UK House Extension Ideas for 2022
by Jaemi Glancy on Mar 22, 2022
No matter the size of your current home or your budget, there’s always a way to reconfigure or extend the space you have to create a larger, more practical home for you and your family. Planning a house extension can be daunting, but every dream starts with a vision. With so many possibilities, begin simply with a few questions to help you narrow down your options.
How much do you have to spend?
Though many home extension ideas are certainly inspiring, cost is a limiting factor for most of us. Obviously, some renovations are more expensive than others, and if extra space is your main concern, then you’ll want to focus on total cost per additional square metre.
On the other hand, if you have more money to play with, you can have fun integrating a single storey open plan extension, or an elaborate side return extension, opening up the rear of your property to easily access your garden and patio areas.
Though more expensive, these kinds of extensions can radically alter the layout of a home, bring in more light, and completely transform the way you use the space.
What would you most like the extra space for?
Whether you’re a growing family squeezing in a little more room until you can move, or you’re wanting to tap into your forever home’s long-term potential, it’s worth asking yourself about the functionality of the extra space you’re creating. Extensions can completely change not only a house’s proportions, but your lifestyle – for better or worse.
For example, an orangery or conservatory extension can be fairly cost effective, but depending on your home’s orientation and your family’s habits, might get very little use during the year. On the other hand, a small, simple ground floor extension, a side extension or squaring off the rear of your property may drastically improve a space you use every day and end up being much better value.
In weighing up your options, you may discover that the best solution includes moving existing rooms and functions in your current layout, or using a clever internal reconfiguration to address a few concerns at once.
How can you work with what you already have?
When looking at home extension inspiration online, it can be tempting to picture how certain ideas could be transplanted into your own space – but be careful. The best home extension for you will be one that maximises what’s already in place. This will not only save you money, but also ensure that you’re maintaining architectural and structural integrity.
If you build a small semi-enclosed porch in front of a seldom used hallway, for example, you take advantage of unused space you already have, and ultimately pay for only half of the new room that this arrangement creates.
A double storey extension won’t take up much of your garden, but offers you double the bang for your buck with additional space on the ground floor as well as on the first floor, giving you the all important opportunity to create an ensuite master bedroom.
Settling on the right home extension or current layout reconfiguration can take patience and the willingness to think outside of the box – literally! Take your time with the planning and design process and don’t be afraid to seek out as much expert advice as possible to help you make your decision.
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