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Home extension advice and ideas at 'live' shows for 2021?

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

One industry particularly badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis was the exhibition business. We reported on this Blog a little while ago how the September 'Homebuilding and Renovating Show' that was scheduled took place virtually... with people accessing the 'action' on their Laptop sitting in their own lounges!

Well ... spotted this week online was news of the up and coming 2021 Grand Designs Live Shows. These are planned in London in May and Birmingham in October next year. With the news of the vaccine progress,perhaps these shows will indeed actually take place 'live' – time will tell eh?


Linked to the online highlighting of these hopeful exhibition happenings for next year was a comprehensive highly informative storyline from the Houzz organisation on the ins and outs of extending your home during 2021.

stay at home

We have been reporting extensively here on this blog recently how home extensions and refurbishments are in demand for many homeowners in the current difficult 'stay at home' scenario that has been with us most of the year..... and continues ...bringing us all to 'tiers'! We at Mint are certainly finding that home extension and refurbs are very much to the fore for many homeowners looking forward into the year ahead.

good idea

As Houzz highlights extending your home is a good idea – but of course as they say it is vital before you dive in to consider a check of expert advice. The writer of their advice check is Cathy Rebecca and Advisers - along with experts, Robert Maxwell, director of Maxwell & Company Architects Hugo Tugman, founder of Architect Your Home and Jerry Evans, architect and principal of Southpoint


As they say , “Extensions are a great way to improve your home and expand your living area without having to go through the rigmarole of moving house. With space often tight for families across the UK, particularly in our cities, extensions offer a potentially neat solution.

Savvy investment

While they are no light undertakings - they say..... and require a decent amount of capital up front, they can be a savvy investment and may well pay for themselves and more when you come to sell your home. Here, three architects share their expert advice on things you should know about the extension process.”

three extensions types

There are of course three main types of extension found in British cities: the rear extension, the side return extension and the wrapped extension.

A rear extension( the above from 3D Architects) is one that goes across the full width of the property fronting up towards the garden.

awkward space

A side return extension makes use of the awkward space at the side of the rear projection on Victorian and Edwardian homes. (This below from

Some properties may already have a closet wing with a small alleyway on the side of the property. Side return extensions incorporate that alleyway into the property and extend the closet wing to the full width of the property.

two storey

A wrapped extension runs across the side elevation and back of the property and can be either single or two storey. The most common type of extension is a single storey to the rear of the home. Hugo Tugman explains, that Victorian and Edwardian properties can feel very cellular.

By extending out, he says, you can link the areas together and create a bigger, more open space. It can add a great deal of value to the home, make it more pleasant to be in and, if done well, can bring in a lot of daylight. Check back here again for more from the expert Houzz team.

We at Mint Builders are also of course here to help with any questions and ideas relating to the priority planning and organisation of your rear, side return or wrapped extension or other renovation. We have the expert contacts on hand to help ensure your new extension gets sorted without any expensive blunders, issues or problems.

Please request your project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for now and on into this uncertain COVID-19 future of ours. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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