Extending your home, and if done right, is an opportunity to not only tailor it to your needs but also increase its market value.
It is not uncommon, over time, to feel that your property is lacking something. It probably may have succumbed to wear and tear, or the family may have outgrown it; whatever the reason, a few upgrades such as extending the home can be done. You have different viable options worth considering.
Surprisingly, opting to do minor renovations and moving so that you sell the property is also an open option worth considering. However, if such a thing is a daunting proposition, then the most viable solution is to invest a bit of your money and time into doing an extension. Such an upgrade should be nothing but pure value addition to your property. So, what are some of the top options for such a renovation, check out this guide from antique restorer, The Abbey Group?
1. A Conservatory
If you are thinking more along the lines of something that is less complicated to build and offers flexibility when it comes to use, then a conservatory is an excellent option. Conservatories are cost-effective upgrades for a home extension project, as long as, the build is quality.
What you put up should last decades and be in use, be it day or night. It can be a glass structure. This means you will have something that adds significant value to your property. If that is your choice, consider using toughened glass. The glass conservatories are often seen as lifestyle-enhancing extensions.
For the conservator project, hire a reputable company that is registered with and recognised by the relevant authorities such as the FENSA or Glass and Glazing Federation. Above all, ensure that the contractor will provide a service and product guarantee for the materials used for the conservatory. Also, consider having a structure that can be used all year round, that keep warm in the winter months and cool during summer.
2. A Side Extension
If you have a semi-detached house that managed to have its original kitchen, what you have is a room that is separate from the dining or living room. More often than not, it is a room that is more of a rear projection of the building and is referred to as an outrigger or closet wing. With such a projection, what you have for your backyard is an L-shaped garden and a redundant strip of land (side return) that stretches on the side of your house.
Such a layout is dated and will not work in this century. As such, people with such property are opting to extend the kitchen into the side return. The often-unused space is reclaimed and turned into an open-plan kitchen or even a dining space or family room. The new addition does not take up much of the garden.
For the lucky few whose properties have the side return extensions considered as permitted development, they do not have to seek home renovations permissions, although they to be expected to satisfy certain criteria. But building regulations dictate that all side return extensions should get the necessary approvals, and these are not the same as planning permission. They are designed to set design and construction standards that ensure safety. As such, the extension design should include precise calculations done by a certified structural engineer and must be submitted along with the drawings for approval.
The application via the local authority can be done overseeing building and construction control services, where you can submit a building notice or a full plans application.
3. A Rear Extension
Adding a single-story rear extension is also another way of creating more space and increasing the value of your property. The successful integration of such installation requires the expertise of the right professionals who will handle the project from start to finish. As simple as single-story rear extensions may be to put up, the smallest of mistakes can be the start of stress and costly delays.
So, your first objective is to find a good and experienced builder. You can inquire from family and friends or ask different builders for references. Remember to do background checks on all the recommendations you get. Check out their past projects to see if they will be able to handle your project, and ask questions.
Think twice about hiring a contractor that considers a rear extensions project as plain sailing. The project will have to follow some legal steps. Moreover, a small mistake and be a costly error.