More for less is how I would define these tiny two-month-long projects which would add diamonds to your house, not quite literally.
Find out the variations that you can choose as per your convenience from dining room, open plan kitchen or kitchen extension, living room, extra room, rear extensions, adding a side on ground floor and other side return extensions under permitted development.
A report from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggests that people with cluttered and unfinished living space tend to face more depression waves over the course of the day than those in orderly homes with a lot of natural light.
Even a small shift in your room or creating the right storage space can produce a lot of serotonin as you would have experienced. Such similar small home extensions are a good solution to boost not just your mood but also the house price with the perfect design ideas.
Upsizing not only reduces the stress of moving out with the baggage, but is a much cheaper option than shifting to a bigger property, according to the Architecture For London. Moreover, it provides an opportunity for you to create living space based on your choice, interests and needs.
The most important factor before planning an extension should be to center it around your goal to serve the purpose.
A few popular demands from the past include a more sociable kitchen, extra space for kids to play or office space with natural light during the pandemic. Based on the needs, we try to describe the most preferable options below:
- Kitchen extension
Adding extra space to your kitchen won’t just make a bigger room but will end up changing the entire vibes. For instance, a simple sliding door addition will give your kitchen a classy look and much more sunlight. It can be extended to your garden or use up the side space that leads to the backyard.
With skylights, huge windows, and sliding doors, you can create the best hangout space plus an open kitchen for your family to enjoy with your designed bookshelves to read from.
The rear extension can cover the extra space from the side, utilising the ground floor and sunlight to its max usage.
- Side extension
It is the simplest, cheapest and quickest extension including the material and labour costs. One of the most known adaptations of this is a conservatory, mainly constructed of glass. It is the closest experience to being outdoors while staying in your cozy blanket.
A perfect place for you and your plants to spend the weekend with the best furniture and people. Additionally, you won’t need heating here on sunny days as the glass will allow a great amount of sunlight, raising and maintaining a warm environment on the inside.
- Loft Conversion
Whether you are looking for a personalised gym, or a home theatre away from the regular noisy corners of the room, you can extend your loft with modern amenities like floor heating and soundproof walls.
There are numerous possibilities for extension based on your roof structure and height which we have explained in another article.
The one shown in the picture here is a roof extension which comes with a lot of open space, hence, less building cost.
- Garden Room Extension
It is a bit different than the other extensions as this is completely detached from your main building and is usually built consuming your backyard space. The stand-alone building will have the same insulation system like any other room of your house.
This room has indefinite possibilities to convert into anything you want from a studio to a gaming room or a yoga/ dance room.
Garden Extension will have minimum impact on your daily schedule with the building activities taking place outside and hence is one of the favourites amongst our clients. It is the most flexible part of the house if structured, used and maintained nicely.
- Garage Conversion
Garages are not always available for conversions, it mainly depends if you have sufficient on-street parking space. But with more and more parking space on streets, garage conversion is in high demand. It has the advantage of having a separate entrance or the same.
An attached garage makes the floor plan and your living space bigger where you can fit a single or double bedroom depending on its size. It can be customised on the inside with added separations and completely different interior, giving the garage a homely gesture.
On the other hand, a detached garage is easy to expand with minimum disturbance in the living routine, keeping the noise and the damage away.
How can we be helpful in this process?
It is not impossible to extend without professional help, but it is advisable to have an expert opinion to invest money smartly in the right space within permitted development. The right professional can explain and suggest the most effective extension depending on your house structure and the area you live in to boost the property value.
The material and labor cost would be kept to the minimum and more sustainable construction methods would be used. For instance, capturing solar energy to keep the house warm and bright, using minimum insulation in places to have maximum impact and other sustainable tips that a regular person with basic knowledge might not know.
More technical parts are dealt with rightly when the building is planned prior to building. The building displays active ventilation, breathable material to allow moisture to pass through the blocks and sewage waste solution if the extension includes an additional bathroom.