A house Extension to an "L" shaped house with a hip roof
Here is a house extension question from Stephen N. who lives in Sydney.
I really don't have a lot to offer here, as this type of house extension is always hard to do so that it looks good, without being very expensive. I have seen many roofs put over these areas, almost flat, out of perspex or corrugated. All of the ones I have seen though are purely a simple roof for a patio, or outdoor sitting area. As soon as it becomes used for a habitable room, with floor height above ground level, min. ceiling heights etc. it becomes less than simple.
Another house extension option, which could solve the problem is to go up. That is to build a split level addition. I've done a couple of these, two new bedrooms upstairs frees up a lot of living area on the ground floor, without increasing the footprint of the house at all. This gives a lot more freedom with the layout and the potential to really add a lot of value to a modest house. It comes at extra cost though.
None of the above examples are very pretty. They don't comply with my house extension philosophy of making it "look like it grew there". The only one that comes close at a reasonable cost is the first example with the box gutter. So I have had a rethink and done another page on the subject here.
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