Things to consider when planning your home extension.
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Our top tips for your home extension
Easy access to your new extension is essential and working out a practical solution can be a challenge.
Make sure any addition to your living space is accessible from the entrance lobby or hallway.
Avoid linking to a new bedroom through an existing one. Bedrooms need to be near a bathroom: a ratio of one bathroom to three bedrooms is considered the minimum by today’s living standards, so you might need to add a bathroom or ensuite too.
Defining the space
Naturally the key feature of an open plan living space is no walls, so think about how you’ll define the different functions within the space once they're gone. Consider using other features like furniture, lighting and flooring. A kitchen island, open shelving, fireplace and even a staircase can also help define the space.
What about windows?
The position of your windows will have a huge impact on the space. Is there a lovely view or outlook you can take advantage of? Do you need to consider any privacy issues? Add plenty of windows to a basement extension where you can.
Rethink your existing floor plan
An open-plan layout with good indoor-outdoor flow will make your home feel spacious and suits the way we live today. Consider connecting to a deck with patio doors for seamless movement between the interior and the garden.
Try ignoring how you presently use your space, including how rooms are currently defined. Removing existing walls is a pretty straightforward process, although load-bearing walls will require some strengthening to take place. However, you should be prepared for extra costs if you make changes to the electrics and plumbing.
Integrate the old and the new
The last thing you want is to have an extension that looks like it’s tacked on to the original house. You can either match the style and materials used in the original building, or consider adding something different but entirely complementary.
It’s a great time to think about what elements you’d like to change in the old house too. Perhaps you want to update the joinery from wooden to aluminium, change light fittings and add lots of built in storage.
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