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Extending Your Home For 2020 : A Guide

11th December 2019

Extending your home makes a huge difference, and completely changes the way you live with additional home space. There is an abundance of uses for home extensions. Whether you’re expanding your home business, you need extra living space, or you want to make room for a hobby! The reasons for home expansion vary, but no matter the purpose, it is important that if you decide on adding extra space to your home that it is done correctly.

What Are The Benefits Of Extending Your Home?

Home expansion comes hand in hand with numerous benefits, one of them being the most obvious – more space for whatever use you need. Not only this, but it adds more value to your property. The reason for this being, the more space your home has to offer, the more useful it is to someone else. As well as this it gives homeowners in the future the option to renovate their property or give growing families the chance to expand.

Increasing the living space in your home improves you and your family’s quality of life. If you have young children, and you add extra space to your home in order to make room for a playroom, they then can play undisturbed and independently – and ensuring the hurricane of mess and toys don’t make their way into your home! As a homeowner, extending your home can give you the peace and quiet you need by adding your own retreat.

Or if your struggling to find room for your expanding business, one of the most popular reasons for home expansion is to create a home office or suitable business environment. So the real question is what way should you extend your home? There are various different home extension methods that differ in suitability based on the whereabouts and layout of your home.

Types Of Home Extensions

Garden Rooms

One of the most upcoming forms of home expansion is garden rooms. Continually rising in popularity, they’re becoming more and more of a must-have for properties. The foremost choice about opting for a garden room is that they offer so much opportunity for customisation and personalisation. Unlike home extensions, they do not have to be attached to your existing property.

Allowing more privacy and acting as a retreat rather than just a standard home extension. Not only this, but they’re built to last. With awful British weather, it is exceedingly important that our products are durable and able to take the force from the harsh British weather. Using only the finest quality materials, our garden rooms are manufactured right here at our factory, they’re also installed by our professional installations team. Our garden houses handle impact from the elements just as well as your home can. We often asked how our buildings stay inline with a level temperature. Insulation is crucial to keeping any space or room at a steady temperature. Throughout cold weather especially, it’s important that your space can stay warm and at a consistent temperature. Our garden rooms include insulation in the initial pricing and come with an oil-filled free-standing radiator for an extra heat boost during Winter.

garden room against fence in garden

The reason garden rooms are rising in popularity tends to be down to their versatility. Not only this, but it replicates a home extension without the hassle of gaining planning permission. If you wanted a luxury retreat or extra living space but do not have the required measurements available at the side of your home or in the front of your garden, you can have your retreat hidden away for utmost privacy. We always like to reiterate to our clients that they are not limited to what they can achieve in terms of design options when it comes to installing a garden room. As we previously mentioned, electrical outlets are installed into all buildings for lighting fixtures and appliances, meaning you are never limited to what you can transform your garden room into. You can add wallpaper to your building, although we would recommend conversing with your installers before you do this. Other than this your design options are limitless and any design or style is achievable.

Loft Conversion

Loft conversions are one of the most costly home expansion options. The process involves converting your loft space and making room for added living areas. Loft extensions can be difficult for a handful of homeowners. The way some properties are constructed and laid out, a loft extension can be difficult to achieve. In most properties loft space is used as storage space. If you intend to use your loft conversion for sleeping and as a living area then we suggest researching into it beforehand. Lofts often have slopes, dips and unlevel measurements mainly in the ceiling. This can make moving in furniture of finding a bedroom layout that you’re satisfied with perverse. We also recommend taking into account who is going to be moving into your new loft space. If it’s an elderly relative or a family member or friends that struggles with mobility, an elevated home addition like a loft conversion may not be the best choice of home expansion for you.

One thing that is a necessity when investing in a loft conversion is the stairs. Often forgotten about, this is one of the most common reasons homeowners opt against having a loft conversion. A staircase is needed for access to your loft conversion. This cannot be a hatch with ladder and must be professionally installed. Once you get your plans for your loft conversion, dependant on the layout of your home it can be difficult to find a suitable place for a big set of stairs.

Home Extension

Another popular form of space addition is a standard home extension. Not only are these costly, but they involve a much longer planning and construction process than most methods of home expansion. All home extensions that require construction work to add building works to your existing property will need planning permission. Planning permission can be difficult to obtain if you have a certain property layout or you have limited space available. As well as this, if your neighbours are unhappy, they can object your request for planning permission or appeal to stall the process entirely.
Overall if you’re looking for added living space without the hassle of extensive planning and obtaining documents like planning permission, a home extension is unlikely to be your best bet. Although there are plenty of alternatives to add extra space to your property so do not be disheartened!

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Constructing a conservatory also doesn’t require planning permission, although they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs they can be customised. Although they are not the most popular form of home extension.

A prominent flaw of a conservatory is its poor ability to retain a steady temperature. Conservatory owners often complain that although it is a great way of bringing the garden inside during the summer months – it often becomes too hot. During the Winter conservatories are often unusable as they have no insulation and become extremely cold. Heating them with no way to retain the heat would be significantly expensive.

Not only this but they are no very private for those who live in built-up residential areas. If you have high walls or you do not live directly next door to someone you can avoid this issue. However, for those who had semi-detached homes or live in built-up areas and estates, you could end up with the entire street having full visibility of your entire conservatory. Because they’re made out of glass and either aluminium or UPVC they definitely aren’t the number one solution if its privacy you’re after.

Enquire About Our Garden Rooms Today

If you like the sound of our garden rooms and have an interest in finding out more about our extensive range of products, please feel free to contact us today! We have a variety of products that range in design options, sizing and layout.

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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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