There may come a time when you decide that your home doesn’t really work for you anymore. What was once perfect now feels too small, too outdated — it no longer suits your lifestyle and preferences. If this is the case, you might want to think about a home extension — it’s the perfect opportunity to tailor your home to fit your needs while boosting your house’s value in the long run. With an extension, you can remain in the same location without having to deal with the chaos that accompanies uprooting your family.
Below, we’ll explore the most popular home extension design ideas trending in 2019. Whether you decide to go for a loft extension or a conservatory, Ploughcroft can help you make the right decision for your property and your family.
Before we go on to explore the trending home extensions, let’s first define what a home extension actually is.
An extension is a term used to describe any form of expansion made to a property. This can range from the addition of a few square feet to a double-storey addition. Generally, extensions can range from £1,000 to £1,600 per square metre for the building works — which makes them quite an investment. With that in mind, you should have a very clear idea of what you want and the value that it will add before you press ahead.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a clear-cut question to answer. The value added to your property by an extension will vary considerably depending on the size and quality of your extension. Generally, estate agents calculate the value of your home based on its number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the floor area. With the right firm, a good-quality extension costing £30,000 can add more than £50,000 to your home.
Discover our six home extension ideas that will help to boost your house’s value.
One popular way people decide to add value (as well as more living space) to a single-storey house is by adding a rear extension. This is a great option to consider — it can open up your home and allow the possibility of a further bedroom, a bathroom or a playroom for your children.
Remember, for a rear extension to be successful, you need to find the right home renovators. Though a rear extension is fairly straightforward, you will want to hire someone who can help you with the legal steps you must follow. Always ask for references and ask plenty of questions to ensure they know what you are looking for. Even the smallest error can prove to be hugely stressful and costly.
Conservatories are relatively quick to build, as well as being a cost-efficient way to extend your home, as long as you get the right build type. They also represent great value — should you decide to sell your home, your buyers will see a glass conservatory extension as a lifestyle-enhancing space. After all, what’s better than sitting in a bright, airy room in the summer months? According to the RICS, a modern conservatory can increase the value of your home by 5%.
If you like the idea of extending your home but you don’t have much outdoor space, you can always extend upwards. Most lofts are unused and unusable, so it makes sense to use this space and extend on the available space in your house. A loft extension could create some great extra living space. It could also make an excellent children’s play area or home office. Furthermore, research from Nationwide Building Society has shown that a loft extension can increase your property’s value by a remarkable 20%!
A two-storey extension will give you lots of extra space while boosting the value of your home. It is also a cost-effective option, as the average cost per square metre is reduced by stretching the expensive elements of the foundations and roof over a larger area. Some even decide to build an extra storey over an existing single-storey structure. If you’re in need of some inspiration, there are plenty of resources for beautiful double-storey design ideas.
A wrap-around extension is a rear extension combined with a side extension, resulting in a large L-shaped space that circles your home and creates a large living space on both sides. This is a popular choice for people who want to gain as much rear space as possible without giving up too much of their garden. Wrap-arounds are also a great opportunity to use up any dead space in your home’s alleyway. Other people use wrap-around extensions to open up their kitchen areas and bring more light into their homes.
A side extension allows you to reclaim space and use it to create a family room or open-plan kitchen. Extending your house to the side, rather than at the back, can be a smart and efficient way to maximise your living area. There are a number of ways to use side extensions — some people decide to choose complementary materials to their existing house, while others contrast for an eye-catching look. Check out Pinterest for some inspirational side extension ideas.
If you’re looking to expand and invest in an extension, Ploughcroft can help you achieve your vision. We will provide you with a full detailed quotation for your entire project, manage all work on the project from start to finish and provide you with a high-quality service at a competitive cost. Home extensions don’t need to be a stressful experience — we’ll make sure you enjoy every minute of your journey.
Call us for a free estimate on your home renovation and home extension projects. Every member of our team is dedicated and committed to delivering the best customer service possible while ensuring you’re happy with the finished result.