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How to plan a successful house extension?

Are you planning your own house extension in the near future? Or maybe you are just curious and are looking for inspirations for the future? Either way, there are a lot of things to consider before you commit yourself to extending your home, and this list of ideas and tips will hopefully act as a cheat sheet when you finally get to it!

Change your existing property to accommodate for house extension

The most common error among property owners who want to commission a house extension is thinking of it in terms of something separate. Remember that it is indeed an extension (and if you’re not up to the task yourself, consider hiring professional builders), and as such, it needs to properly fit the rest of the property. The easiest way to go about it is to reconfigure the original part of your house. Think about access points, views outside the windows, and the light that comes in.

You might also want to think about privacy if you’re living in a populated area - you wouldn’t believe how often careless extenders end up exposing their private parts to the neighbours due to careless planning. Think about creating or destroying internal walls, changing the placement of the entrance, and elongating the hallways so the extension itself can be easily reached.

Think outside the box

Not every house extension needs to feature a kitchen or a simple utility spot. Think about something unusual, something that catches the eye. If you’re struggling for ideas, why not make your own house conservatory? A loft conversion is basically an extension with glass roofing and walls and can be used both as a greenhouse or a sunroom. Whether you want to grow your own, healthy vegetables and fruits or whether you simply want a cozy room with abundant daylight and a gorgeous view of the landscape outside, a conservatory extension is definitely an idea to consider.

Lose the walls

An extension does not have to simply consist of a new room or two - you can build a creative outdoor living area, covered with a ceiling above. Make a veranda, which will provide you with a cozy place to have an afternoon tea with your friends and relatives, or go crazy with sliding glass doors, allowing you to bring the outside in during the summer months, combining your house with the backyard in an unusual way.

At the end of the day, if you’re not certain how to do something yourself, it’s best to leave it to professional. We, for example, when attempted a loft conversion, hired professional loft conversion in Glasgow team to help us out, and the results were well worth it!

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