Extending a property offers one the chance to tailor it to their needs, consequently boosting its value. In this article, we will be looking at several popular options. With time, you will find that your home does not quite reach your expectations.
It may be because your family has outgrown it, or it may be because the layout no longer suits your taste or is outdated. Whatever your reason may be, you will be glad to know that you have plenty of options. While moving is one, it can be quite daunting, especially if you love the area and your children are settled at a nearby school.
The better option here would be investing money and time in creating an extension. With extensions, you get to keep the house you’ve grown so fond of while making it better and living in the area you love.
Here is a look at popular extension options that we believe will make it easier for you to settle for an option that suits your lifestyle and needs.
1. Consider Side Extensions
If your semi-detached or period terrace house has retained the original kitchen, it is likely that it is separated from the main living rooms and is tucked in a narrow rear projection called an outrigger or closet wing. This projection results in a side return and an L-shaped garden, a rather useless strip of land by the side of your house.
“The L shaped layout does not cut it for 21st-century living, and that is why a majority of homeowners are now opting to extend their kitchens into the side return,” says KJM Group. When reclaimed, this space creates a family room and an open-plan kitchen without sacrificing too much garden space.
And the great thing is that side return extensions are considered as permitted developments so you won’t be required to have planning permission as long as the reclamation project meets specific criteria. However, side return extensions will still need approval under building regulations.
Unlike planning permissions, these regulations dictate the standards for construction and design to guarantee safety. Your design may be required to incorporate the calculations of a certified structural engineer, which you must submit together with your drawings when returning your building regulation application.
You could also apply for a building regulation approval from a local building control service authority by submitting a building notice or a full plans application.
2. Go for a Rear Extension
Another common way to add significant value and create more space is with single-storey rear extensions. For a successful project, you will need to ensure that you are working with the right people right from the start. These extensions are relatively simple; however, a simple mistake could quickly add costs, delays and cause stress.
Start by finding a good and dependable builder by asking your family and friends for recommendations. You could also ask builders who you feel could work for you for references and follow them up. If possible, check out some of the projects they have worked on and do not be afraid to ask critical questions.
Just because rear extensions are straightforward, that does not mean that it will be plain sailing. There are a couple of legal steps that you will need to follow; at the same time, single-storey extensions, irrespective of their size, can be quite stressful to manage and are prone to very costly errors.
3. Add a Conservatory
A conservatory is relatively easy to build and is flexible, especially when it comes to how you can use it. Furthermore, these structures are an affordable way of extending your home – just as long as the build quality is right.
Conservatories should last decades and should be useable night and day allowing you to redeem your outlay. A good glass extension will add value to a home, primarily when it is being sold. Most buyers view them not only as an extra room but as a space with lifestyle-enhancing potential.
Always work with a reputable company that is registered with governing bodies like FENSA or Glass and Glazing Federation. Also, consider finding out if the contractor you opt for offers a guarantee that covers parts of the build. Own a conservatory? You could transform it into a room that stays cool during summer and warm during winter – a space you can use all year round.