House Extensions in Reading and Henley-on-Thames |
Adding New Space and Increasing Resale Value

As time-served carpenters and building contractors, MW Carpentry Ltd provides a wide range of services designed to improve the size of your home and your quality of life. We can even construct brand-new houses from scratch. With such a varied skillset, we excel in the design and build of house extensions. When it comes to increasing your property’s habitable space and market value, there are few more reliable, and popular, solutions than building an addition.

Operating out of Caversham, Reading, our company covers locations across Berkshire, including Henley-on-Thames and Newbury.

We recognise the magnitude of committing to an extension. Realistically, your property will only be able to support one, so it’s essential that you get yours right from the outset.

In this blog, we provide some useful information to help you make the best decision for your own needs.

House Extensions | Finding the Right Fit

One of the most important decisions you will make at the start of your project is the type of extension you want to build. In many cases, the size of your premises, as well as the proximity of your neighbours, will have a huge say on what is and isn’t possible.

Side-Return Extensions
These extensions are perfect for Victorian terraced houses as they typically have a recess of empty space running along the side. Aside from this specific style, they also suit homes with side alleys and limited garden space.

One of the key advantages of side return extensions is that our carpenters and building contractors can increase your home’s width, and possibly it’s height, without any sacrifices in the garden.

In addition to optimising wasted space, these house extensions can also make certain houses more secure. If you have a wooden side gate giving direct access to your garden, the new structure will result in a security and privacy upgrade.

Of course, a side-return won’t provide enough new space for an en suite master bedroom or home cinema, but it’s a brilliant way to create a larger kitchen or living room. Compact utility rooms are also a popular choice.

Rear-Facing Extensions
Do you have a large garden in Henley-on-Thames? Or do you have limited space to extend at the side of your Reading home? If one or either of these is true for you, a rear-facing extension will likely tick every box.

Our carpenters and building contractors can build single- and double-storey additions to suit every need. When compared with side-returns and wraparounds, these house extensions deliver the most additional space. They’re also highly versatile as they can fulfil practically any use, including:

• Open-Plan Living Area
• Open-Plan Kitchen
• Workout Studio
• Home Office
• Home Gym
• Cinema Room
• Library/Reading Room
• Children’s Playroom

If you extend up onto a second-storey too, you can truly transform your home and it’s resale value. For example, a bespoke downstairs kitchen with an extra en suite bedroom upstairs will hold huge appeal with prospective buyers.

Wraparound Extensions
If you have the correct dimensions, you can also combine a rear-facing and side-return extension to create an L-shaped structure. As the name suggests, this addition will wrap around your Reading, Henley-on-Thames or Berkshire-area home at a right angle. Most importantly, these extensions provide ample extra space if you are limited to a single-storey.

Due to their position, wraparound extensions often combine multiple uses, such as extending the kitchen and integrating a diner. Alternatively, our carpenters and building contractors can create a dream kitchen that blends seamlessly with the garden, blurring the line between inside and outside living.

MW Carpentry Ltd also provides a dedicated service for the design and construction of new builds.

Call 07792 507 252 to take the first step toward one of our stunning house extensions in Reading, Henley-on-Thames or the wider Berkshire area.

If the service you require is not listed above then that doesn’t mean we can’t help! We are happy to discuss your requirements and provide a free, no obligation quote. Get in touch today.
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