There are many different levels of home expansion to consider if you want to get more floor space. Depending on how much money you’re willing to spend on a renovation, you can get surprisingly good results for the amount of effort that you want to put in.
So to help you out, here are four levels of home expansion and what they involve.
Level 1: Renovating Your Interior
At level 1, we have renovating interiors. This essentially just means cleaning up your interiors and reconfiguring your furniture to add a bit more space. The best way to do this is to just remove large furniture items and declutter to make rooms more spacious. It’s a simple yet effective way to get more floor space and can often be done without needing to spend a lot of money. It’s simple, effective, and you don’t need to hire contractors to be able to do this. Always start with this unless you know you want to add or extend the rooms in your home.
Level 2: Extending Rooms
Rooms can often be extended a bit with some clever building. For instance, you could expand your loft into a larger room by cutting into your roof or potentially even changing its shape. Another example is extending your basement by drilling a larger space. Alternatively, knocking down walls can combine two rooms together to make for a much larger space. This will definitely need a contractor’s help unless you have some DIY building knowledge. However, it’s not very expensive as you’re technically not building onto your house, but you will need some technical knowledge to do it safely.
Level 3: Adding Rooms
Whether it’s adding modular extensions or things like a conservatory to your home, this level is all about actually adding more space to your home. However, they share a common feature: they’re extended from your existing floor space. You can build out rooms to make them longer, expand your living room, or even add on to your garage. It all involves building out new space, so it definitely needs assistance from a contractor. However, it’s a guaranteed way to actually add a lot more floor space that can be used for whatever you want. Just keep in mind that many of this will be subject to planning permissions!
Level 4: Completely New Rooms
And lastly, you have the option to add completely new rooms in your home that are potentially detached from the main house. For instance, you could add a separate building in your garden if you have a lot of space. This can be something like a greenhouse, a garden office, or even just a detached bedroom for the kids or as a guest room. You typically won’t have this option available unless you have a lot of land surrounding your home that you can build on. This is probably the last resort to get more floor space outside of moving home and getting a completely different floor plan.
I'd love to hear about successful home renovatiosn you've done, or even what you're got planned for the future. let me know!
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