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How to Extend Your Home

When you extend your property, you basically have the ability to tailor it according to how you want it to look and you also increase the value of your home. We will now explore some of the ways in which you can do so.

It is quite common to determine that your home is no longer working in the way that it should anymore. In many cases, your family could have outgrown it, or the layout is simply outdated or not suitable to your current lifestyle. No matter what your reasons may be, there are still lots of options to consider. One of your options includes moving, but you may not want to do so especially if you have grown fond of the area or you have kids that are happy and settled in their school. Instead of moving, an extension of your home may be a better option since it will provide you with an improved home that suits your needs while remaining in a location that you enjoy living in. We shall now explore a few ways that you can extend your home so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your lifestyle.

1. Side Extension

If you have a house that still has its original kitchen, then the chances are quite high that it is a separate room away from the living room and it is in the closet wing or the outrigger of the home. This projection basically creates an L shaped piece of land that is available at the side of your home. Unfortunately, this type of layout does not really work for modern day living and is the reason why the majority of homeowners extend the kitchen into this space and reclaim it. By doing so, it is possible to have a modern and more open plan style of kitchen that doesn’t sacrifice much of your garden.

Some additional good news is that the side return extension is a permitted development which basically means that you won’t need to get any additional planning permissions once the extension fulfils particular criteria. In Surrey, all side return extensions need to have aerial photography of Surrey properties and approval due to the building regulations. This side extension approval is different since there are standards which are created to ensure safety. As a result, your design will probably need to have structural engineer’s calculations which will need to be submitted along with the drawings. This will become a part of the building regulation application. You can put in this application for approval from the local authority building control.

2. Rear Extension

Another way that you can extend your home and improve its value is to create a rear end extension. In order to create this successfully, you will need to have the right people on the job. Even though most single-storey rear extensions are simple to construct, any small mistake that occurs can have a disastrous effect by adding additional cost, stress and delay.

It is best to start the process by finding a good builder and you can call your friends and family members to get some recommendations. You should definitely ask for recommendations from any builder that you like and are keen on hiring. You should always have a close look at the projects that they have worked on and be sure to ask lots of questions.

Even though building an extension of your home may seem easy and straightforward, that doesn’t mean it will actually be easy. There are a couple of legal steps that will need to be done and actually building these single storey extensions can be stressful since they are typically prone to errors which are quite costly.

3. Build a Conservatory

You can build a conservatory in your home and it is usually quick and easy to do so. They are also very cost effective once you do the build properly and get it right the first time. A good conservatory can be used during both the day and the night and a glass extension will undoubtedly add a great deal of value to your home. However, be sure to hire a very reputable company and one that is registered with FENSA.