Home Improvements: A Guide to Extending your Living Space

If you’re the head of a growing family and space is rather limited, you will likely be thinking about extending the home, which is usually a better idea than selling up and relocating to a larger property. Of course, there are many ways that you can extend your home, which we outline in this article.

  • Bricks and Mortar Extension – This is the traditional way to extend your living space and by using similar materials, the extension won’t look out of place. As far as fixtures and fittings go, check out SQD's manufactured electrical products for sale, which are essential for safety. When searching for a local builder, make sure you choose one that has extensive experience building add-ons and they would be happy to design the ideal extension.
  • Modular Buildings – There are companies that fabricate modular units to the customer’s specifications and the great thing about these units is they can be located at any part of your property, rather than being attached to the main home. Perfect for a home office, an extra bedroom, or even a man cave. Click here for information about steel siding, which is a very attractive way to protect the exterior.
  • Glass Conservatory – This is very popular and with hermetically sealed double-glazed units, you can enjoy optimum thermal insulation. Tinted glass is another option and if the conservatory is attached to the home, you can blend your garden with your indoor relaxation space. If you would like to learn more about glass conservatories, search online for a leading company that focuses on glass conservatories and they would be happy to design and quote for the project.
  • Container Extensions – There are companies that take empty containers and turn them into stunning living spaces and all you need to do in terms of preparation is prepare a concrete base with utility connections. The unit would be refurbished in the supplier’s factory and on an agreed date, the container(s) would be lifted into place and once utilities are connected, your new living space is ready for occupation.
  • Loft/Basement Conversion – Perhaps the cheapest option, as the shell is already in place and you only need internal cladding and some renovations. Talk to a local builder who has loft conversion experience and ask them to draw up plans and quote for the entire project.

Planning Permission

Of course, any building plans must be submitted to the local authority and subsequently passed, which is something the local builder can assist you with. It might be that a loft conversion does not need to be approved, as the building lines are not affected by the renovation, but any other type of extension would require permission from the local authority.

As you can see, there are several ways that you can add some living space to your home and once you have made up your mind, search online for a company that can complete the project. Whatever method you choose to upgrade your home, it will lead to a significant rise in the value.

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