We have just completed Building Control extension designs for our client’s double-storey extension in Leigh Rd, Hindley Green, Wigan.  The dwelling is a 1950’s terraced house and is situated at the end of the block facing a main road. As with most terraces, the main features consist of high ceilings, detailed brickwork, and small back gardens. However, our client’s garden had enough space to enable us to design a large extension that could project out to the side and rear to maximise the property’s value.

The Brief.

Our brief was to increase the size of the bedrooms as our client’s not-so-small children were becoming older and they had outgrown the existing house. In addition, they required an office/study space that could be used flexibly either for home-working or their children’s studies. As well as this, our clients wished to make the kitchen bigger because their existing kitchen was too compact with very little storage space.  

Ground Floor


As you can see, the kitchen is now large and open with enough space to accommodate seating and dining space to host guests and enjoy family meals. Access to the new kitchen was made by opening up the existing gable wall with 2No. Structural steel beams: this facilitated the open-plan feel the clients desired along with access to the dining area. 

The new kitchen now incorporates a new utility and a much-desired downstairs W.C. It is worth noting, we always advise on shutting the noisy washing machine and dryer off into its own utility room so that it drowns out any noise from the appliances. We have also allowed and maintained access from the kitchen to the garden with a new personnel door perfect for the summer months.

First Floor


The First Floor now has an extra bedroom which will be probably used for a home office/study space. This kind of space is becoming more in demand with more and more people now working from home. The new master bedroom is very spacious, perfect for built-in wardrobes and dressing table area. Plus, it has its own much-needed en-suite bathroom to free our clients from the morning battle of the main bathroom!

Our thoughts

The best approach when planning a two-storey extension is to always have the overall build cost in mind. Careful considerations need to be taken in the planning stage so as not to get carried away with unaffordable kitchens, lighting, finishes, etc. Underline and prioritise what your necessities are, then write down your wish list. Try and factor in every element into the final estimated cost. This approach ensures costs don’t run away from you and that you are always in control of your budget.

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If you have a similar project to our “Double Storey Extension” project, feel free to get in touch for a brief chat, Athtech Designs are here to help.

Email: athtechdesigns@gmail.com

Tel: 07897 595656