House Extension Design Ideas

House Extension Design Ideas

Article By: Style Plus | February 2017
House Extension Design Ideas

House Extension Design Ideas

Planning your extension

If you are planning a house extension, great! However, you may have no idea where to start and what to consider? To help you along the way, here are a couple of typical questions that an architect or project consultant would ask during the design phase of a project:

• Is your new extension going to be a single or double storey extension?

• What type of cladding are you thinking of using?

• Sliding or bi-fold external doors?

• Are you looking at timber or aluminium joinery?

• What about installing Velux skylights to bring in more natural light?

• Will it include an additional bathroom or is it extend your current living space?

• Do you have a copy of your council property file?

Tip: You can hire an architect to manage all of the design and building consent application process.

Squaretomato Architects

Planning your extension




Open plan living & Indoor | Outdoor flow

Open plan living & Indoor | Outdoor flow

When planning your single level house extension consider the design elements of indoor | outdoor flow. Including this in the design will provide a natural, social, open space.

In general open plan spaces that have the indoor | outdoor flow tend to be designed as a living | kitchen space. At Style Plus our clients love the design of the kitchen and dining spaces just a short walk away from your outdoor living space.





Which Extension Style Suits My House?

Deciding the style of your new house extension is probably the most important design planning decision you will make.

The style you choose will dictate the build cost and appearance. In general, it pays to ensure you are happy with the concept design and it is within your budget. It also has the consequence of increasing the value and desirability of the property.

Which Extension Style Suits My House




Eurostacker® sliding door Eurostacker® sliding door

Windows & Doors

Installing large doors from the living spaces to the deck space is a good way to introduce the indoor | outdoor flow. Ranchslider | sliding doors are an excellent option to open up a living space.

If the new house extension includes new window joinery, there are a few important factors to consider that includes aesthetics, cost, natural light, thermal comfort and ventilation.

For older homes that are weatherboard clad and have timber joinery, there are pros and cons whether to install timber or aluminium joinery. For timber joinery, there is the aesthetic appeal of the weatherboard and timber joinery combination. Timber can also be energy efficient as it can be an excellent natural thermal dampener. With aluminium joinery, the overall maintenance is low and it can be powder coated to many colours to highlight the feature of the windows | doors. Aluminium is also structurally stronger.

• For more information regarding aluminium joinery: Fletcher Aluminium





Cladding & Painting

When the time comes to extend your home you will have the option to keep all of the original cladding on your house and install the same style of cladding to your new extension. If done well, the appearance of the new extension will blend into the house seamlessly.

The choice of weatherboards comes in a variety of materials – from the traditional timber, to fibre-cement weatherboard and composite materials like aluminium or UPVC.

In New Zealand, timber is the classic choice for weatherboards. Timber weatherboards are available in a range of profiles and timber species. Main timber species are radiata pine, macrocarpa and western red cedar. They can be installed by hanging planks horizontally (traditional bevel-back look) or vertically, ‘shiplapped’ to suit the requirements of the new home extension.

Tip: The correct type of cladding will keep your home weathertight and aesthetically pleasing for years to come.

Building a home extension is a good opportunity to paint the whole exterior of your house and give it a new lease on life.

A number of companies supply pre-primed timber weatherboards. Primers range from water-based, solvent-based, dual coats and some are applied with UV curing technology.

Tip: Weatherboards should only be painted when dry and the board is near equilibrium moisture content. As a minimum two top coats of premium low gloss acrylic should be applied.

Resene Paint Systems

Dulux Paint Systems

Cladding & Painting

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