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Ideas from experts to perhaps inspire your up and coming home extension or renovation.

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Recently on our home extension and renovation Mint Builders blog, we have been  highlighting a range of home extension trends and impressive ideas from the innovative, and well-informed team from

extension challenges

As an organisation, they are, for sure, creative and most informative. They understand extension and  renovation challenges and are very much experts in their field. They offer and  present some most original observations and  creative guidance on various types of home extension projects, which might just perhaps

inspire your own project.


Their blog is very much worth reviewing as you consider aspects of your up and coming project. Their thoughts and ideas are absorbing and may surely fire-up some creativity and ideas that may have a part to play in your project planning, so go here for more...

varied topics

The team, in their presentations, cover a range of varied topics, linked to all types of home projects. An area of discussion highlighted, that was surely eye-catching, was the challenging scenario of adding a contemporary style extension to a traditionally-built home.

The extension in question was being added to an 18th century, Grade II listed house in a conservation area. The AR Design Studio, (the organisation behind,) pointed out that a sensitive approach was needed in terms of the design of the extension, for it to be the most appropriate for a stylish, listed home. The goal was to meet the requirements, not only of the owners and planners, but also conservation officers too.

full height glazing

Explain the experts, the extension developed in this case, provided a bright, open-plan kitchen-dining space with full-height glazing, opening to the garden. Floating above is an elegant steel profiled roof, providing shading to the rear and a covered porch to the relocated front door.

clear distinction

The selected material palette (timber, steel roof and grey brick) was deliberately chosen to contrast with the original house, ensuring a clear distinction, and a highly appropriate presentation effect between the new and historic elements of the home.

Traditional vs contemporary

In the past, explain the team, local planning authorities usually preferred an extension to match as closely as possible to the original house. While this can result in sympathetic, seamless additions, the pendulum has now swung the other way…. . did you know that?

complete contrast

For the last decade or so, they say, planning officers may favour a design that creates a complete contrast to the existing building. When designing an extension that is distinctly different to the original, it doesn’t have to be ‘wild or whacky’…. So, says the most understanding, innovative team.

subtle ‘nods’

Says business, founder, and architect Andy Remus “I don’t think bolting a spaceship to a thatched cottage is a good idea. The approach that we take is something that looks different and modern, but gives subtle nods to the existing building, for example by using similar materials, roof pitch or shape.  

original building

Adds Andy, “We try to find the essence of the original building – materials, geometry, or massing - and subtly inject that into the new.”

extension ideas

So, see guiding ideas and comments on numerous varied extension designs and idea here….… doing so, just might motivate and inspire some special ideas for your own project. Good luck!

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to your new home project and plans, whatever type of home you have and whatever your required renovation or extension project may be.

We can assist with ALL your 2023 and 2024  home renovation priority planning and project organisation of all kinds. We know just how to help you make your project happen.... and so earn you vital ‘added price’ value for your home too!

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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