I am planning to extend a 1960’s Gable ended Bungalow. The height to
the roof of the Bungalow is just over 4m at a 30 degree angle. Ideally
I would like to make the extension the same height elongating the
Bungalow but when researching Extensions most seem to drop a metre and
have a step in the roof height however this would reduce the ceiling
So what are the problems of extending the existing Gable end roof at
the same height?
Any advice appreciated
On Sat, 31 Jan 2009 02:22:09 -0800 (PST), a certain chimpanzee, BusaC
Often the reason extensions as you describe are lower is due to
planning constraints. To avoid terracing (if all houses were extended,
a row of semis would end up looking like a terrace), they ask for the
extensions to be set back, usually by a metre. This has the knock-on
effect of reducing the ridge height if you keep the roof pitches the
It may sound obvious, but check with Planning as to what would be
"If no-one on the internet wants a piece of this,
We had our house extended - it's a 2-storey L-shaped semi - by extending
the gable-ended end of the 'L'.. the roof line just continued on from
the old one, and since we used reclaimed tiles you can't even tell where
the new bit starts (except by looking at the length of next door's 'L'!
So other than what Hugo's already said at about local planning
constraints, I can't see any particular problem.
TBH it would be "don't do it! move house instead" but that's just my
jaundiced view after a bad experience - I actually thought it would be
less aggro than moving home. But first and foremost don't use my
f****ing builder! He went bust while building my extension.
Other than that - hard to be specific really.. pick a builder you reckon
you can trust and get on with rather than going with the lowest quote;
agree terms and payments up front and definitely make sure your payments
don't get ahead of the value of the oustanding work; have a really
detailed specification of what work will be done to avoid
'misunderstandings' later on; if (or rather when) you deviate from the
agreed plan make sure you agree any budget implications in advance...
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