Today – Extending Your Home: What Are Your Options?
When it comes to extending your home, a lot of people are initially put off by the cost. However, when comparing it to moving to a bigger house and the legal fees associated with this, it obviously works out considerably less, and will actually improve the value of your property should one day you decide to move.
Now, after coming to a decision to extend, you are now faced with quite a few options. These are detailed below to help you choose which will suit you and your family best.
Extending Your Home: What Are Your Options?
Conservatory or Garden Extension
If you are prone to green fingers and love being at one with nature, a conservatory is sure to be a great asset to you and your house. A conservatory allows you to enjoy all weathers – it really warms up in the summer, is so relaxing when the rain patters on the rooftop, and is a winter wonderland in the colder weather – especially if it snows outside. If you don’t want to extend at the back of your house, you could build a summer house or office in your garden if space allows. However, you may only be able to utilize this space in the warmer months, as it may be a little too chilly in the winter.
If your loft is full of dusty old belongings that you’ve been meaning to get rid of for years but never got round to it – it may be time to consider one of the many loft conversions available. You can turn it into a spare room, an office space, or even a second lounge if you have a big family that is always arguing over the TV remote.
Either you can extend your house and build a garage if you don’t have one, or convert your garage into a multimedia room or gym if you like to work out from home. Either way, you can utilize the storage space a lot more than just filling it with old Christmas decorations and boxes of forgotten photo albums. The proximity of your existing garage to your home will be a deciding factor here. If it is connected, then you should have no problem insulating it and connecting the plumbing and electrical supply. However, if your garage is situated at a distance from your house, you may have trouble making it livable. It’s best to do some research to see what is possible within your given budget.
This applies to the space above the garage if you haven’t yet extended on the side of your house. This is a great way of adding an extra room to your home without having to extend on any of your land/garden. As you are building height on already existing structures, you should find planning permission and permits easier to obtain, though it is always advisable to check if the foundations are designed to take the extra weight.
Hopefully, this has helped you to decide which extension will best suit you and your lifestyle.
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