Long gone are the days when home extensions looked like awkward bolt-ons to the main house. These five homes with extensions on Zoopla, reveal how.

A recent report from UK Finance which revealed that more people are taking extra borrowing against their properties when re-mortgaging, has suggested the money could be to fund major home improvements – such as an extension.

Building an extension, after all, is also more straightforward than ever. 

Under Permitted Development rights which the Government made permanent in May 2019, homeowners can build a single-storey extension rear extension of up to eight metres on a detached house and up to six metres on semi-detached and terraces without applying for planning permission – other criteria permitting.

Tempted? These five homes, currently for sale on Zoopla, should provide inspiration.

1. Five-bedroom property in Scone, Perthshire, for £285,000

Extended five-bedroom property in Scone, Perthshire

From the front, this home is a traditional stone-built property. But a substantial two-storey extension at the back has given it a modern twist. The new addition includes a stylish living room with a huge row of bi-fold doors and a master bedroom with a Juliet balcony and an en suite bathroom.

Available via Clyde Property

2. Four-bedroom semi-detached house in Pleasington, Blackburn, for £375,000

Extended four-bedroom semi-detached house in Pleasington, Blackburn

The architect-designed kitchen extension is all about the wow-factor. A once cramped galley style kitchen has been opened up to create space to cook, eat and relax. Large aluminium framed windows lead out onto the garden terrace to help bring the outside in.

Available via Hunters

3. Three-bedroom semi-detached bungalow in Ardingly, Haywards Heath, for £500,000

Extended three-bedroom semi-detached bungalow in Ardingly

This beautifully refurbished semi-detached bungalow boasts a jaw-dropping extension with an arched aluminium roof. It was designed by award-wining architect Will Alsop and appeared on Channel 4’s Ugly House to Lovely House. The impressive space even contains a pantry and a wood burner.

Available via Move Revolution

4. Four-bedroom property in Northfields, London, for £975,000

Extended four-bedroom property in Northfields, London

Space is in short supply in the capital, but this Victorian terrace is the perfect example of how to make the most of it. A loft extension has made room for two large bedrooms and a shower room, while on the ground floor there’s now a 19-ft kitchen and dining room with bi-fold doors.

Available via Robertson Smith & Kempson

5. Five-bedroom detached house in Scout, Marsden, Huddersfield, £2.5m

Extended five-bedroom detached house in Scout, Marsden

The owners of this unique Grade II-listed home went all out when it came to extending the property. A vast two-storey extension with a double height entertainment room and a bespoke kitchen now forms the heart of the home. An abundance of windows offer panoramic views over the Yorkshire countryside.

Available via Yorkshire's Finest Holmfirth

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