Moving home can be an extremely costly affair and is one of the most stressful things we do in our lifetime. As an alternative to moving house or to breathe new life into your property, extending your current home not only gives you the chance to create extra space but with the right research you could completely transform the look and feel of your home and add significant value.
Once you have established a budget for your project and confirmed that it falls within any planning requirements, it really pays to do your homework on the types of extensions and home improvements that are available. Any new project offers the opportunity to introduce more light into your property – ensuring daylight from different sources in your extension will vastly improve the ambience of the new space.
Another essential is to ensure that materials used in the project will not detract from your current property. Either match the existing materials or if not possible then consider contrasting materials which add a complementary style.
So what are the best ways to create extra space in your home? Clearly, the size of your budget will determine just how much you can achieve but even a modest porch can add valuable living space. Loft conversions are brilliant at giving you much needed extra space and usually don’t need planning permission.
At the other end of the scale building, a two-storey extension is expensive but represents the best value as building costs are lower given the total space created.
Adding a conservatory is one of the most popular ways to extend your home and can be the least expensive way to create extra space. Smaller conservatories don’t need planning consent or building regulation approval so can be much easier to achieve.
Conservatories have come a long way in the last decade, with self-cleaning glass and sun protection available as well as insulated roofs which allow the conservatory to be used all year round. An alternative to a conservatory is a sunroom. It has lots of glass like a conservatory but has a traditional style roof. New roofing materials like Enviro Tile and insulation make these additions cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
One of the simplest ways of creating more space is to make your outdoor space more useable so that eating and relaxing outdoors can be a regular activity in warmer months. By making a space protected from the sun, wind and rain creates an opportunity for meaningful outdoor entertaining and living.
An amazing variety of solutions for covered outdoor spaces are available. Retractable verandas like the Weinor Plaza Viva Retractable Veranda, or if you want something more permanent, the Terrazza Pure Glass Patio Roof provides a great outdoor living experience. Awnings and retractable roofs provide instant and flexible options for making the most of your outdoor space.
If you are desperate for more space but cannot see a way of extending the house itself, then consider your garden. A garden room is ideal as a gym, games room, office space or just somewhere to relax in looking out over the rest of the garden.