5 Ways to Extend your Home
& create more useable space
We can find ourselves completely out of space in our homes very quickly indeed.
Nowadays, space is at a premium forcing us all to be smarter with what room we have available to us. Life forces us to accumulate more ‘stuff’ as we grow, which leaves us with very little space to actually ‘live’.
A change in circumstances, such as starting your own company or having a baby, can mean that you feel left with very little option but to take the plunge into buying a larger and often more expensive home. So, before you start boxing up your belongings – take a look at our 5 way to create space at home or extend your home without moving – and why we believe a garden room could be your best route.
At Green Retreats, we like to think outside of the box – offering a garden building solution that outshines the rest. Let us shed some light on why we believe this to be the case (excuse the pun).
5 Ways to Create Space at Home
1. Build a Conservatory
Building a conservatory is very popular and traditional option for people adding more space at home, with 18% of households in Britain already having one. However, the Which? guide to buying a conservatory highlights that this option isn’t as straightforward as you might think. The statistics show that 44% of people who have had a conservatory built admit that they would have done something differently if they could go back and do it again. It doesn’t take long for a conservatory to appear in disrepair and require further investment in both time and money to bring it back round from its tired state.
2. Garage Conversion
If you are lucky enough to have a garage and have suitable other safe parking options, there is the option to convert your garage to create more space. Nowadays, space is at a premium – with many new build properties not even having a garage. If you do convert your garage, you are removing a space from your home as well as adding one, with a garage often being a highly desirable feature when selling a house. With this in mind, you could be de-valuing your property and put off any future buyers.
3. Loft Conversion
Loft conversions are famously expensive and intrusive in your home whilst the work is being done. Having a loft that can have the correct access and internal room heights is unlikely, meaning that a lot of work is generally required to the existing house to allow for a successful loft conversion and to comply to building regs. Average costs are quite high, and work generally takes between 4-6 weeks on site.
Building an extension on your home can be more stressful than moving, and can cost a whole lot more too! Not to mention the stress involved if you are still planning to live on site whilst the work is being carried out. Building Control sign off and Building Regs approval will all be required for extensions, which adds time and money to the project too. Extending your home if the space allows is often highly beneficial to the re-sale value of your home, so long as the work is high quality and compliments the existing property.
5. Garden Room
If you have even just a little bit of space in the garden, a quality built garden room could be the perfect space creating solution. Hassle free, cost-effective and contemporary; a garden room makes a modern alternative to traditional home extension methods listed above.
As a stand-alone structure, a garden room provides separation from the distractions of home; creating a private space to relax, focus and get creative.
Architecturally beautiful and finished in natural materials, a Green Retreats garden room is hand crafted to perfection to provide a stunning addition to your home and garden with a range of designs and size to choose from. What’s more, our garden rooms are premium insulated for use all year-round, allowing you to make the most of your new added space even in the colder winter months. A solid investment that can also add value to your property, our garden rooms come with a 10-year guarantee for that extra peace-of-mind. We use only premium grade materials throughout our buildings from industry leading suppliers; such as Pilkington, Rehau & Rock-Wool – names that supply to high-end luxury home builds.
Designed to your specification and installed on-site within only 1-5 days depending on options chosen means that we are minimally invasive on your day-to-day running life whilst you are extending.
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Our garden rooms are priced based on the internal sizes rather than the exterior footprint, making it easier for you to plan your work space. A commercial unit from Green Retreats could end up saving you a fortune from the costs of renting a workspace alone. The price includes base, installation and VAT so there are no (nasty) surprises when it comes to final payment.