If you are one of those many families that just find that your house is being outgrown but haven’t the time or money to move to a larger house, then a house extension is probably your next, best bet. There are a lot of good reasons why you may make the decision to get bigger rather than move, not least of which is that you are happy with your neighbours and the community you are living in and the move to another location is simply too uncertain and stressful. There are many types of house extensions possible and a visit to your local architects for home at Ivor St, London NW1 9PL will help to enlighten you on what is possible for your house and what it might all cost.
If you’re not sure where to start, then the best solution is to think about what your actual needs are. The most common type of extension is a side or rear extension with a single storey construction allowing an improved kitchen and living room area but this might not be what you want. If your family size is growing or your kids are getting bigger and are fed up with sleeping in the same bedrooms, then it might be more bedroom space that you will want.
An increase in bedroom size or quantity can be achieved in two ways. Loft conversions are the simplest and cheapest type of house extension as long as you have the right type of loft to begin with. If you want to expand not only your kitchen / dining / living space as well as the bedroom space, then a much more expensive option is to consider a double storey extension with the new expanded kitchen area underneath as with the single storey idea already mentioned but with a new bedroom and possibly a bathroom and extra toilet above. Bear in mind that the cost of this type of extension can exceed the cost of moving into a new house, but it all depends on the circumstances: how far you would have to move and so on and for the purposes of this article we are assuming you want to stay put if at all possible!
After deciding on the extent and purpose of the extension you should have a good think about its external appearance. The usual advice is to try and make the extension as much as possible like the original structure – the two buildings – old and new – should harmonise with each other seamlessly. This is not always practicable however but if at all possible if the new appearance can’t really match the existing building, then it should not jar or its appearance dominate the whole house. The other option is to go for something much more modern and adventurous, so that the extension is appealing in its own right. Modern extension designs incorporating a lot of glass are certainly possible although insulation will have to be considered much more carefully. It is certainly a way of introducing a lot more natural light into one of your most used areas.