Although a kitchen extension is a fabulous way to create a space within your home where the family can gather, while at the same time boosting the value of your property and giving you extra living space, it is not the only way you can increase the size and worth of your home.
Here we list further home extension solutions offered by Touchstone Extensions.
Usually a porch is a small home extension fitted around the front door of the house, but you do not need to limit the size of the porch, and some home owners choose to have a larger extension built to the side of the front door, on onto the rear of the house. As a porch is not designed as living space but rather as storage for bicycles, outdoor footwear and coats etc, it is usually a simple structure consisting of four walls, a ceiling, a door and perhaps windows. You can of course opt to also add electrical fittings such as a light and a socket.
As porches are typically small extensions they do not usually require planning permission, although this is not always the case.
Another popular way to increase living space in a home at a reasonable cost is to build a structure known as a conservatory. Conservatories are usually built from UPVC, a strong but lightweight plastic, although you can also choose a conservatory made from wood or aluminium. Depending on the area you live and the size of the conservatory you would like, planning permission may or may not be required.
Single Storey Extension
A single storey extension is a home extension that adjoins the existing property on ground floor level only. A single story extension is an ideal solution for a home office, a playroom, or for additional storage space.
As with porches and conservatories, planning permission for a single storey home extension is not always required, although building control approval which you can apply for online is usually a must.
The main considerations when constructing a single story extension are the effects the extension will have on your neighbours. We also look at position of your drains and flues, and how a single storey extension would work with the existing roof before deciding the best position for the extension.
Two Storey Extension
A multi-storey extension is the same concept as a single-storey extension with an additional floor. Due to the height of a two-storey extension, planning permission is usually required and the position of the neighbouring homes will be taken into consideration. In rare cases it is possible to build a two-storey extension without planning permission, although this is not often the case.
Loft extensions are becoming increasingly popular among home owners who need additional space for growing families. Moving can be extremely expensive when you take into consideration the costs involved with buying a larger home, as well as solicitor and estate agent fees.
A loft extension not only gives you valuable additional space, but it also adds on average around 20% of the value of your property.
When you consider loft space is often approximately 25% to 30% of the existing space in the home that usually only houses junk and possibly a water cistern, it seems irrational to let this space go to waste.
The cost of a loft extension depends largely on the type of extension you choose. Maybe you want a home office or storage space, which makes the loft relatively cheap to convert. However if you would like an additional bedroom or two with an en suite bathroom, this will be somewhat more expensive.
Loft extension cost will also depend on the type of rafters used in the construction of the house. For example, a rooflight or Velux conversion involves simply adding skylights to the existing roof, which is a lot cheaper than a Mansard Loft Conversion where the entire roof structure has to be rebuilt.
To discuss the various possibilities of extending your home get in touch with us today. Our home extension expert will call you back to arrange a visit at your convenience, when he will advise you on the best type of extension to suit your existing property and budget.