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Extension to the house — simple and affordable ideas for the reconstruction of wooden and stone houses (100 photos)

Many people dream of having their own country house, but those who already have it are trying to improve it, make it comfortable, convenient and practical. It is not so often that the construction and arrangement of a country farm starts from scratch, if I may say so – in an open field. As a rule, we purchase a plot with already built buildings and to some extent equipped.

However, it would seem that the obvious advantage is that there is no need to waste time and money, it has its "disadvantages", namely, the new owner has to redo everything based on his needs and his ideas about comfort and practicality. For example, the usual situation when the area of the cottage is insufficient.

Of course, you can demolish everything and build anew, but this involves such difficulties and costs of effort, time, and material resources that this option is not suitable, in this case, there is only one thing left – to make an extension and increase the total area due to it.

Looking at the ready-made options on the pages of the sites, more precisely, photos of an extension to a house on a suburban plot, you can notice: with the right approach to solving this problem, the result is quite acceptable, and given the lower costs compared with the option of new construction, it becomes the only correct one.

So, let's figure out how an extension is made with our own hands, what is needed for this, what "pitfalls" can await us on this path and reveal some not obvious aspects.

As in any other business: before you start sawing, laying bricks and generally creating a fuss of construction work, you will need to think carefully, plan everything. Otherwise, the result of the work, all the invested funds, the time spent may not meet your expectations, or nothing will come out at all, and a sad experience, you must agree — this is not what we expect and need.

At first glance, it may seem that what you have planned will require special skills or knowledge from you, however, there is nothing complicated and impossible, it all depends on your desire to work and study a little. Specialists are usually referred to when carrying out work on the supply of communications or during calculations during planning.

Let's decide what we need, what is required, and for this we need to know what types exist and what are their distinctive features. So, as an additional room can act:

The usual canopy

This is the simplest option, it does not require the creation of a foundation: special support pillars act as the base for the main element – and this will be the roof of the extension. In this case, the walls are not erected at all, or any screens act as them, for example, you can make a living curtain of specially planted climbing plants that are guided along pre-reinforced threads.

In principle, the canopy still cannot be called an extension in the full sense of the word, it is rather an additional structural element of the main building.

Summer room

It can be a veranda or a terrace. The summer room does not require the use of insulation, the roof is made of light material, and since the structure itself has a low weight, the foundation is made simple and cheap.

The disadvantage is also obvious – in this room you can relax or work only in the warm season, in winter the room is not used. The main "advantages" include simplicity of design, low material costs, speed of construction.

A full-fledged living space for year-round living

In this case, we are already dealing with a full-fledged, capital construction. The convenience and comfort of the room will depend on how carefully everything will be designed, on the right choice of materials, on the quality of installation and finishing works.

It will require the construction of a full-fledged foundation, roof, capital walls. Some infrastructure is needed: heating, power grid, ventilation, etc.


Choosing this type, remember, the kitchen will require you to summarize the entire list of communications, i.e., when it is erected, not only the room itself, but also the entire infrastructure is carefully designed.

In general, the kitchen will require additional financial investments from you, and for this reason it is rarely used as an additional room, except for a simple, summer option.

A popular view among summer residents is a garage

The room itself will require you to erect a full-fledged foundation, capital walls made of stone or reinforced concrete structures, and a roof. Inside, it is required to provide an inspection pit and think over a waterproofing system, otherwise the pit will be filled with water in the spring and during heavy rains.

Note that the garage can be heated, in this case you will need to prepare an appropriate plan and bring heating.

Sanitary room

Another type of outbuildings – bathrooms, showers or sanitary rooms. This option requires the entire complex of engineering communications: sewerage, water supply, etc., and if it is not a summer shower, a heating and ventilation system;


This is one of the most difficult options, and because of the specifics and technical features, it is better to build a bathhouse separately.

So, after the type is selected, we create the project itself, it is important to provide for all the moments and stages of work in it. Treat the design with due attention, the final result of all your efforts and costs largely depends on the quality and informativeness.

Construction technology

The most popular today are frame extensions, they are simple, require a minimum of material costs, and are quickly erected. There are the following frame technologies:

Frame–panel technology: panels with openings are made separately, and then, on the spot, assembled into a single structure. This method is great for extensions to a stone house, for wooden buildings, as a rule, it is not used:

Frame-frame technology: suitable when an extension of a terrace or a small room is needed. As a rule, this method is used for summer premises. The main advantage is the simplicity of the design, as well as the fact that the master has a wide range of methods, materials and options.

Frame technology is optimal when it is necessary to add verandas, summer rooms and other unheated and simple buildings. For a capital, all-season room or garage, this method is rarely used, since it requires significant complication to give the structure strength, and this is not always advisable.

For capital premises, stone or timber structures are more suitable. They have a margin of safety and other required qualities.

Regardless of what technologies you will use, the correct extension to the house has one important design feature, namely, you will need to attach it to the main structure. In view of the importance of this moment, we will dwell on it in more detail.

Pair with the main building

For the correct connection of an additional room, careful calculations and studies will be required. It is necessary to take into account many factors and nuances, and therefore it is better to entrust planning to specialists.

When designing and installing independently, special attention is paid to the foundation, its coupling with the main one. It is important to properly attach the walls, roof, take into account the mutual influence and seasonal changes.

The most commonly used method in practice is the use of reinforcement technology, and iron bars act as reinforcement. Various fastening structures are widely used.

It is important to install the roof correctly, to think over and provide for the flow of water from the higher roof, if the design is incorrect, the walls and ceilings may get wet.

Some legal points

If you decide to build an extension on your suburban area, it is important for you to remember that it is important to arrange any additional building structures in compliance with the relevant legislative acts. In addition, to carry out any construction work, first get permission to carry them out.

To obtain a permit and execute all the required papers, you will be required to provide a properly executed project.

Getting to work

So, the project providing for a beautiful extension design is ready, the necessary permits have been obtained, the necessary tools and all construction materials are available, you can start working directly.

In this case, the technology will not be particularly different, not by sequence, not by any features. These are the usual works on the construction of walls on a pre-prepared foundation, installation of a roof, roofing, installation of floors, summing up the necessary utilities, installation of electrical wiring, finishing work outside and inside.

As you can see, the extension is not much different from an ordinary building, in many ways it is, except for the construction in contact with the main building, Which is why there is not much point in describing the installation work, and if necessary, you will find the information you are interested in yourself.

Photo of the extension to the house