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Onwards, Upwards Or Outwards - Extending Your Home

It happens to the best of us; families grow, change and often outgrow the available space in the house. At the moment, with the poor state of the sluggish housing market, extending your home may be the most realistic option when your family needs change. In addition to adding the much needed houseroom extending upwards, downward or outwards can also add value to your home in the longer term, which makes the process an investment as well as a solution to space problems.  The Main Options There are four common options for creating an extra room or rooms; upwards into the attic, downwards into a cellar, outwards in the form of an extension, or outback in the form of a garden shed of the habitable variety. The four options will be determined by what is structurally possible and/or practical. In most cases an attic conversion can be a simple option but you’ll need to be sure that there is room to create a stairway or access to the new room. If you have an existing cellar this can also be an excellent way in which to extend. In both cases you’ll not need permission of the planning variety but there will be regulations to consider in terms of the building regulations.  Specific problems with damp, or rather damp-proofing, can make the burrowing option more expensive but it’s a great way to fully use the space available to you.  Locations and Needs Before calling in the nearest builder it’s worth considering what you need the space for. If you’re creating additional bedrooms then you may also need to consider additional bathrooms. This will require more detailed planning and thought than simply adding a room and will also be more expensive. For new nurseries, or additional rooms to house older relatives, it’s also important to ensure that access to the new room is simple and easy. Extensions and log houses located in the garden can be better options in some cases and may be the only option if you have no basement or the attic is simply not suitable.  Legal Technicalities When it comes to extensions you may need to consider permission to build. Depending on the size and location of the building it may be possible to avoid the need for formal permission but it’s worth contacting your local authority first to ensure you’ve the necessary permissions. Extensions need some basic thinking through in terms of location in relation to the existing property. A builder will be able to offer advice on the actual site and the best location for a new room. The position may also be partly determined by what the new room is going to be for. A bedroom or nursery may not be best placed next to a living room while new dining rooms or living rooms may need to be placed close to the existing kitchen.  The Affordable Option What were once known as garden sheds have somewhat come of age in recent years. No longer simply designed to be the repository of garden tools, as yet plant-less pots and various lethal chemicals, the garden shed has developed a whole new persona as the home working trend has taken off. Modern ‘garden sheds’ can, in fact, be small houses in their own right; complete with living and bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Of course, they can still be simply garden sheds, but with modern manufacturers building a whole range of habitable huts the possibilities are endless. In addition to the home office option, a teenage pad or a granny annex are all possible. In terms of planning and cost this option may well be the most attractive. Most firms offer planning permission free models (designed to cunningly negotiate red tape) while also creating larger versions which may need consent.  Delivered, installed and finished off in record time, not only does this option offer an affordable alternative, but also a very fast solution to changing needs for accommodation.  Sarah Fox is a writer who believes that by investing in available space in your current house, you can increase its value and save money on moving. When it comes to extensions she believes that modern garden sheds can offer some surprisingly versatile options.  (Photo Courtesy of Photoxpress)
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Onwards, Upwards Or Outwards - Extending Your Home

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It happens to the best of us; families grow, change and often outgrow the available space in the house. Here we explore the options for extending the space of your home.

It happens to the best of us; families grow, change and often outgrow the available space in the house. At the moment, with the poor state of the sluggish housing market, extending your home may be the most realistic option when your family needs change. In addition to adding the much needed houseroom extending upwards, downward or outwards can also add value to your home in the longer term, which makes the process an investment as well as a solution to space problems. 

The Main Options

There are four common options for creating an extra room or rooms; upwards into the attic, downwards into a cellar, outwards in the form of an extension, or outback in the form of a garden shed of the habitable variety. The four options will be determined by what is structurally possible and/or practical. In most cases an attic conversion can be a simple option but you’ll need to be sure that there is room to create a stairway or access to the new room. If you have an existing cellar this can also be an excellent way in which to extend. In both cases you’ll not need permission of the planning variety but there will be regulations to consider in terms of the building regulations.  Specific problems with damp, or rather damp-proofing, can make the burrowing option more expensive but it’s a great way to fully use the space available to you. 

Locations and Needs

Before calling in the nearest builder it’s worth considering what you need the space for. If you’re creating additional bedrooms then you may also need to consider additional bathrooms. This will require more detailed planning and thought than simply adding a room and will also be more expensive. For new nurseries, or additional rooms to house older relatives, it’s also important to ensure that access to the new room is simple and easy. Extensions and log houses located in the garden can be better options in some cases and may be the only option if you have no basement or the attic is simply not suitable. 

Legal Technicalities

When it comes to extensions you may need to consider permission to build. Depending on the size and location of the building it may be possible to avoid the need for formal permission but it’s worth contacting your local authority first to ensure you’ve the necessary permissions. Extensions need some basic thinking through in terms of location in relation to the existing property. A builder will be able to offer advice on the actual site and the best location for a new room. The position may also be partly determined by what the new room is going to be for. A bedroom or nursery may not be best placed next to a living room while new dining rooms or living rooms may need to be placed close to the existing kitchen. 

The Affordable Option

What were once known as garden sheds have somewhat come of age in recent years. No longer simply designed to be the repository of garden tools, as yet plant-less pots and various lethal chemicals, the garden shed has developed a whole new persona as the home working trend has taken off. Modern ‘garden sheds’ can, in fact, be small houses in their own right; complete with living and bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Of course, they can still be simply garden sheds, but with modern manufacturers building a whole range of habitable huts the possibilities are endless. In addition to the home office option, a teenage pad or a granny annex are all possible. In terms of planning and cost this option may well be the most attractive. Most firms offer planning permission free models (designed to cunningly negotiate red tape) while also creating larger versions which may need consent.  Delivered, installed and finished off in record time, not only does this option offer an affordable alternative, but also a very fast solution to changing needs for accommodation. 

Sarah Fox is a writer who believes that by investing in available space in your current house, you can increase its value and save money on moving. When it comes to extensions she believes that modern garden sheds can offer some surprisingly versatile options. 

Photo Courtesy of Photoxpress

It happens to the best of us; families grow, change and often outgrow the available space in the house. At the moment, with the poor state of the sluggish housing market, extending your home may be the most realistic option when your family needs change. In addition to adding the much needed houseroom extending upwards, downward or outwards can also add value to your home in the longer term, which makes the process an investment as well as a solution to space problems. 

The Main Options

There are four common options for creating an extra room or rooms; upwards into the attic, downwards into a cellar, outwards in the form of an extension, or outback in the form of a garden shed of the habitable variety. The four options will be determined by what is structurally possible and/or practical. In most cases an attic conversion can be a simple option but you’ll need to be sure that there is room to create a stairway or access to the new room. If you have an existing cellar this can also be an excellent way in which to extend. In both cases you’ll not need permission of the planning variety but there will be regulations to consider in terms of the building regulations.  Specific problems with damp, or rather damp-proofing, can make the burrowing option more expensive but it’s a great way to fully use the space available to you. 

Locations and Needs

Before calling in the nearest builder it’s worth considering what you need the space for. If you’re creating additional bedrooms then you may also need to consider additional bathrooms. This will require more detailed planning and thought than simply adding a room and will also be more expensive. For new nurseries, or additional rooms to house older relatives, it’s also important to ensure that access to the new room is simple and easy. Extensions and log houses located in the garden can be better options in some cases and may be the only option if you have no basement or the attic is simply not suitable. 

Legal Technicalities

When it comes to extensions you may need to consider permission to build. Depending on the size and location of the building it may be possible to avoid the need for formal permission but it’s worth contacting your local authority first to ensure you’ve the necessary permissions. Extensions need some basic thinking through in terms of location in relation to the existing property. A builder will be able to offer advice on the actual site and the best location for a new room. The position may also be partly determined by what the new room is going to be for. A bedroom or nursery may not be best placed next to a living room while new dining rooms or living rooms may need to be placed close to the existing kitchen. 

The Affordable Option

What were once known as garden sheds have somewhat come of age in recent years. No longer simply designed to be the repository of garden tools, as yet plant-less pots and various lethal chemicals, the garden shed has developed a whole new persona as the home working trend has taken off. Modern ‘garden sheds’ can, in fact, be small houses in their own right; complete with living and bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Of course, they can still be simply garden sheds, but with modern manufacturers building a whole range of habitable huts the possibilities are endless. In addition to the home office option, a teenage pad or a granny annex are all possible. In terms of planning and cost this option may well be the most attractive. Most firms offer planning permission free models (designed to cunningly negotiate red tape) while also creating larger versions which may need consent.  Delivered, installed and finished off in record time, not only does this option offer an affordable alternative, but also a very fast solution to changing needs for accommodation. 

Sarah Fox is a writer who believes that by investing in available space in your current house, you can increase its value and save money on moving. When it comes to extensions she believes that modern garden sheds can offer some surprisingly versatile options. 

(Photo Courtesy of Photoxpress)

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