Building an extension is a decision which requires thought and careful planning. It means managing many different moving parts, budgeting properly and having access to quality contractors and designers.
You should never build anything without having a clear idea of what you’ll be using the space for, though. Why do you need it? People often choose to build an extension to accommodate a growing family, or to increase a property’s value.
However, building an extension also means losing some of your outdoor space. If you don’t use your outdoor space much then this may not be a problem, but if you live in an urban area you probably want to keep as much of it as possible. In this post, we take a look at how to manage garden space with an extension.
The first step in any extension is to work out how large you want your extension to be. Does it stretch out at the back of your home, or are you choosing to build up? Some homes in London are built downwards instead!
If you choose to extend into your garden, consider how much garden space you need to be happy. Could you get by with half of what you have? Or less?
It may be that you simply need to change how you use your garden space, and so can afford to lose a little. If you’ve got a long and untidy lawn, consider how you could landscape the remaining space into something a little more versatile and comfortable.
If you’re after more living space but don’t need a second storey, why not choose to build an orangery instead of a traditional extension? These are stronger and longer lasting than a conservatory, but allow people inside to enjoy a well-lit indoor space.
An orangery will offer you all the joy of being in your garden space without actually being outside. In the summer, opening the doors will invite the outside in. During the winter you can bask in the warm glow of central heating while you watch the world go by.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you could also try building an orangery as a second storey instead, allowing you a view from height at your garden space – although this may come up against planning permission constraints, depending on your circumstances.
The key is to find balance. Tom Tangey of estate agents Knight Frank spoke to Emily Bearn at @Telegraph, explaining more:
“There is a definite danger in extending too far into the garden. You have to remember that a house without a garden isn’t a house – it’s a flat on three floors. And you’re never going to sell it to a family. Some people simply calculate that if you increase a house by 500 sq ft it will be worth £300,000 more. But if you do that at the expense of the garden it won’t be.”
If you’d like to learn more about how best to increase your property’s value without sacrificing too much garden space, get in touch with our expert team today.