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Choosing the design layout and use of your 2020 home extension or renovation....

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Previously, here on this blog, we highlighted some guidance and consideration from the expert Urbanist Architecture, as to those overall extension options for your consideration, if you, like so many home-owners might be thinking about about a home extension or renovation for 2020.... instead of trying to make a new home move.

We at Mint Builders, here on our beat in Cheltenham and The Cotswolds, are, of course, always available to help guide local home-owners in what their options are and the best most feasible approach to take in order to achieve the extra space needed so that you can put off a home move for now.


A bit of careful thought is what is needed for sure, to assist you to confidently work out the best home extension approach and space choices for you and your family. It is all about being sure the decision you do eventually make is the right one. As Urbanist Architecture say - before you decide what type of home extension you want, it’s a good idea to think about what your home is most missing. Here they suggest  are seven key questions to help you get started:

questions ...questions

Do you need more open-plan living space for the family? Do you need additional bedrooms and utility room Do you need additional bathroom space? Do you want a master bedroom in the loft?Do you need a study or office space? Do you want brighter spaces with more natural light? Do you want the spaces to be more easily accessible?

detail and design

Once you have clarified your need realistically and, with an eye to your budget, hopefully, you should be able to determine what type of extension you want and you can start considering some of the detail and design approach to your extension layout. As you do so you must take close account of your home layout and the added home value potential you might achieve by going ahead with your project.

Extend Instead

At this stage, if you wish you can call up our special Mint ‘Extend Instead’ team - we have re-launched this special initiative for 2020 and we have had an encouraging number of potential enquiries. You can perhaps some of the key questions, which as the Urbanist team suggest are influential and even crucial.


Home extension layouts should always be designed to suit your lifestyle. Families generally require a large, open-plan living and dining room with an extra downstairs WC and a utility room. Sometimes, an additional bedroom or study can certainly also elevate your lifestyle.

hand in hand

Interior design and layouts, as Urbanist re-iterate, surely do go hand in hand and deciding what you like and how it fits into your property will change the entire space. Below, there are some extension layout concept case studies, each corresponding to certain of the questions mentioned above. The case study people ‘names’ are all fictional, but these ‘scene-setters’ certainly stimulate the mind in terms of home extension choice and requirement.  

The Martinsons

In their small two-bed semi-detached house, the Martinsons love to cook and spend time with their two young children. Prior to extending, their kitchen had limited space and did suit their activities. They decided to build a rear extension to provide a large family space where they can cook and relax. With more room, the Martinsons were able to find a little peace and harmony in their day-to-day lives.

The Millers

The Millers are a retired couple who love spending time with their family. As their grandchildren are growing up fast, they wanted to augment their two-bed terraced house with additional bedrooms for sleepovers. They chose a first floor extension above their existing ground floor to provide an additional bedroom. Now, they can comfortably enjoy the company of their grandchildren whenever they choose.

The Watsons

The Watsons needed more space for their family to grow and to address the recurring issue of children taking over the bathroom. An extra bathroom would reduce their daily stress levels and add more space generally so they didn’t feel like they were on top of one another. Once the side extension was constructed, mornings were far less stressful and the family became more cohesive.

Home-owner Ollie

Home owner Ollie had big plans. He no longer wanted to live alone and wanted to invest in his future. So he bought a house and decided to add a bedroom in the loft for himself, using the two existing bedrooms two rent paying housemates. Now, Ollie’s surrounded by new friends, has a gorgeous loft bedroom and is earning a return on his investment.

sounding board

So whatever the home extension or renovation ‘story’ you decide on for 2020 - give it some careful, close thought and, remember too that at Mint are very happy to act as a ‘sounding board’ to help you get right on track. A no obligation Extend Instead planning, review and discussion meeting is yours if you just make contact. Pleased to help you get exactly the right home extension or renovation you need - and good luck!

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home. Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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