Possibly as a result of increasing house prices, many people are finding themselves short on space yet reluctant to move. If you find that you’re among them, building an extension could be the solution.
However, not all homes are formatted in a way that welcomes an ordinary expansion, either because of their proximity to neighbouring properties, or due to other factors that could cause problems when it comes to planning permission, complicating building work or simply spoiling the look of the property.
Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that extending is impossible; all it means is that you have to get creative. Here are just a few innovative ways to increase the floor space in your home…
Most of us don’t take full advantage of our loft space – it’s no more than a place to store the Christmas decorations, old family photo albums and boxes of junk that we’ll never even look at again. However, if you take the time to think about it, many lofts may be well suited to being transformed into living quarters, as they’re large and have the potential to become light and airy with the addition of a window or two. They could also provide a cost-effective option when it comes to extending your home, as parts of the structure – i.e. the roof, walls and floor – are already in place.
Another way to extend your home upwards is to add a rooftop garden. Such a garden could be as simple as adding a few planters to your roof or as complicated as adding a green roofing system. Not only does a rooftop garden add more area to your living space, if you go with a green roofing, it can save you energy on heating and cooling your home. In fact, according to the pros at Art Construction, “homeowners who have installed cool roofs save an average of 10 to 50 percent on their annual energy bills
Open Up Your Home
Sometimes, it’s not about adding floor space to your home, but simply freeing up what’s already there. One of the simplest ways to expand your property is to knock through some of the walls and unearth the space that they’re covering. Admittedly, this doesn’t work in every home, and may not always be in keeping with the style and character of your property, but in some cases it’s a simple solution for making your home look and feel larger.
Make Use of Your Garden
It’s not only simple sheds that gardens are able to house. Today, garden offices and studios are growing in popularity. These are fantastic for those who work from home and want to escape the hustle and bustle of inside without leaving the vicinity. They can also make fantastic playrooms for children, or dens for teens. As these don’t necessitate any structural changes to your property, many of them do not require planning permission, making the process of extending your home much more straightforward. You could even install electricity, heating and broadband so that you get all the modern perks of home plus the peace of the great outdoors.
Like lofts, basements are a highly underrated commodity. They can be as large as the whole floor plan of the house, and some of them are well built, warm and dry without the need for additional building work. Although less well suited to use as bedrooms than loft space, their dark, private interiors can make the perfect underground office, play space or games room.
Things to Consider
Although these handy ideas may seem much simpler, cheaper and less stressful than building an ordinary extension, there are still a few things to consider before you decide to convert.
- Will you require planning permission?
- Do you have the finances to cover the project? If not, will you be able to secure funding through another source, such as a loan from a company like Nemo Personal Finance. If this is a possibility, can you afford to cover the repayments as Nemo Loans are secured on your home?
- Are you prepared to live with temporary disruption in your home?
- Will the extension you choose suit your purposes?
- Could the amount of money you spend be recouped by an increase in the value of your home?
- Would it be more cost-effective or practical to move home rather than converting your existing property?
Each of these points should be carefully considered before you make any final decisions. However, if your consideration leads you to believe that one of these innovative extensions is for you, all that’s left is to start planning your new space.
This article was provided by http://www.Greentank.co.uk
Originally posted 2015-01-09 13:27:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter