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So You Want an Extension – What Are Your Options

Where you can build

The first question to answer is have you got the space to extend. Whether you have depends on how much spare ground you have around your home, and, to some extent on the location of your house. Building regulations dictate how big your extension can be and your proximity to neighbouring properties can affect whether you can have a single or two-storey extension. 

The type of extension

Most people opt for a brick built extension with a traditional door and window set up. This works well, but if you are extending at the back of your property you may want to consider using a wall of glass to allow you a better view of your garden. Another option is to have your extension built entirely from glass and go for a conservatory instead. The type of extension you decide upon depends in part, on what you will be using the space for. If you are having a kitchen diner built privacy is not as much of a consideration as it would be if you were having a granny annex built where glass curtains or a full-length bi-fold door would not be practical. 

Flat or pitched roof 

Another important consideration is the type of roof you have on your extension. Most people opt for a flat roof because it is cheaper. However, it is important to think about more than just the cost when having an extension built. You need to consider how it will look and make sure that it blends in well with the rest of your home and neighbourhood. Remember one day you are going to want to sell your house, so your extension cannot detract from the overall look of your home. Potentially an extension can add value to your home, but only if it is a good quality extension that is aesthetically pleasing. If you have a pitched roof installed you can potentially use the space for storage, or go for a high ceiling room. This looks nice, gives a feeling for space, and adds a touch of luxury. For more suggestions we suggest you take a look at Bespoke Lofts house extension ideas.  They have been building extensions and converting lofts in London and the surrounding areas for over twenty years. In this market they are often asked to do unusual extensions and loft conversions to meet the needs of very exacting clients, so their ideas are very much ahead of the trend and inspirational. 

Quality matters 

Whatever type of extension you decide to have built remember that quality matters. An extension is a big investment, so we recommend that you take your time to get the design right and use a firm that has plenty of experience and a good reputation.  

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