Should I Get a House Extension?

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When it comes to making the most out of the space in your home, sometimes the floor space you have isn’t enough. If you have considered getting a home extension, here is why it could be the perfect way to create an extra room or two in your home and how to decide whether a house extension is right for you.

Are House Extensions Worth it?

If you are deciding whether a home extension is worth it, you should ask yourself a few important questions. Firstly, what are your reasons for wanting a home extension? What will you use the extra room for? It may be that you want to extend your kitchen for extra space or create an extra living area for the family. You may want to create a home office in your house for when you need to work from home or add an extra bedroom for teenagers wanting their own space. House extensions are a big job and can take a little time to create but can extend your home fantastically making the effort definitely worth it if extra space is your goal.


Does an Extension Add Value?

If you are looking for a way to add value to your home then the good news is that a home extension, done the right way can help with this. Adding an extra bedroom or a larger kitchen to your home, for example, is a great way to boost your property’s monetary value as well as helping you to find more value in your own home compared to moving to a bigger property elsewhere.

Done the right way, a single storey extension, double-storey extension or even an over garage extension can increase your property value and appeal to prospective future buyers. It is, however, worth taking a look at the average house prices in your area when assessing how much the property value will increase, sometimes a ‘price ceiling’ exists for houses of your type in your area that is difficult to break through, regardless of the type of house alterations you may have.


Do I Need Planning Permission for a House Extension?

When finding out whether you will need planning permission for your home extension the good news is that many house extensions fall under ‘permitted developments’. This can depend on the size of your home extension, how far your ground floor extension extends in the space around your built property and other elements of your house extension. There are a few specific rules your house extension will need to follow in order to be allowed under permitted development rules, we’ve outlined them here.


Should I Get a Single Storey Extension or a Double Storey Extension?

The answer to whether you should choose a single storey or double storey extension is that it is all up to you. If you are looking to add an extra bedroom as well as lower floor living space to your home, a double storey extension might be right for you. However, if it is simply an extended living space such as a bigger kitchen or home office, then a single storey extension is ideal. House extension costs are also usually a big deciding factor when considering a single storey rear extension compared to a two-floor extension as the latter, understandably, can cost more to build due to the additional materials needed.


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