Extending your home can provide you with the much needed or desired space that you want in your house without the hassle of uprooting and moving home, especially if you’re settled where you are. Extending your home will also add that extra value when it comes to selling and there are options to suit every budget! If you’re looking for inspiration on how to create more space, please find our top house extension ideas below.

Loft Conversion

Depending on the area of roof space available, a loft conversion is a great way to achieve more functional space and is often used to create a generously sized double bedroom, office or an extra lounge or chill out area. This is a great way to separate the hustle and bustle of busy households. Most loft conversions are allowed to go ahead under permitted development rights and therefore you’re not left feeling uncertain for weeks on end. A benefit to converting your loft is that you won’t have to sacrifice valuable garden space to achieve the desired extra space in your home.  

Above Garage Extension

An above garage extension is another cost-effective way to extend your home because a lot of the structural work and foundations have already been completed. A house with a double garage is usually the best option due to the space available, however, extending onto a single garage is still a possibility. It is worth checking the thickness of your garage walls to determine the solidity of their structure before starting works and ensuring that the garage is insulated to prevent heat from being transferred out.   

Garage Conversion

A garage conversion is one of the most cost-effective ways to ‘extend’ your home because the foundations and walls are already built. This saves you both time and money due to only having to make changes internally and reworking the space you already have. The disruption caused to your day to day routine is also likely to be minimal. Many types of garage conversions do not require planning permission and so works can generally start straight away. Similar to a loft conversion, converting your garage will prevent you from sacrificing garden space.

Single Storey Side Or Rear Extension

If you’re looking to achieve a more open plan look and feel to your home, then you may consider a single-story extension, either at the side of your property or the rear. This is a great way to achieve a larger kitchen, living or dining area. These types of extensions also offer the opportunity to flood your space with beautiful natural light. Deciding between a pitched or flat roof can also affect the feel of your space, with pitched roofs offering a ‘larger space’ feel and flat roofs being more thermally efficient. 

external view on an extension and workman tools

Conservatory or Orangery

Conservatories and orangeries can be designed in various different ways to complement the style of your house. Whether you’re looking for a period feature or something more modern and contemporary, they are a great way to extend your living space whilst also showcasing your beautiful garden. These structures are double glazed to ensure that the space is usable no matter the weather. Another thing to note is that oftentimes, conservatories are also considered a ‘permitted development’ saving you the hassle of asking and waiting for permission.

Build A Porch

Adding a porch to the front of your house is a great way to add character to your property. It also allows your pre-existing hallway space to be used more practically, such as for storage, whilst providing security benefits.

Cellar or Basement Conversion

If you don’t have room to extend above ground, why not extend beneath it. Perfect for those living in a built-up urban area, basement conversions are a brilliant way to achieve extra entertaining space. Basements are also usually closer to the main living areas, providing a better flow to your home and easier access to the most used rooms. Basement conversions usually also fall within permitted development, but it’s best to check with your local authority. 

How Can Atkins Home Improvements Help You?

For more home extension ideas, our expert team have created numerous extensions of all shapes and sizes over our successful years of trading. For information or advice on how to transform your home and add more value to your property or to request your free no-obligation quote, please get in touch by calling 01908 597933 or emailing us at info@atkinshomeimprovements.co.uk.

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