This is the second in a series of blog posts which seeks to raise the awareness of the impact of house extensions on gardens. We hope that by providing key garden design ideas, homeowners can increase the value of their renovations. In our first post, we discussed ‘how big is the house extension’. We highlighted in what ways the footprint of the house extension can impact on the garden.
When extending your house footprint, make sure you leave comfortable access around the house
This should be at least 1m for pathways and access. The ideal width is 1.2m, and 1.5m if you are likely to need access for those with a disability.
Think about your views from the windows and doors
If you live somewhere hilly and the ground slopes up from the back of the house, then sliding glass doors are likely to look out onto retaining walls or a leaf littered patio. You might find a picture frame window would work well instead, giving you a view out to planting and allowing you to put furniture up to the wall as well. What will an extension will look like through existing windows ‒ e.g. a new porch can disfigure the view through a picture window.
Consider the impact of extending your footprint on circulation from inside to out
Consider level changes from a new door threshold ‒ are you going to have to go steeply up or down? Are you going to have space to comfortably get outside and travel around the house?