House extensions are certainly quite common these days and one of the questions on most people’s minds when they are contemplating a house extension is whether the potential added value will pay for the initial cost of the extension itself. With all major alterations to one’s house its best to discuss plans well in advance with a recognized house extensions or architects like architects for home at Ivor St, London NW1 9PL.
There are many considerations before settling on final plans for an extension. One of these is to weigh the balance between the inevitable decrease in size of your garden and the increase in internal space. It depends on what exactly is expanded inside as to whether the change in proportion is going to appeal to new buyers in the future. It’s best to expand livable areas like kitchens, dining rooms etc rather than just an extra bedroom or an increased size of a bedroom.
Have a look at the house as a whole and try to maintain a balance between all the parts of the house. If your living room is small to begin with then this is probably the best thing to expand while if the problem is too few bedrooms or storage space then go for increasing this aspect of your home. The most popular extensions by far are an extended family friendly kitchen cum dining room area that opens out onto the garden.
Don’t depend on the extension being a boon to your house sale as the cost of even a simple extension could eventually be the same as moving to a larger house in the first place and the assumption that you can get your money back on resale may or may not pan out.
There is a tendency for the maximum price of a property to reflect the average price of the surrounding houses, whatever its condition. This means that if the surrounding houses are worth around two hundred and fifty thousand pounds, for example, it probably means that if you have a hundred thousand pound extension built on your own home, the maximum price you can expect to get would simply reflect the price of the other houses i.e. Two hundred and fifty thousand. Of course, if your house really was a bit too small beforehand, then you are simply bringing it up to the level of the other houses rather than taking it any further. It’s probably best to think of the use value that you will get out of the extension more than seeing it as an economic investment. If you do eventually make a profit out of it on resale, then that’s an unexpected bonus. With house prices being depressed but volatile, at present, it’s hard to estimate what the future trends are likely to be, in any case.
One way to expand your house without the expense of an extension is to have something like a loft conversion. These are substantially cheaper than side or back extensions, costing anywhere from ten to fifteen thousand pounds. You can add extra bedrooms, bathrooms or more living space and disruption is less obtrusive as much of the work can be done from the outside.

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