Whether you’ve started to grow your family or you’re simply outgrowing the space you’re in, creating a home extension could help you avoid the stress of moving.
But how do you make sure the space you create is fit for all that’s asked of it? And just where should you put those extra feet and inches? If you’re struggling to find a quiet spot to do your daily yoga, need a nook for all the kids’ toys or an office space to call your own, these are the points you can’t gloss over when creating a home extension fit for work, rest and play…
What, where, how?
Sometimes it’s really obvious where you should put new walls. Other times, your options aren’t quite so clear cut! For the most part, extending over existing structures, such as adding a bedroom over a garage, tends to be the most fuss-free option.
Check your foundations
You’ll need to check the strength of your foundations to make sure the room below can take the weight and also apply for planning permission to cover any increase in height or change in roof pitch, but it can be a very cost effective way to add space. If your home is in a high demand area you could also add a substantial amount on to the value of your home, particularly if you add a bedroom.
If you do have a garage and you don’t use it for car or other storage, converting it into an extra room might be another savvy way to get some additional room without too much expense. Unless you live on a new build estate, you shouldn’t need planning permission to carry out this kind of conversion. However, if you decide to build beyond the existing walls of the garage, an application is required.
Before you start shifting your motor and moving your sofa, think about the logistics of not having a garage and how it might impact you in the future. If you’re a car owner, do you have another safe and permanent spot to park your car? And, if you were to sell your home in the future, could having no garage potentially hold back a sale? To cover all bases, you could ask your architect to plan a conversion that can easily be reversed if necessary.
Finally, if you’d like a totally brand new area to completely transform your home, choosing where to locate it is all about where you can afford to sacrifice outdoor space without intruding on neighbours’ boundaries. You’ll find some great tips for staying neighbourly and avoiding disputes in this article.
When you’re extending past the walls of your current home, you will need to apply for planning permission and of course, consider how your new layout will work. Will you need to go through one room to get to another and if so, will it disturb the general use and purpose of the space in question?
Layout can be even more important than size and space. If you get the layout wrong, your extension may not get the use it deserves.
Let there be light…and warmth too!
Once you’ve thought about how and where you’ll grow your home, it’s time to move onto the finer details. The level of electrical work you’ll require will depend how near your extra feet and inches are to existing wiring and if you’re planning to run heating or just lighting into the room.
If you’re creating a home extension downstairs or converting a garage, bi-fold doors can make a sensible addition to your plans. Choose something energy efficient with floor to ceiling panes like these from Vufold. You’ll have the bonus of lots of light when needed along with an attractive and convenient route to your outside space.
Your choice of doors and windows will impact any heating requirements too. You may want to match the style of those elsewhere in your home. Energy efficiency should also be a checkpoint on your list. Especially if your extension isn’t sheltered by other areas of the building.
For more compact spaces where you don’t want to sacrifice floor and wall space to radiators, underfloor heating can be a worthwhile, though not inexpensive, investment.
Hopefully this post has given you a few pointers for creating a home extension. If you’ve already completed your extension of dreams, maybe you could enter your efforts into the don’t move improve awards?