Improving your home is always exciting, whether that’s with new features or something even bigger like an extension. Extending your home means that you can create the space that you need without moving house. It is also a great way to add value to your property. Maybe you need an office space to work from home, or you want to add a conservatory to relax, there are so many ideas that you can bring to life. Here are the top 3 ideas for extending your home.
1. Single-story extension
This type of extension is when one or more sides of the structure are attached to the property and are built onto the ground floor of the home. Adding single-story extensions to your home means that you can not only add more space but add value to the property too. If you’re thinking about building a single-story extension onto your home, there are many options when it comes to what you can use it for. The likelihood is that if you’re planning to build a single-story extension, you already have an idea of what you’re turning it into, but if not, here are a few things to consider.
- Office – If you work from home, maybe you would benefit from an office space that is separate from the main house so you can work in a calm and quiet environment
- Bedroom – If your home doesn’t have as many rooms as you’d like, or maybe your family is expanding, a single-story extension means you can add an extra bedroom
- Utility room – If you need more space for washing or storage, a utility room could be advantageous
Before you can start building your extension, there are a few things that you should consider, like if you need planning permission or if your new structure will have an impact on your neighbors. You should also consider how the roof will work with your existing property and if you need to include any drains or chimneys.
2. Kitchen extensions
The kitchen is at the heart of any home – it is a place where we all spend a lot of time, whether that’s cooking, eating, or socializing, so it is important that our kitchen is comfortable as well as functional. If your kitchen is small or outdated, a kitchen extension could be a perfect addition to your home. Extending your kitchen means more space, extra storage, and the chance to create a look that you love. Whether you’re after something modern with integrated appliances and glossed finishes, or something a little more rustic and traditional, kitchens add a lot of value to a home and a great kitchen space is often a non-negotiable for buyers if you come to sell your property. Investing in a kitchen extension can benefit you in the present and if you’re looking to sell in the future.
3. Conservatories and outbuilding
Conservatories are a great addition to any home and can add value, as well as extra space. They are simple to construct – but some do need planning permission before you can begin to build. Sunrooms are another good way of extending. They are different from conservatories as they have solid walls and roofs, they are study and warm in the colder months but still allow for plenty of sunlight, which is advantageous in the summer. Sunrooms and conservatories can be used as an extra lounge or as an office space. Sunrooms are slightly more complex than conservatories, so planning with an architect as well as a building company will ensure you get the most from your new extension.