When you feel that your home is no longer big enough and your family needs more space, there is more than one way to create extra rooms or bigger living spaces without the need to sell up and move house. A house extension can be the best solution for expanding the amount of living space as well as adding more value to the property. Even when money is short, there are things you can do to create more space within your home.
If you think you need more space because the house you live in has become too cluttered, or you want to join in the trend for house extensions, those are not good reasons to go ahead. Before approaching any builders, you should know exactly why you want a house extension.
Work out your requirements by deciding whether the extra space is needed for an existing room, such as the kitchen or utility room, or if you want an extension to give you more bedrooms, a games room, a new nursery, a home office or a self-contained annexe for an elderly parent.
When you know precisely why you need more space, it is time to make a full assessment of the existing space in your home to see what your options are for adding an extension.
Converting an integral or adjoining garage into extra living space is one of the most popular options for a house extension. A converted garage space is suitable for any use and it can either be accessed from inside the house or have a separate entrance to a self-contained annexe.
Attic & Loft Conversion
Attics and loft spaces are ideal for conversion when extra rooms are needed, and the most popular use of a loft conversion is to provide a bedroom with its own en-suite bathroom. This type of house extension is ideal when you have teenagers who need privacy and space of their own. It does not make good living accommodation for elderly relatives who might have difficulty with the stairs.
An unused basement is suitable for conversion into a games room, T.V. room, utility room or separate living accommodation, but it can be the most expensive option for a house extension.
A bigger kitchen is one of the most desirable house extensions. It gives you the chance to plan a dream kitchen with more space for the family and some added design features.
A kitchen extension can include a separate utility room or add more space for a multi-purpose kitchen diner where meals can be served. This will provide you with more space in another part of the house that has previously been used as a dining room or breakfast room.
House Extension Costs
The average cost of a garage conversion is around £10,000, which means that it can be best option when you want more value for money. A kitchen extension costs about eighteen percent more than a garage extension. A loft conversion can cost more than twice as much. Converting a basement can cost three times as much as you would have to pay for loft conversion or other type of home extension.
The least expensive option is to make more space in your home by removing clutter and to get rid of anything that is taking up space and is no longer needed or has no useful function. This will create more living space and it may also bring in extra cash when unwanted items are sold through classified ads or online auctions.
Get some quotes for your choice of house extension and take a look at the different costs, using price comparison websites for garage conversions and home extensions.
If you have a suitable garage to convert, that will be the best value choice for expansion, but your decision depends on why you need a house extension. You might want to invest more money on an extension to your attic, basement, kitchen, or another suitable space.