New from RIBA Books for 2020: Home Extension Design is the new indispensable self-build guide

Home Extension Design, by author architect Julian Owen, is the essential handbook for homeowners looking to update and expand their space in 2020.

A second edition to a tremendously successful first, this fully-revised handbook distils all of the practical information needed to run a project from dream to reality into a volume that strikes a balance between a practical guide and the aesthetic of a coffee table book.

“The number of people altering their homes is rising significantly, explains Julian, “However, most people considering a significant alteration to their home have no experience or knowledge of the process that has to be followed to make their project successful, and the consequences of things going wrong are serious.

“The aim of this book is to help homeowners think practically, strategically and to be more confident in planning and implementing a home extension, while reminding homeowners of the critical design skills of the architect.”

Beautifully presented in hardback and richly illustrated, the book features a varied range of different and highly illustrated case studies, demonstrating successes as well as what to avoid, making new useful suggestions for smooth project management.

Using jargon-free language and careful explanation, Home Extension Design highlights how multi-faceted architecture can really be, no matter how large or small the build. This instructive guide is a perfect building companion for homeowners embarking on their very first project and adds value for those with slightly more experience. Readers will benefit from demonstrations of detailed timelines, projected costs, as well as tips on sustainability, budgeting, planning, regulations and correct use of building contracts.

The essential go-to resource for reliable, independent advice on how to set up and run a building project, Home Extension Design is available now from RIBA bookshops and online here: