Not enough space, but you love your home? Why not extend?
Building and extension can bring a new life to the home you love, meaning many more happy years in the community you become a part of.
Extending your home can be quite straight forward, and it can definitely be a cheaper alternative to some of the other options out there. Extending also has the possibility of adding value to your property. Simply adding a new brick to the side of your house may well provide you with that much needed space, it will often fail to flatter that home you love. A successful extension compliments the existing house, it doesn’t necessarily have to look the same, it could be a modern interpretation or could even be an entirely different design.
Think about the future of and how this extension could enhance your lifestyle, it should do the same for your home.
There are many things to consider when planning an extension, and it is always good to have an idea of what you want when meeting an architect. They are trained to design the spaces you desire, and while it is possible that they could produce something beyond your expectations it is always recommended that you have an understanding of the process and can bring your own ideas to the table, after all its your home.
What’s it for?
Consider how you live your life. Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, do you often entertain or do you often dine out? This is important, as the use of your new space will help determine its size and layout. Do you like to spend time in the garden? Is light important?
Understanding what you want out of your new addition is vital to planning the space. Is it a large open plan kitchen/living space, a utility room, a play room or a large bathroom that you want…maybe them all? Listen to your architect because they may well have something that hadn’t even crossed your mind.
Where to extend?
Look at your options. How much of your garden are you willing to give up for that extra bit of living space, your new living/kitchen may be just what you have been looking for, but would the kids be happy with only a small patch of grass to play on? The most popular location for an extension is at the rear of the property, usually to allow for the expansion of the existing kitchen into a large open plan kitchen diner and for the back door to become a much more useful utility space.
What about two storeys? They are not as expensive as you might think. Definitely not twice as much as the single one you are thinking of, and you gain that extra bedroom upstairs or even explore expanding your master bedroom.
How about the side of the house? A Side-return extension uses that dead space at the side of your house, often next to the kitchen and downstairs bathroom, and incorporates it into the house without the need to half the size of your garden. Clever use of glass can help bring light into what is often quite a dark area of the house, allowing it to become more liveable.
Be realistic, do you have the money to achieve what you want? The average cost of an extension in the UK is between £20,000 and £30,000 but this can vary dramatically depending on your location and what you want to achieve. There can often be an innovative way of getting the most value for your cash; you may not have to spend what you initially thought. It may also add a good value to your property.
In the end, the value of adding an extension to your home is a lifestyle choice, the value is in the extra living space that it will generate and how this is going to enhance your way of living. If you add a bit of value to your property as well, then so much the better.