Extending your home is a smart way to increase space, without having to go through a stressful move. Maybe your family is growing and you have a baby on the way or you have friends and family visiting regularly? You might be the serial entertainer and love having people over for dinner parties? Or you might just finally decide to treat yourself to that games room or study space now the time is right financially?
Whatever your reasons for having an extension, there are many styles and sizes of extension for you to choose from. An extension will add space and value onto your home and you can design it to exactly fit your needs.
Type of Extensions to Choose From
- Garage Conversion
If you have a garage, this can be turned into an extra living space for your home. This will look seamless as no extra building is needed, just the interior wall to be knocked down. Depending on how you want to use the space costs can vary – you will need to comply with building regulations if you are creating habitable space. An unused, unloved garage space could be converted into a fantastic new kitchen, lounge, music room, cinema room, study, or granny/teenage annexe.
- Traditional Orangery Style Extension
A great option to add on to a period style house. Timber mixes in with multiple window panes to let a large amount of light through. Great for summer dinner parties or lounging in an armchair watching the sun go down. This will usually fall within permitted development rights and not need planning permission, but it’s always best to seek advice first.
- A Cellar Conversion
An unused cellar is just an empty space waiting to be put to use. It could be useful as an extra living space, music/study room or play room for the kids. You would need to consider insulation and damp proofing. This type of conversion is classed ‘a material change of use’ and has permitted development rights.
- Single Storey Extension
With these types of extensions you can choose to mould the extension seamlessly to look like it’s always been there, or you can choose a contrasting modern style. It can be finished with either a flat or low-pitched sloping roof and a range of design styles it is a perfect way to create a larger kitchen/diner, lounge area or study/home office.
- Two Storey Extensions
A two-storey extension on the back of the house, is usually put in place to extend the kitchen and add on an extra bedroom above. The use of large windows down below and up top are popular to allow great views and let the sun pour in. Styles range from something in keeping with a period property to a more contemporary style and shape. Depending on size rear extensions can will fall under permitted development rights, but larger rear or two storey side extensions will require planning consent.
Talk to the skilled, friendly team at Creating Better Homes on 01527 542 079 to discuss which extension would most benefit your home.