Many Londoners nowadays struggles with insufficient space for their family within their properties. Moving to another home can be frustrating and not always affordable therefore house extensions are more and more popular. It is a great way to maximise the space and increase the value of the property.
Main types of the home extensions are following.
- Single storey side or rear extensions
- Double or multiple storey extensions
- Garage conversions and extensions
- Loft conversions
- Basement conversions
- Outbuilding, orangeries and conservatories
Lets take a closer look at first three of them which are the most popular ways of transforming ground floor of the property..
Single storey side or rear extension
As its name says this type of extension only takes up to one storey and usually is at the rear or on the side of the property. Single storey rear extensions are the most popular ones as they open up the house and connect it with the garden. People who decide to go with this type usually have a garden in the rear part of their houses and they can afford to lose a little bit of it for the sake of extending their home by few meters. Bi-fold doors, which are often being used for this type of extension, literally bring the outdoors in. The design can vary from flat roof to pitched tiled roof. Even though pitched roof often looks better and lasts longer you need to consider access to heights where maintenance is needed and in this case flat roof might be a better choice, take in account that this is also conditioned by the overall design of the house.
Double or multi storey house extensions
This type of extensions opens up the potential of the rooms not only on the ground floor but also on the other floors. Depending on the size you can either enlarge existing rooms or create totally new rooms.
These very popular types of extensions unfortunately often come with many issues regarding planning approvals. As these types of transformations will go higher than a single storey it is important to think about the way it will affect neighbouring properties. Property type and overall design are the key facts that attention must be paid to. Extension must not cause any serious loss of sunlight to rooms and gardens of adjoining properties. Another important facts are that designed of the new part of the house must match the existing property and fit into character of the neighbourhood that means – match the materials used, roof form and same type of windows and doors. It also cannot dominate the property.
Garage conversions and or garage extensions
Garages nowadays are rarely used for their main purpose – storing cars. It is often a place full of not really needed stuff and the pile just keeps getting bigger. Why not to turn it into the living space and increase the value of the house? Great thing about it is that by converting your garage you can avoid loosing the garden space that would be lost doing rear extension. The main question comes whether the garage is attached or detached from the house. Both can be turned into the living space, although detached garages might need a planning permission. The new spaces created from garages are then often used as home offices, kitchen extensions, and home gyms or kids playrooms.