Make the most of that unused side return with an extension that revolutionises the way you live. Turn an unutilised area into a useful place without eating into your outdoor greenery. Always wanted a big, open-plan kitchen diner? Seamless connection into the garden? It’s yours. And you don’t have to move house. By adding extra square footage to your property, you benefit from greater living space and add value should you eventually decide to sell.
Average cost of side return extension
Naturally, the best way to keep prices down is restricting the amount of building work. So, how can you calculate an approximate total for your small side return extension cost?
Work out how many square metres you want to add
Multiply that figure by £1,500-£2,500
This range in price is down to different finishes, with a high-spec costing more.
Side return extension plans
When thinking about the project, you’ll want to consider various aspects:
Purpose of new space
Which construction company
Your plans should include a timeline of what you want to happen and when. Bear in mind that the best building firms might have a longer lead time, but quality is typically worth the wait. Ask around for recommendations, research companies nearby, and contact your favourites to ask for advice and a quote.
Factors to take into consideration
It’s exciting to imagine a whole new space for your home, but it can also be daunting. That’s why it’s worth taking time to think about what you want to achieve, and how to get the desired result.
By putting in the legwork with your plans, you’ll save time and money in the long-run.
Consult this list of goals, and the methods for reaching each outcome:
More light: extra glass, big windows, bifold doors, roof lanterns
More space: supporting beams/posts instead of load-bearing walls
More inside/outside integration: bifolds, patios, step-free level access
More family time: stud walls, small cosy spaces, movie room
More organisation: storage solutions, shelving, hidden cupboards, utility nooks
More ‘me’ time: creative studio, hobby workshop, quiet reading corner
More work/life separation: dedicated office, equipment storage
Why choose Fittra Construction for your side return extension
Fittra has more than 10 years experience working with happy customers, helping realise dreams within budget. From the initial design phase to the finishing touches, our internal team and specialist experts are dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Choose us and expect:
The work that Fittra did for me was a full house renovation – this did not include any new build or extension work but it did include moving a number of internal load bearing walls and extending external openings to install large sliding doors. The work was reasonably complex structurally as the upper floor is steel beam and concrete block construction. Externally all windows and doors were changed, guttering and fascias were changed and a new tiled deck constructed to give an outside/inside feel. Internally, walls were moved, new door openings created or widened to give a modern open plan look and feel.Read More
“Fittra completed a rear extension, loft conversion and full refurbishment of our house in Ealing late last year. This included new bathrooms, heating system (including underfloor heating), electrics and plumbing. When obtaining quotes, Fittra’s prices were in the middle of the three companies who came back to us with costs, but the fact that it was fully itemised (unlike the other costs we received) gave us piece of mind that we knew exactly what we were getting for our money. “Read More
“Can’t speak highly enough of Fittra and the job they did. They completed a rear extension, side return and loft extension and pretty much a full refurbishment of our house and garden in SW London. They not only did an incredible job, but they were also great to work with too. Vadym and Ivan’s team were incredibly efficient and hardworking and really amenable and collaborative. I have recommended them to a few friends subsequently, and will continue to do so.”
Team at Fittra possesses all the attributes necessary to be an excellent contractor: they know their market extremely well; they are diligent, responsive, and yet very understanding with their clients. They are very professional and offer cost saving alternatives when possible. The thing that has impressed me the most is the professionalism, knowledge and helpfulness of all the workers.
“We did our house fully renovation last year July 2019 – December 2019 with Fittra. We are very pleased with the results – our new kitchen (rear extension with lantern roof light), loft conversion, hardwood flooring, underfloor heating, tiling and etc.. Ivan and his team are truly professional. They finished the job with timely manner and customer satisfaction. Their breakdown quotes are easy to understand and easy to work with. We are highly recommended for Ivan, Igor and the team. Great job!!!”
This beautiful renovation features a bespoke wooden staircase with low level wall lights, designed by the client. They match the cedar fencing in the garden, which also has matching storage cupboards and a special pizza-making area. A naturally lit home office sits on the top floor, designed with a touch of minimalism, similar to the […]
The client on this project is a designer and a project manager, so working together produced very unique and exciting results. Many of the refurbishment’s features were designed by the client, such as the artistic wallpaper and the bespoke joinery package, which was implemented by our experienced joiner. The client was inspired by certain ideas […]
The property was completely rebranded with organic and rustic designs, infiltrated with contemporary features. A full refurbishment, rear extension and L-shaped dormer transformed this house. All the natural light you can see in the rear extension is thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and aluminium skylights. As for comfort, there are walk in showers, wet underfloor […]
This refurbishment project was absolutely thrilling to accomplish, with a solid team of interior designers and a delightful, intelligible client. Although the 1980s house was structurally complex, with heavy concrete planks in the original structure, as opposed to traditional wood, our team managed to support the existing structures and integrate new features to modernise the […]
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The client chose us for this Wandsworth property to complete a house renovation, an L-shape dormer loft conversion as well as a wraparound ground floor extension. Open plan kitchen was created to maximise the living space and modern design gave it a gorgeous look. Our team added new sky lights over the kitchen island to […]
We provided design, engineering, construction and project management on this exciting renovation in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The project consisted of a two-storey extension, a brand new, bespoke open plan kitchen; new windows throughout, a new bathroom, stairway, complete plumbing and electrical, and enhanced lighting throughout and a rear-facing bay window.
We completed this substantial and ambitious new build in march 2019. With a large rear garden and extensive parking, the home makes perfect use of its natural space. A bespoke kitchen, with direct access to the garden, is one of the home’s standout features, as are the luxury bathrooms. The first floor features three spacious […]
This project includes a spectacular kitchen installation with a new dining and living area, which is as modern as it is welcoming in its design. We paid close attention to the layout to achieve a spacious, crisp and immaculate area. During the heat of lockdown, the client expressed concerns over staying safe from COVID-19, so […]
The client decided on full renovation of this detached bungalow. Our team built a rear extension with lantern roof light and converted the attic into the living space. They also added 2 new bathrooms to the property, installed underfloor heating throughout the house, changed the entire plumbing and rewired all electric systems. During the final […]
We recently completed the full refurbishment of this stunning home in Acton, West London. The extensive project included a brand new open plan kitchen with natural light coming from a huge bespokely designed skylight. The project also included a new loft dormer, a completely new roof, two bathrooms, brand new electrics and a state-of-the-art […]
A side return extension is typically carried out in the kitchen area or at the back of the house. The side return – the pathway that runs alongside the ground floor of your home – makes the perfect space on which to build the extension. Hence the name side return extensions.
For all large scale home improvement projects, we always recommend you bring an architect on board. Many people baulk at this extra expense, but the benefits of this professional, we believe, make them a great investment.
Unlike a rear extension, side returns help conserve garden space. As one of the more cost effective extension types, although some garden space may be sacrificed, a good side return extension can improve the indoor-outdoor connection and enhance your living space.