Because of the current economic climate many people are finding that moving house isn’t an option any more simply because it’s too expensive and of the economic uncertainty. But you’ll be pleased to know that there are other options. Two of the options we’ll be discussing here are to do with verandahs (examples here) and a typical home extension.
By the way, if you want to jump quickly across to a possible solution for your space issues, you can always check out Custom Outdoor Living who specialise in building single storey home extensions. They’re a fairly experienced custom builder company based in Melbourne. It’s always good to check out the experience and reputation of a builder beforehand.
Knowing they’ve been in business for a while is always a good thing, because you can bet your bottom dollar they’ve come up against a wide range of problems, including having to sort out all manner of building regulations. They’ve written up a very helpful article on what you need to do to start planning your project which you can read about here.
As the size of our family grows, so too does our requirement for space. For some of us it may not even be down to the increased size of our family but our simple desire for extra space. Usually this comes about because of the never ending stream of purchases and odd bits and pieces that eventually take up all of the available space leading to us feeling cramped and claustrophobic. On the other hand, you might just want a beautiful modular home extension, but don’t let that persuade you too easily!
That leaves us with a couple of options if moving house is out of the question. The first option, and perhaps the easiest, is to have a tidy up. If you decided to spend one weekend going through all of your belongings and clearing out all of the unnecessary junk you’ll be surprised at how much space you can create.
If on the other hand, you’ve already had a tidy up, and decided that regardless of the amount of stuff you have you would like to extend the size of your house, then the most obvious option here is to build a home extension. This opens up a whole host of options!
If you’ve decided to go down this route, then you might begin to wonder which part of the house you would like to extend. This will require some discussion. Around the kitchen table is a good way to bounce some ideas off of each other.
The reason for this, is because mums would probably prefer extending the kitchen while the dads might want a new study. One of the most common Extensions is a kitchen extension which might include a complete refurbishment job to modernise the kitchen and expand the dining area. This is worth considering because the kitchen area can actually be one of the most commonly used rooms in the house and is actually a great place to socialise and bring the family together.
If you were considering a simple extension out the back of your house, then it would be worth considering either a verandah or some sort of alfresco design. Verandahs provide you with a beautiful outdoor space which will supply both shade and some fresh outdoor air! You can see an example of a verandah built for a Melbourne property here.
Another option is to convert your loft and this is another very popular option that is common in many households. If you happened to have had a new introduction to the family, You’ll probably want to create a new bedroom and the loft is a fantastic space that you can utilise to convert into a much-needed bedroom.
If you are on a tighter budget, then it might be worth considering a garage conversion. The reason for this, is that garages provide a good amount of space and as well as this, the cost of a conversion to extend your house, is actually a far cheaper option in comparison to either a loft extension or a kitchen refurbishment.
So there you have it, a wide range of choices for you to make. I hope you found this insightful and informative and I hope this will help you consider the available options to extend your home.
Your final decision will depend on the required amount of space you would like to add, the functionality, and the overall budget you have available to you.
It’s always advisable to seek the advice of a local builder, particularly if you have no building experience yourself. If you decide to employee the skills of a local building company, it is worth taking your time to investigate reviews about the company before taking them on-board. This will help you avoid stresses further down the line.