can start the process now by considering answers to questions as such:

  • “Would an open plan layout work for us or would we prefer the kitchen area separate from the rest of the living areas? Which areas are best left enclosed and which spaces can we open up?”
  • “Should the kitchen area, the dining area, or the seating area be nearest to the rear garden? How does the sun move from dawn to dusk around the rear of the property, and how can we have best access to natural light?”
  • “What is the feel we look to achieve with regards to natural light? Should we keep the amount of roof glazing to a minimum which will make the rear garden appear more spectacular (Theatre stage effect)? Or should we go for lots of roof glazing to create an outdoor effect? Where should the cosy areas be?”
  • “How can we improve the garden and how can we blend the views from inside out and outside in when it comes to floor and wall finishes? What’s lacking in my relationship to my garden, and how do I want to use my outdoor space in the future?”
  • “How will the family use the new space and how will it work in harmony with the adjacent living areas? Do we need overlapping family space as part of the new rear extension, a study or tv corner, and how will the circulation flow work for us?”

Rear extensions London architect guide – Types and options for your home project

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Angel Islington N1 Listed House rear extension by GOAStudio London residential architecture – Garden view

 

In pure design terms there are two main choices when considering a rear extension. The geometry of the extension, the amount of space added, the use of the internal spaces and how they connect to the garden area will all depend on the particular requirements of the occupiers. As a starting point though, and in design terms, we can define rear extensions as follows:

Traditional rear extension | A design that is in-keeping with the character of the existing house or flat, for example Georgian or Victorian.

Contemporary rear extension | A fresh addition that establishes a dialogue between tradition and modernity, and it reflects contemporary aspects of construction and design.

Variations on these two types of extension will depend on the specific character of the property, the design brief, and the architect’s consideration of any relevant construction, planning, or other restrictions. No two properties are exactly the identical, and no two projects are the same when it comes to considering the individual preferences of every home owner.

GOAStudio London residential architecture media opinion publications 2 Rear extensions London | Home design

iBuild magazine – Impressive renovation case study – South Hampstead residential house extension – February 2024

"GOAStudio's renovation and extension project in South Hampstead stands as a testament to the delicate art of preserving history while embracing the demands of contemporary living." This month our South Hampstead residential house extension and refurbishment project...

The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

"As the inflation rate has started to fall and mortgage rates have drifted down, George Omalianakis, of GOAStudio London architects, says the appetite for renovations has started to creep up. “Homeowners are deciding that the future looks a bit better now and it is...

Ideal Home | Kitchen extension cost – what to budget for a new and large room

You want to land on an extension size that is just large enough to meet your internal needs. Going beyond this would be a waste of money. 'You will discover the right size by playing around with a few plans and layouts to see how best you can organise the internal...

Country Living – 9no. kitchen flooring ideas for a refreshed look. Tips and ideas by George Omalianakis, GOAStudio

9 kitchen flooring ideas for a refreshed look - Plus advice on practical choices for busy spaces, upcycling your existing tiles and how to pick underfloor heating. Article by Jayne Dowle, Country Living "The biggest trend of all in kitchen flooring in 2023 will be...

Homebuilding & Renovating | How much value does a loft conversion add

How much value does a loft conversion add? "The typical value added can be around 10% to 20% if creating a new bedroom and ensuite with a loft conversion, explains architect George Omalianakis from GOAStudio architects. He adds that the value increase will depend on...

Build It magazine | Lighting for kitchen diner extensions

"In general, there are two main impressions you can create with natural light. The theatre stage effect plays with the contrast between the lighter and darker areas, meaning less is more when it comes to rooflights. By reducing the amount of overhead light coming in,...

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Rear house extension ideas photo gallery

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Householder planning permission. Haringey Noel Park Conservation Area.

Addition of a single storey rear extension and internal alterations to a single family dwelling in N22, Haringey.Area and context The site is a two-storey terrace dwellinghouse on the south side of Maurice Avenue. The property is located within the Noel Park...

Bromley BR3 house extension planning approval

Single storey rear extension and alterations to a house at Bromley BR3 - Approval by GOAStudio London residential architecture We have just obtained a planning approval for one of our current projects in Bromley BR3. For our latest Bromley BR3 house extension planning...

New planning approval Rear garden flat extension Westminster NW6

Planning approval for the addition of a single storey rear extension to a garden flat in Westminster, NW6. To include the replacement of windows to the front elevation. The new planning approval for a rear garden flat extension Westminster NW6 was issued by the...

New planning approval Conservation Area Waltham Forest E17

Planning approval Conservation Area Waltham Forest E17. To include the replacement of three timber windows to front and one timber window to rear with heritage uPVC double glazed windows - Orford Road Conservation Area, Waltham Forest in September 2022. The new...

New planning approval Rear house extension Enfield N21

Rear house extension Enfield N21 - We were appointed to design the renovations and extensions for a single family dwelling in a conservation area at Enfield N21. We have just obtained planning approval for a single storey rear ground floor extension to create a...

New planning approval rear house extension Barnet EN4

Rear house extension Barnet EN4 - We were appointed to design the renovations and the addition of a rear extension for a single family dwelling at Barnet EN4. We have just obtained planning approval for a single storey rear ground floor extension to create a combined...

New planning approval | House extensions Ealing W3

House extensions Ealing W3 - We were appointed to design the renovations and extensions for a single family dwelling at Ealing W3. We have just obtained planning approval for a single storey rear ground floor extension to create a combined kitchen, dining and living...

New planning approval | Double rear extension Tower Hamlets E1

Double rear extension Tower Hamlets E1 - We proposed and obtained approval for the addition of a double storey rear extension to a ground floor maisonette flat; the planning approval included the creation of an external terraced area and associated internal and...

New planning approval | Rear house extension Enfield EN2

Rear house extension Enfield EN2 - We proposed the addition of a 4m. deep rear extension to create an enlarged kitchen and dining area that opens up to the rear garden. We made sure that the proposal could be considered as Permitted Development and we applied to...

New planning approval | Single storey front side house extension Barnet N2

New planning approval | Single storey front side house extension Barnet N2; to include internal alterations to create a new bedroom.

Let's chat

If you need expert advice from an RIBA Chartered Architect please email us at george@goastudio.co.uk with the following:

  • the full address of your property,
  • a couple of photographs showing the areas you would like to extend and renovate,
  • a brief description of the changes you would like to carry out to your home, and
  • any estate agent or similar plans you might have available.

We will

  • assess the information and get back to you with initial advice about what might be feasible,
  • search the public planning records of your local authority to find similar planning approvals nearby,
  • prepare a free consultation to include information on design ideas, architectural fee estimates, project stages and requirements, and
  • afterwards we will prepare a detailed fixed fee proposal to cover the architectural services you will need for your project.

We are here to assist with your project.

Introducing GOAStudio London residential architecture limited

“George Omalianakis Architecture Studio – GOAStudio London residential architecture” was set up in 2009 to provide architectural services and assist home owners with their residential projects across London.

George Omalianakis is a multi-award winning chartered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), registered with the  Architects Registration Board (ARB), and has extensive experience in working on a variety of residential, commercial and educational sectors.

Which? magazine residential expert and contributor. Ideal Home magazine residential expert and contributor. Member of the Green Register of Construction professionals.

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