Where do I start with getting an extension for my Colchester or Chelmsford home?

It’s fair to say that in the last few years, the UK property market has been on something of a rollercoaster. And while things have levelled out somewhat, there are still a few peaks and troughs to negotiate before a smoother ride appears.

This, coupled with the cost-of-living crisis and world events continuing to disrupt global markets, continues to spook homeowners who may otherwise have considered moving house. If this is you, you’ll know exactly what we mean!

If you’re nervous of committing to a move but you’d like more living space and a different look and feel, why not stay put and consider a house extension instead? A single storey extension – whether it be a conservatory, orangery, flat roof style or even a porch – can give your Essex home the space and ‘lift’ it needs…and not a removal van in sight!

The housing stock in the Colchester and Chelmsford areas offer a lot of potential in terms of creating an extension for home improvements. Chelmsford has plenty of Victorian, Edwardian and 1930s homes, along with cool contemporary new builds, while Colchester has an equally interesting mix including a handful of medieval examples. Both locations require specialist local knowledge and expertise, and as extension specialists SEH BAC is in the perfect position to help and advise, whatever your requirements.

So, let’s move on to three types of extensions on the market, and how these might enhance your existing property.

A home extension for everyone

The typical home extension is brick-built with a flat or pitched roof that is either tiled or glazed. This style of extension integrates with your home so effectively that in just days after its completion you’ll hardly be able to remember a time when it wasn’t there. A home extension will not only give you more space for a variety of uses – an open plan kitchen dining area, home office, mini-gym, craft room, dining room or simple chillout space – it will also help you to save money via superb thermal efficiency and the highest quality standards.

white pvc conservatory with glass roof


The modern conservatory

Conservatories used to have a bad name due to poor build quality and terrible thermal properties – too hot in the summer, freezing in the winter. Not now. The modern conservatory has outstanding thermal efficiency, making it a place you can relax in all year round. Traditionally, a conservatory hosts a generous amount of glazing, so while you’re keeping toasty and warm you can also enjoy all the benefits of natural light. At SEH BAC we supply conservatories that will suit all styles of homes across Essex, along with a range of glazing and roofing options.

The on-trend orangery

Orangeries have been around for hundreds of years and were originally designed as places to grow – guess what? – fruit! Today, the orangery is a highly sought after building that combines all the best qualities of the conservatory and traditional extension. They have brick supporting walls rather than being fully glazed, giving you more privacy yet still letting in the natural light. Our orangeries can be supplied in uPVC or aluminium to suit your taste, and we take pride in offering glazing and roofing options that will truly complement your home’s existing features.

White hardwood aluminium orangery

Choosing an extension is a big decision and it’s important to do as much research as possible before you commit. We are always keen for you to visit our showrooms across Essex and see for yourselves what we do, and how we can help you realise your vision. We’re always available to chat, either in person, online or by phone, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your project.


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