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Single Storey Extension Cost & Prices 2022

Moving to a bigger home comes with a large cost and lots of upheaval. During uncertain times, it is no wonder that more people are choosing to stay in their current home and extend.

Single storey extensions allow families to add more space to their current home and save time and money in the process, usually in the form of a side or rear extension.

But it can be difficult to know exactly how much you can expect to pay for an extension.

This article will cover what you can expect to pay for a single-storey extension, factors that affect the cost and ways you can reduce the cost of your extension.

Single Storey Extension Cost Per m²

The starting point in putting a price to your extension would be deciding on the size of the extension. 

The cost of a standard masonry extension in the South-East would be approximately £1450 per m² on average to a finished liveable standard.

The best way to deal with bespoke features which are going to increase this cost is to add these as an additional cost on top of your per m² calculation.

The figures below show the total cost for a variety of extension sizes.

Extension SizeCost
3m x 5m (15m²)£21,750
4m x 5m (20m²)£29,000
5m x 5m (25m²)£36,250
4.5m x 7m (31.5m²)£45,675
6m x 6m (36m²)£52,000
5m x 8m (40m²)£58,000
6m x 8m (48m²)£69,600

The £1450 per m² figure can be broken down as follows:

ElementCost Per m²
Demolitions & Alterations£80
Substructures & Ground Floor Slab£130
Structural Steel£65
External Walls£135
Windows & External Doors£110
Internal Walls£65
Internal Doors£70
Wall Finishes£30
Floor Finishes£50
Ceiling Finishes£30
External Works (Drainage, mains connect etc)£50
Design Team Fees£145
Prelims - including scaffolding, welfare, warranties and site attendances£145

There are some optional items that need to be included on top of the baseline figure if you decide to include them within your extension. Some of these include:

Small Velux Rooflight+£700
Large Velux Rooflight+£900
Aluminium Double Patio Door (2.4m x 2.1m)+£1700
uPVC Double Patio (2.4m x 2.1m)+£1000
Aluminium Double Sliding Door (2.4m x 2.1m)+£2000
uPVC Double Sliding Door (2.4m x 2.1m+£900
Aluminium Bi-Fold Door (2.4m x 2.1m)+£2700
uPVC Bi-Fold Door (2.4m x 2.1m+£2000
Kitchen+£4500 - £10,000 (depending on specification)

Factors That Affect the Cost of a Single Storey Extension

A complex project like an extension has multiple reasons why the cost can vary from the baseline price. However, the factors below are among the most important.

  1. The size of extension – The bigger the extension the greater the cost overall, but a lower cost per m²
  2. The materials used in the extension – A standard masonry construction with small window and single door will cost a lot less than a high end extension with sizeable rooflights and large patio sliding doors.
  3. The function of the extension – An extended living / dining room will have a much lower cost per m2 than a kitchen extension where you will be paying extra for built in kitchen units and appliances.
  4. The location of the extension – An extension in the South and London will cost more elsewhere in the UK. The prices given above are for prices for the South-East. The following table can be used to adjust prices.
Region% Adjustment
South East (Southampton, Oxford, Kent, Outer London)0
Inner London+4%
South West (Bristol, Exeter)-4%
West Midlands (Birmingham)-10%
East Midlands (Northampton, Nottingham, Leicester)-10%
East Anglia (Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich)-5%
North West (Liverpool, Manchester)-12%
Yorkshire and Humberside (Leeds, Sheffield)-11%
North East (Newcastle, Sunderland)-10%
Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow)-6%
Wales (Cardiff, Swansea)-9%
Northern Ireland (Belfast)-12%

How to Reduce the Cost of Your Single Storey Extension

There are a few ways you can ensure you can reduce the prices and make it more cost-affordable for you.

  1. Hire a Quantity Surveyor – a Quantity Surveyor for a small residential extension is likely to be a relatively cheap fee. A good QS can save you hundreds to thousands of pounds on your extension by suggesting value engineering proposals, preparing a schedule of works and competitively tendering your project.
  2. Simplify the design – Do you really need a Bi-fold door? Will a standard Double Patio door be acceptable? Questions like this can reduce the cost of your extension. You want to have an extension you want, but not pay for features you deem unnecessary.
  3. Use off-the-shelf products bespoke items will usually be a lot more expensive than standardised ones.
  4. Stick to the agreed design – changing your mind as the builder is construction your extension will always end up costing you more money. Have a clear design on paper and stick to it.
  5. Competitively tender the project – Don’t just ask one builder for a price. Seek a price from 4 or 5 that you have done due diligence on and are happy using. You always reduce the cost going to 4/5 builders for a price as they will price more competitively.

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We’ve done our best to give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for a single-storey extension.

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.