House extensions - Don't move, improve

Extension - adding value to your homeA new addition to the family, a new job which requires you to work from home or if you’re simply looking to upgrade the size of your building; there are all sorts of reasons why you may be considering having an extension built onto your existing home.

As families grow and lifestyles change space can become a real issue. But rather than selling up and moving on – which inevitably will require a fair old amount of money – many homeowners turn to building an extension as they next best solution. So if the cost difference between upgrading to a new house with more rooms may be out of your budget, the cost of an extension could be a more reasonable option.

The traditional type of extension involves extending your property at the rear, although side extensions are another popular option. Where you plan to extend really all depends on the outside space available. Depending on the scale of the project, the services of an architect may be called upon. An architect will draw up plans for the builder, as well as offer practical advice. And given that planning permission and building regulations are likely to come into play, the architect will be able to liaise with the local authority and deal with all this on your behalf.

Improve rather than move – reasons why people extend

Generally, there are three main reasons why homeowners choose to build an extension:

  • To increase the amount of living space
  • Improving is a more viable option than moving
  • And to add value to the property

Planning Permission and building regulations

In most instances building an extension to your property will mean you’ll need to apply to your local authority for planning permission and building regulations. Building an extension is a job for a professional builder and various factors need to be given careful consideration. Take into account things like the size and shape of the extension; how the extension will effect your neighbours; the type of materials to be used; the positioning of windows and doors; and the overall look and appearance of the extension.

Popular types of extensions

Depending on your requirements and the amount of available space and budget available, a home extension can have a wide variety of uses. Conservatories and orangeries are becoming increasing popular extensions, however the majority of extensions generally fall into the following categories:

  • Home office.
  • Bedrooms.
  • Kitchens.
  • A multi purpose room such as a family room or area in which to entertain guests, for example a dinning room.
  • Home gym.

Extensions come in all different shapes and sizes

As a general rule, an extension should be in keeping with the original shape, style and appearance of your existing property. Extensions should never dominate the existing structure; the perfect extension needs to be designed to harmoniously blend in and not stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. Roofs need to be compatible; a pitched roof is likely to clash with a flat roof. And materials need to be consistent where possible to match your existing home.

Builder Guide can help you find local recommended builders who will be able to carry out all your extension requirements.



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