If you’re thinking about extending your home but aren’t sure where to start, we have some tips to set you off on the right track. Maybe you need a little more space but don’t have the budget to move, or can see an opportunity to expand a specific area and add value. Whatever the reason, the best place to start is with the desired outcome. What are you trying to achieve?
Once the end goal is clear you can start thinking about the various options open to you. These are some of the areas of your home you could consider extending:
Kitchen Extension or Dining Space
A kitchen can make or break the purchase or appeal of a property. For most people, it is the heart of the home and the most important room in the house. So, if your kitchen is small or badly configured it would transform the property to expand the space and its facilities. On the other hand, you may not be tripping over each other in the kitchen but have been eating dinner on the sofa every night, if that’s the case then a dining space extension is what’s required. This can either be a separate dining room or an open plan kitchen-diner and would transform the ground floor of your home.
Conservatory or Ground Floor Extension
If there is room in the garden that isn’t being used then a rear extension can be an excellent addition to your home. It’s a great way to extend a particular room or maybe you’ve been dreaming of a study or utility room to bring an extra dimension to the house. Alternatively building a conservatory creates a feature room that’s an appealing space for leisure and relaxation. If there is good natural lighting at the rear of the house or if you’d like to enjoy nature year round but the weather won’t permit it then a conservatory may be the extension you’re longing for. Even in the colder months a conservatory can be the ideal space to curl up with a book and a hot chocolate.
You may have enough space at the side of your home for a garage extension. This could be adjoined to the house or as a separate outbuilding. Garages are considered to be permitted development so as long as they meet certain criteria they can be built without planning permission.
Single Floor Extension or Double Floor Extension
So, the decision has been made and you’re going for an extension. Ask yourself the question; is a single floor extension best or will a two-floor extension work better? A single floor extension is a useful addition to the house but if you plan to extend on two floors then the whole house can be transformed. If you’re extending because the family is expanding then it may be best to have an additional bathroom or en suite as well as an extra bedroom. It’ll be more costly to build a single floor extension and later decide that in reality the second floor extension is needed too.
There are a few additional restrictions that will need to be checked before building a second floor, but the architect or construction team you’re working with should be able to walk you through the planning permission process and any structural considerations.
Of course if you don’t have the room to expand outwards you can always build up; a loft conversion is another great extension option. Visit the lofts section of our website and the conversion types page for further details about the possibilities when converting your loft.
There are a number of options available for both extending your home and converting the loft. To find out more and discover what your options are contact our Brighton team directly on 01273 539124 or email us or book a consultation via the website.