Project : Side Returns

The side return holds myriad opportunities for home renovation that will change your life. Without too much upheaval or time you can totally transform your space. Let the new room flow into your garden with matching levels and sympathetic flooring and paving. It’s outdoor/indoor living nailed.

Go bold like this vast exposed wall and striking glass box, maximising light and height in a dramatic dining room – Run Projects

This large skylight has created an airy side return with sky views – Bygga

By using an overhang from the level above, the owners could give shade to the garden and kitchen within – Bygga

A SIDE RETURN INCREASES THE USEABLE SPACE IMMEASURABLY AND ADDS VALUE”
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The entire kitchen is housed within the side return footprint in this extension – Plus Rooms

The designers slotted the kitchen at the back, enabling the front living to flow into the garden – Plus Rooms

One long skylight opens up this compact but expertly designed side return – dRAW Architecture

A staggered side return extension can be eye-catching and free up patio space – Plus Rooms.

THE CONUNDRUM OF THE REAR RECEPTION

Over the years, customers have shared their struggle to make the most of the rear reception once the kitchen has been extended. It’s easy to understand this concern as it’s typically the smallest and darkest room on the ground floor. It also has the most access points, from the entrance into the kitchen, off the hallway and often open-plan to the front room. Consequently, the room can become dead space, or a kind of glorified corridor.

An effective solution is a low wall to section off the entrance to the kitchen whilst leaving the top half open. This can be left as just an opening, or filled with a glass panel. As a result,
a traffic zone through the reception room is removed and instead more wall expanse is created, making it a room in its own right. It also benefits the kitchen as the extra wall space offers more options for that room’s layout and design. Win-win.

Source: Plus Rooms