Five flooring options for your extension

flooring options for your extension

If you are having an extension built, then what you plan on using the extra space for will influence the kind of flooring you choose. Whether you are building a kitchen, dining room, living room or all three in one open plan setting, here are some flooring ideas to get you inspired.

Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is becoming more popular in the UK. Not only does it make your feet feel all warm and toasty, but it’s an efficient way to heat your home. Underfloor heating is also highly versatile and can lie underneath a number of different types of flooring such as stone, ceramic, terracotta, timber, some laminates and even carpet.

Wood and laminate flooring

Wooden flooring or laminate is one the most versatile flooring materials there is. It brings a warm and natural feel to any setting. There are four different types of timber flooring; solid wood, reclaimed timber, multi-layered or engineered wood and laminate flooring. Solid wood and reclaimed timber is the hardest wearing and can be sanded down every five to seven years. Good quality, multi-layered or engineered wood should be able to withstand a sanding or two if it gets damaged, but if laminate flooring is scratched, chipped or damaged in any way, it will have to be replaced. If choosing laminate flooring, then pick out high-quality boards that are scratch resistant.


Tiles are ideal for kitchen extensions and for anyone wishing to use their extra space to create an indoor/outdoor area. Tiles come in many forms such as natural stone, terracotta and ceramic. They are practical and hard wearing but they are also beautiful and can be full of texture. If you are creating one large open plan living space, then using tiles can be a great way to define space.

flooring options for your extension

Polished Concrete

When you think of concrete, flooring probably does not pop to mind. However, for those who want to add a contemporary edge to their extension design and something that is hard wearing, polished concrete flooring can be a great option. Coming in many colours and textures, concrete flooring can be used with underfloor heating. Other benefits include: that it improves with age, will not harbour dust mites and produces a neutral backdrop for interior design.


Several newspapers and magazines have declared that carpets are back! Even property queen, Sarah Beany, is recommending house sellers to carpet their homes. One of the reasons leading to this trend is the rising cost of fuel – carpets are of course warmer under foot. If you do choose a carpet for your extension, make sure it’s hard wearing and there is a suitable door mat at the entrance.

If you would like to create more space for you and your family with an extension then contact Simply Extend for a Free Site Survey!

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Utility room ideas: What you need to know

utility room ideas

Utility rooms are fast becoming seen as an essential part of modern living. These practical and serviceable spaces offer a place to hide some of the more unsightly household chores. After all, do you want your guests to see a pile of dirty laundry or your underwear hanging up to dry? No, you don’t.

“With the increase in open-plan living, we’ve noticed customers prefer to create a defined separation between their kitchen and utility functions, where space permits,” said Tony McCarthy, from Crown Imperial told Real Homes.

So, if you’re thinking of getting an extension and adding a utility room, here is Simply’s simple guide to how to make the most of your available space.

If extending your home to include a utility room, how much space do you need?

When defining how much space you should dedicate to a utility room, think about what you want to get out of it. Will it be more of a laundry room, downstairs bathroom, a pantry, back kitchen, a general dumping ground or all of the above?

Whatever your utility room is for, you’ll be surprised what you can fit in a small space with clever space saving tricks. If you plan on storing your washer and dryer in the room, you can stack them to save space.

Add tall cupboards to keep your upright hoover, mops and brushes. Having open shelving is also the most efficient way to store food, but if you like things to be behind closed doors, sliding doors are ideal for small spaces.

Where should I put my utility room?

Theoretically, you can have a utility room anywhere in the house. However, wherever it’s located, your appliances will need to be plumbed into the water and heating supply. It is more efficient and economical to have your utility room next to your kitchen and it’s also usually more practical in a general scene.

What should I have in my utility room?

This of course depends on what you want from this space. If you are using it as more of a laundry room then having a sink is something to consider. It can be used to soak clothes when necessary, as well as clean dirty shoes and bathe any small pets.

One easy thing to overlook is power points. If you are creating a utility room as part of an extension, make sure enough power points for all those appliances are planned in.

Underfloor heating can be put to excellent practical use in utility rooms. It can help dry your washing faster without taking up any wall space.

If you are putting in cabinets, and the utility room is connected to the kitchen, you may want to use the same style cabinets to create a cohesive flow. Also, as this is a practical space, easy to wipe work surfaces are essential.

If you want to create an extension to include a utility room, call Simply Extend today. We are specialists in creating fixed cost extensions in London.

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How to make your home extension energy efficient

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When building an extension it pays to have the environment in mind. By making it energy efficient you can save money on your running costs and maybe even on your build. Here’s how to make your extension energy efficient and environmentally friendly.


External wall insulation is one of most effective types of insulations you can have. It works by fixing a layer of insulation material to the wall, then covering it with a reinforcement and a special type of render. Highly recommended by Greenage, a leading energy saving advice website, external wall insulation can increase thermal efficiency, reduced heat gain in warm weather, can prevent penetrating damp, be applied without disruption, reduce energy bills by 40% and helps to muffle sound entering the home.

Infrared heating panels

Infrared heating panels work through radiation, not convection. They emit infrared waves, which travel through space and warm up any objects they hit including your body. Once heated with infrared, furniture, walls and floors, will release it slowly back into the room over time. Infrared light is the reason we feel warm in the sun even when the air temperature is cool. Standard convection radiators work by heating the air around you, which is easily lost through windows, doors and floorboards. You can buy panels in an array of materials and plug them into the wall or they can be hardwired into the system by an electrician. They use up less electricity helping to keep your bills down.


If you are installing skylights or Velux windows as part of your extension you can choose ones that are controlled by solar power. Velux became the first to manufacture such windows. These windows consist of triple outer glazing and an additional inner double-glazing. They also feature solar powered shutters, which can be controlled by a touch-screen control pad.

The sun does not shine all the time so when it comes to artificial light LED lighting is the way to go. They use 90% less power than traditional light bulbs.


If you want to keep your environmental footprint light then choose eco paint. Proper eco paint is high quality, breathable and made without the use of petrochemicals. Some eco paints can be composted.

Upcycle and pre-loved furniture

Everyone loves a bargain, and going on the hunt for upcycled and pre-loved furniture will save you money as well as help the environment. You can find pre-loved furniture on Facebook buy and sell pages, charity shops, car boot sales and websites like Freecycle.

Underfloor heating

There is nothing more satisfying than feeling a warm floor beneath your feet on a cold winter’s day. Underfloor heating has a bad reputation of being pricey, but in the long run, it’s a far more efficient way to heat your home than convection radiators. On the downside, they can take longer to heat up than traditional heating systems but you do have a more even distribution of heat.

Looking to add an extension to your London home? Then contact Simply Extend for a free site survey today.

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