Would you like a bigger home without the hassle of selling up and moving?
Over the last year or so we have spent more time than ever in our homes, leading many people to reassess their living space and how they use it, with keywords such as “adding a room” trending in online searches throughout 2020 and 2021.
There are many different options for extending or adding room to your living space, with a solution to suit all tastes and budgets.
An internal renovation such as knocking down a wall to create an open plan living space, can transform your home without the hassle of a full extension or room conversion. It is also a much more budget friendly option.
Just a third of homeowners use their garage for storing a vehicle making it the ideal room to convert for an alternative use such as a playroom, home gym or guest bedroom. A garage conversion is classed as a change of use, so you will need to submit a building notice or full plans application to your local building control office. Costs vary depending on the specification and use but a detailed project brief will help you to obtain a realistic quote from your builder. Check out our guide to garage conversions if you’re thinking of this type of renovation.
Loft spaces are often used as a dumping ground for clutter, but a loft conversion is the best way to extend your home without extending its footprint.
There are many types of loft conversions, from a flat roof dormer, which is one of the simpler and more cost-effective options, to modular loft conversions which are fabricated offsite and craned into position. The type you opt for will be dictated by your existing roof structure and shape, as well as your budget, and in some instances planning restrictions, as not all lofts are suitable for conversion.
Costs, which start at around £35,000, will also vary depending on specification, location and end use.
With a garden room the disruption of the build is kept away from the main home. Not being connected to the rest of the property also gives you the opportunity to create a private space for a craft room, teenagers’ space, or home office. Structures range from summerhouses to purpose-built brick buildings and as such costs can vary, as will the considerations that you need to make.
Find a Master Builder
A good builder can support you through the process, whatever option you choose, and you should find someone with experience of similar projects. Our Find a Builder service can help you to find the right person for the job.