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Considering a home extension or renovation - informative observations to help and guide perhaps?

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Last time on our blog, we highlighted a range of home extension trends and impressive ideas from the always well-informed, Homebuilding&Renovating organisation. Following on from that most informative presentation, just the other day online, we ran across the team from

They, like the Homebuilding&Renovating experts, were also presenting some good observations, ideas and guidance on home projects, which seemed worth reviewing, absorbing and appreciating.

tracking inspiration

So, if you are in and around Cheltenham and Gloucestershire and tracking ideas and inspiration for a future home renovation or extension project at your home, in the not too distant future, it just might be worth dropping in on this creative ‘team’. They are .available online here at They are billed as ………your guide for extending your home’…….they are very much worth a check to see what they have to say,….that’s for sure!

varied topics

The team, in their presentation, covered a range of varied topics, linked to all types of home projects, extensions, renovations…and so on. One area of discussion highlighted, was the quite often challenging scenario of adding a contemporary style extension to a traditionally built home.

interchangeable - but different

Ponder the myhomeextension team …What does contemporary mean, exactly? The dictionary definition is “belonging to or occurring in the present.” In architecture, contemporary and modern are sometimes used interchangeably…. but they are different.

traditional materials

Modern or modernist architecture emerged in the 1920s as a new, experimental architecture. Traditional materials of stone, brick and wood made way for steel, concrete and glass. Inspired by Modernist principles, meant that architects embraced minimalism and rejected ornamentation. If you like….. “form followed function”…..

built today

Meanwhile contemporary architecture is what is being built today. Think geometric simplicity; flat, often overhanging roofs; prominent use of natural materials, such as wood, metal and stone; large expanses of glass and bright, open interiors and a connection with nature.

five examples

Continuing this informative, well-considered expert presentation, the team presented five extension examples. They are designed by the AR Design Studio, who are a contemporary architect business.

reflect its time

Adds the AR Design company founder, Andy Remus “Architecture, like all art forms, should reflect its time. We use the latest materials and technology whether glazing or eco-technology.”

key element

Flat, often overhanging roofs are a key element in contemporary architecture. Adds Andy Remus: “For me it’s whether we need something or not. In the past, we needed pitched roofs to keep rainwater out, but I don’t think we do anymore…. because flat roofs now do that job.

making things simpler

Any sort of decoration or embellishment on an elevation is not required, so these can readily go. It’s all about making things simpler and, in my view, stronger, says Mr Remus.

Image supplied by AR Design Studio, photographer, Martin Gardner

This example in question shows how a contemporary two-storey extension has transformed a 1950s house into a bright, and spacious home. The owners wanted two extra bedrooms for their growing family, but, also, wanted to have a large, open plan living space with a good connection to the garden.

visit further

For more inspiration, bright ideas and most informed extension thoughts and examples, it’s a good move to visit further here………… . Enjoy!

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to your new home project and plans, whatever they may be. We can assist with your 2023 and 2024 home renovation priority planning and project organisation of all kinds.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more energy saving ‘liveability’ and vital increased future protective money-making ‘added sales value’, never more vital than now. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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