Building an extension can add massive value to your home when you come to sell, as well transform your living area by creating that additional space. Most importantly of all is that if designed well, it will enhance your life and achieve a greater feeling of well being.
An extension is a great way of achieving and adding that much needed larger kitchen, additional bedrooms or you may simply want more space for you and your family to enjoy.
One thing that is hugely important is to get it right first time as mistakes can be disastrous and usually cant be easily rectified afterwards.
When considering an extension it’s the ideal time to consider your options. You may want to reposition the Kitchen from the front of the building to the rear so you can enjoy the view of your garden. Or introduce a family room / snug area combined with an open plan living area, making your home up to date and on-trend.
It’s really important to consider how your home flows and make the rooms interact the way you want them to not the way it was built as the role / functions of the rooms have changed dramatically over the years you need to take time and simply ask your self WHAT DO YOU NEED MOST?
When we design and build your house extension we firstly have to consider the local authority and if planning permission is required for your particular project. Most ground floor rear extensions are allowed without applying for planning permission under permitted development rights, but we will always advise that you apply for a lawful development certificate to make absolutely certain.
Once we have achieved a clear brief so we can have a complete understanding of the project, we will work to further understand the detail you require – including:
The functions of the finished project. A design direction – do you prefer contrasting or in keeping with the existing buildings? Contemporary or traditional? Are there certain materials and finishes that you favour?
Is sustainability an issue for you?
We then go on to prepare preliminary drawings showing the existing and proposed layouts. At that stage it’s really important to take time and reconfigure the rooms literally pulling or pushing the walls one way and then the other until they work for you, its just like a giant puzzle. One thing that’s critical in creating that perfect space is to achieve as much natural light as possible. There are a number of ways to achieve plenty of natural light. You could add large bi-folding doors that concertina, allowing the garden to flow freely inwards as well as adding sky lights to the pitch of the roof.
By adding natural light you will be creating a bright and friendly atmosphere that will appear to achieve a greater sense of space.