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House Extensions Buyers Guide

An extension to your home can add value and curb appeal when you come to sell. It can also be a great alternative to moving. Moving home can be expensive; there are solicitor fees, stamp duty, removal costs and estate agent fees to consider, not to mention new furniture that may be needed. An extension to your home will create more space without the stress and cost of moving. There are so many extensions to consider, whether you want a single or double storey extension, an orangery, a conservatory, a loft, cellar or garage extension or a few simple interior alterations, the list is endless and it can turn your existing home into the space you desire.

We have listed a few extensions that you may like to consider.

Loft and cellar conversions

The structures of these rooms are already in place, which means that converting this space should be straight forward and take little time. Converting your loft or cellar can create extra space and may help to increase the property value on your home.

Single storey conversions

Choosing a single storey conversion is a great way of adding extra space to your home. Whether you want a new or extended kitchen, living area or family room, building a single storey extension will certainly create the extra room you desire.

Double storey conversions

The good news is that double storey conversions aren’t much more expensive than a single storey. A double storey extension will create more space both downstairs and upstairs. So if an extra bedroom, along with a bigger living space is a necessity then this might just be the choice for you.

A conservatory

Conservatories are very common as they are the most affordable. They help to create an extra living space, which is used predominately during the summer months. Conservatories can be built as large as the space permits and requires a lot less building work, meaning they can be erected faster than a rear or side extension and aren’t so intrusive on your day to day living.

An orangery extension

An orangery extension is a combination of a traditional extension and a conservatory. They are a fantastic choice for a single storey rear extension. They are typically built with a central glazed area to the roof but a solid area around it. Despite these extensions being quite unusual, they are growing in popularity due to the amount of extra space and natural light that is created. These types of extensions are ideal for those wishing to extend a kitchen area or add a little extra living space to the back of the property. An orangery extension is a contemporary way of extending your kitchen or dining area and can be used all year round.

If you have decided to extend part of your home you may like to consider how this will affect your neighbours. Extensions should not take an excessive amount of light from neighbouring properties and town planners will take this into account when granting planning permission. Reduction of light isn’t the only thing you need to consider when it comes to your neighbours. If their property is suddenly overlooked by your extension or if there is any encroachment onto their property, or building works do not take place in suitable hours of the day, these can all cause problems and may delay your extension. It is far better to make sure that all building works and extensions adhere to the town planning regulations before any work is carried out.

A reputable company will make sure that neighbours are taken into consideration along with any sewage and drainage issues that may occur. They will also make sure any town planning policies and building regulations are met, and any planning permission that may be required has been approved by the local authority. 

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