Gable-end single storey extension from inside
27th July 2023


A single-storey extension is one of the best ways to expand your living space and create a comfortable environment for you and your family. It’s an excellent alternative to a full relocation, as it’s quicker, more affordable, and much less of a hassle. Best of all, you have the freedom to design the extension exactly the way you want, whether you prefer to add minimal touches or go all out with your creativity.

To really make the most of your extra space, it’s important to incorporate space-saving design features that open up more room for you to enjoy. Imagine having a space that can accommodate a dining table, TV, sofas, and even a pool table – all in one place!

At Trade Price, we take pride in being one of the UK’s leading suppliers of bespoke DIY single-storey extensions. In this guide, we explore four innovative ways to optimise your extension’s available space.

1. Utilise Vertical Space

Depending on the roof style you choose, a single-storey extension can provide a surprising amount of vertical space. This can be utilised by incorporating floor-to-ceiling storage units or bookshelves. Not only will they serve as practical storage solutions, but they’ll also showcase your book collection, decorative items, and more. Another idea is to install high-mounted cabinets or shelves to store less frequently used belongings, making full use of the height available to you.

Trade Price’s DIY extensions come with various high roof options, including Edwardian and gable-end styles. Not only do they provide ample vertical space for storage and display, but they also allow for more extravagant design possibilities – you could even create an elegant focal point with a glass chandelier!

2. Choose Space-saving Furniture

Furniture takes up more space than anything else, so it only makes sense to invest in furniture that performs as you need it to while still saving space. Here are just a few clever pieces that will do just that:

Sofa bed
Nesting tables
Folding or stackable chairs
Expandable dining table
Coffee tables with built-in storage
Ottomans that double as storage units
Wall-mounted desk that can be folded away when not in use

By choosing space-saving furniture, you can maximise the functionality of your space without sacrificing style or comfort.

3. Implement Natural Light and Glass Elements

The power of natural light is well known. Not only is it crucial for our health and well-being, but it gives rooms a bright and airy feel, creating the illusion of spaciousness while seamlessly connecting the indoors and outdoors.

You can enjoy the benefits of more natural light by incorporating large windows, skylights, or glass doors in your extension. Although they won’t physically expand your space, they’ll flood it with light and provide an unparalleled sense of openness throughout your home.

At Trade Price, we give you total flexibility over the design of your extension. Whether you’d like to add solar-operated skylights, fixed full-height glass panels, or another other feature that brings in more natural light, we’re here to make it a reality.

4. Install Creative Storage Solutions

Storage can really encroach on space in the home, taking up more room than we’d like and becoming an eyesore in the process. Luckily, there are ways to make storage solutions both effective and visually appealing.

One option is to incorporate built-in wall niches or alcoves, which make clever use of those often-neglected areas. Pull-out cabinets or drawers are another great idea, keeping everything neat and tidy while utilising every inch of space.

If you’re looking to take it a step further, consider investing in made-to-measure storage options. These can be tailored to your specific needs, from hidden storage compartments under seating areas to fitted cupboards that flawlessly blend with your room’s layout.


Trade Price are the UK’s first choice for premium-quality, cost-effective DIY extensions. With over 20 years’ experience and 10,000 extension kits supplied, our expertise in extension design is second to none.

When you choose us for your extension, we put you in the driver’s seat. We offer a wide range of options for roofs, windows, and materials, so you can bring your dream extension to life, whether you prefer a grand double-hipped Edwardian or a sleek and modern lean-to. We’re also happy to recommend the best ways to maximise space in your new extension once it’s completed.

If you’re looking to upgrade your home without breaking the bank, reach out to our team today. We’re here to explain our kits in detail, guide you through all the available options, and answer any questions you may have.

Book a consultation online or call us on 01371 820580. We can’t wait to help you realise the extension you’ve always dreamed of!