Extending your home is a great way to add value to your property whilst creating new living space but deciding where and how to extend can be a challenge. As one of the area’s leading home extension specialist, we’re here to help! Our team has put together a short guide on options to consider for creating extra living space.
1. Side Return Extension
Smaller than a rear extension but bigger than adding in a front porch, a side return extension can make a dramatic difference to your home. Extending out to the side of your property results in minimal loss of garden space whilst also utilising a typically unused part of the house. A side extension can be used to extend kitchen or utility space, create a separate dining room, add in a further living area, or create a larger entrance hall and boot room. Depending on the space available, you could even create a separate annexe with a kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. The possibilities can be endless. If you want to let more light into the house you can make the roof, or even the walls, of the side extension glass to let in as much natural light as possible.
2. Rear extension
The most popular out of all extensions, a rear extension is carried out across the full width of the property and can be either single or double storey. The cost of a rear extension is personal to each individual and their design requirements. The design options for a rear extension are endless, whether it is single or double storey, this style of extension can allow more natural light into the property making a brighter overall space. With the possibility to create an additional bedroom and bathroom upstairs and convert a kitchen or create a large socialising space downstairs, make sure you look into the opportunities of both single and double-storey extensions before starting your building work.
3. Wrap around extension
Just like the side return extension, the wrap-around extension is only suitable if you have space available at the side of your property. This style of extension creates an ‘L’ shape around the side and rear of your home and unlike rear extensions, doesn’t use as much garden space. Not only does this style bring more light into the home but it creates opportunities to connect the property with the garden as well as providing many design options that can add architectural flair to an existing building. As well as vaulted glass windows, you can add on finishes like wooden cladding to complement existing brick or render.
If you need a little extra space at front of your home, why not consider adding a front porch? A porch can act as an additional reception room, provide a space for coats and boots, and provide functional space for additional storage. If you are going to go for it, be creative! First impressions count and there are some beautiful options for porches and porticos to give your home much-needed functionality with a wow factor and that all-important kerb appeal. Like any extension, adding a porch can help to increase property value but can also help to increase home security.
TIP: Not sure what’s the best extension for your home? Why not arrange for a local estate agent to visit your property and provide you with some key information on what will add the most value to your home as well as the current buyer demand and ceiling price in your area, or give