With the housing market being unpredictable, many people look to stay in their current home and improve rather then move.
The best way to add more space and value to your home is to build an extension either out the back, side or extending into the roof of the house.
There are several types of extension including
- Single storey side or rear extensions
- Double or multiple storey extensions
- Garage conversions and extensions
- Loft conversions
- Basement conversions
- Outbuilding, orangeries and conservatories
Lets take a look at some of the more popular types of extension
Single storey extension
This type of extension only takes up to one storey and usually is at the rear or on the side of the property. Single storey rear extensions are the most popular ones as they open up the house and connect it with the garden. Even extending just a few meters out into the garden can create a huge difference and for added wow make the extension the full width of the house. This coupled with bi-fold or sliding doors will bring the outside in. A pitched roof with sky lights set into it is usually preferred however your existing house may not allow for the height required, in this case a flat roof with windows or a lantern will create a light filled room.
Double storey extension
This type of extensions opens up the potential of the rooms not only on the ground floor but also on the other floors. Depending on the size you can either enlarge existing rooms or create totally new rooms.
These very popular types of extensions unfortunately often come with many issues regarding planning approvals. As these types of transformations will go higher than a single storey it is important to think about the way it will affect neighbouring properties. Property type and overall design are the key facts that attention must be paid to. Extension must not cause any serious loss of sunlight to rooms and gardens of adjoining properties. Another important facts are that designed of the new part of the house must match the existing property and fit into character of the neighbourhood that means – match the materials used, roof form and same type of windows and doors. It also cannot dominate the property.
Another popular type of conversion is to use the existing garage. This has the advantage of not losing any of your garden but can be restrictive in what the room could be used for depending on it locality to the main house. Both can be used for living spaces however detached garages may need planning permission.
For houses with the garage attached it could become a kitchen extension, utility room or an extended living space, while those with a detached garage could potentially use it as a study space or gym. Another style is to just convert three quarters of the garage leaving the last part for storage.
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