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The Different Forms Of Home Extensions

31st July 2019

Space can swiftly become scarce in your home. With growing families and needing extra space for things like home-run businesses, home extensions may be your only option that accommodates for needing added living space.

Why Extend Your Home?

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 live.

With so many methods of home expansion available nowadays, it can be tricky to decide on one that suits you, as well as the layout of your property. Another thing to consider is that some forms of home extensions can be quite intrusive. Having to alter the existing structure of your home is a large scale project and can interrupt your everyday life. These are all things to consider when deciding on which way you extend your home. So, before you start boxing up your belongings – take a look at these alternative ways to create space at home or extend your home without moving – and why we believe a garden room could be your best route.

Build a Conservatory

Building a conservatory is a 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 lose its sparkly new and shiny composure. Appearing in disrepair and requiring further investment in both time and money to bring it back around from its tired state.

Not only this, but finding the optimum temperature in your conservatory can prove difficult. With the materials it is made from it can be hard to retain heat very well, but can also become very hot during the warm summer months.

Garage Conversion

If you are lucky enough to have a garage or designated parking spaces, there is the option to convert your garage to create more living space. With space being a premium, many new build properties do not come equipped with a garage. If you decide on converting your garage, you are removing already existing space from your home as well as adding one. Garages are typically a desired component of a property with potential buyers. With this in mind, you could be devaluing your property and put off any future buyers.

Loft Conversion

Loft conversions are branded expensive and can also be the most intrusive form of conversion in your home whilst work is being carried out. Having a loft that can have the correct access and internal room heights is dependant on the layout of your home, 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 end up costing a 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 all home extensions, which can end up prolonging the process and making the excitement of having new home space become tedious. Extending your home if it is approved is often highly beneficial to the resale value of your home, as long as the work is high quality and compliments the existing property.

Garden Room

In even the smallest garden size or layout, a garden pod could be the perfect space creating solution. Hassle-free, cost-effective and contemporary, a garden room makes a modern, quirky alternative as opposed to the traditional home extension methods that we previously mentioned.

As a stand-alone structure, a garden room provides complete separation from the distractions of home; creating a private space to relax, focus and get creative.

Architecturally beautiful and finished in natural materials, our garden rooms are handcrafted to perfection. It provides a stunning addition to your home and garden with a wide range of designs and sizing options 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 coldest winter months. A solid investment that can also add value to your property, this new innovative way of creating added home space, is an exciting product that is popping up on potential home buyers radars much more frequently in recent years.

 garden room bar space with sofa and television area

Our garden rooms come with a 10-year guarantee for that extra peace-of-mind. Using only premium grade materials in the construction of our buildings from industry-leading suppliers; such as Pilkington, Rehau & Rock-Wool – brands that supply to high-end luxury home builds.

Designed to your picked specification and installed on-site within a 1-5 day window. Dependant on options chosen the installation is minimally invasive, meaning that you can continue your day to day life without any interruption.

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The versatility of our garden rooms means that they accommodate all purposes. Whether you wish to expand your business from home, you want a new office space, or even an outdoor cinema room, we can cater to all needs. With fully functioning electrics, water and insulation you can construct a garden room to your preferences.

You can request our free brochure and site survey here, or why not get in touch by filling in our contact form.

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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.

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