Build an Extension for…..discussed by Guardian Roofs UK
You can add build an extension on your home and use it for so many different things, it could be an extra living room, dining room, snug, playroom, a children’s or teenagers room, a garden room, to extend your kitchen, a bedroom, a cinema room, an office, a gym, a utility room. The options are endless and an extension will always give you the extra space and room that you always dreamed of without the cost and stress that come with moving house. Our Build an Extension article will give you ideas and inspiration about how you can use a modern extension and just how easy it is now to create an extra room in your home.
Build an Extension for an Additional Living Room
Many people in the UK only have one living room or lounge and would love an additional room, maybe as the children are getting older, your family is getting bigger, or you want a more formal lounge or living space. If you have space then building an extension onto your home can be cheaper than moving house and if you love your home and its location then why move.
Building an Extension for a Dining Room
Many UK homeowners don’t have a separate dining room and would love the space to be able to sit around a table and eat together rather than eating from trays on your laps in the living room or squeezing around a table in the kitchen. Adding a ground floor extension to your home will open it up and give you a room which you can decorate and furnish to either be a formal dining room or a place for you to eat and relax with your family without any distractions of TV’s or the mess from cooking in the kitchen, It also gives you the opportunity to invite friends and family round for dinner or that all-important Christmas lunch.
Build an Extension for a Snug
You may have quite a formal living area at the moment and want to create a snug in your home where you can relax and while away the hours with your loved ones. A snug is a comfortable space to curl up in and it doesn’t have to be a big room, in fact, they are cosier when they aren’t big. With some nice warm colours, sofas, cushions and throws which you can wrap around you in the winter, it’s an amazing addition to your home and you could even add a fire to make it even cosier.
Building an Extension for a Playroom
We all get to the point in our lives when the toys get too much in your home and you want a room where they can be stored and played with without the need for them to clutter the rest of your rooms in your home. As babies, there is a huge amount of ‘stuff’ that you start to collate to enhance their learning and this just accumulates as they get older. When they start walking you often have walking toys that are big and chunky as well as building blocks, garages, prams and dolls, and the list goes on, so why not have a separate room. Furnish it with lots of storage and maybe a sofa for you to relax on whilst they are playing. As they get older they get more and more toys and it’s great for them to have their own room to play with them in as well as have friends round for playdates.
Build an Extension for Children or Teenagers
As your children get older they don’t always want to sit in the same living room or lounge as you and watch the same programmes on television. Building an extension as a separate room for them is a benefit for you and them, as you both get your own space when you want it. You can kit it out with a sofa and armchair, add some cushions and throws, a TV, Playstation or Xbox. They can have their friends around without worrying they are encroaching on your space or having to cram into their bedroom. It is a fact that teenagers are more likely to spend time at home when they have their own designated room so you know where they are, rather than them being out and you not knowing where they are.
Building an Extension for a Garden Room
Most UK home extensions are built leading onto a garden so using it as a transition room between your home and garden is a great idea. If you have wide opening patio doors or bi-fold doors it really opens up your home into your garden and vice versa. It will be a room you can use all year round and enjoy the warmth of the summer or use it to snuggle up in it in the winter.
Build an Extension to Extend your Kitchen
Lots of people now dream of having a big open plan kitchen and building an extension to extend your kitchen is a great idea. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens in the UK and it’s great to be able to have enough room for your family and friends to congregate whilst the cooking is being done. You might want a dining table in your kitchen and an extension often enables you to do this, maybe even make it into a family room so you have a sofa and armchair that the kids can use whilst you’re preparing dinner. The options are endless and you really can create your dream kitchen by adding an extension to your home.
Building an Extension for a Bedroom
If you need an extra bedroom for when family or friends come to stay, or your children are getting older and they now need their own rooms then adding a single or double-storey extension solves this problem and you won’t need to move house to accommodate it. A lot of people wouldn’t think of building a single storey ground floor extension as a bedroom but they can really work to give you the additional room and space that you need. You may decide that the extension you build is such a big room that you want to use it as a bedroom for you and you can change your room into the guest bedroom or one of your children’s rooms. Think how nice it would be to open up the patio or bi-fold doors in the summer months when you first wake up and enjoy a cup of tea or breakfast in your bedroom.
Build an Extension for a Cinema and/or Gaming room
Building an extension for a cinema room for family and friends to enjoy is a great idea. You can have that big screen with plush sofas and armchairs to relax in and while away the hours, spending time together. As the kids get older its also a great use of space so they can have friends round to watch films or use it as a gaming room where they can socialise.
Building an Extension for an Office
If you work from home sometimes, a lot or, all of the time then having a separate office space is often essential. It gives you space for a desk, storage, your PC or laptop and keeps paperwork away from your home. A lot of people also like an office if they don’t ever work from home and its a space to keep all of your household paperwork, PC or laptop and gives the children somewhere quiet away from the hustle and bustle of your home to do their homework or revise.
Build an Extension for a Gym
Some people don’t like going to a gym, pr don’t have the time or childcare options to get to one so having a separate room to use to work out in, do some yoga or meditate can be so beneficial for all of the family. It’s tricky finding space for weights, a bike, a rowing machine, stepper or treadmill and often if you store them in other rooms or a garage and often when stored like this they never get used and just collect dust as well as get in the way. Having an extension built as a gym means you can decorate and furnish it to suit your work out needs and you can also open up the doors or windows to let in as much fresh and cool air as you want when you’re working out.
Building an Extension for a Utility Room
If you don’t have a utility room then it can be infuriating using your kitchen space for a washing machine, tumble dryer, clothes basket, clothes horse, iron and ironing board so having a sperate utility room can be an exciting prospect for many people. It doesn’t have to be a big extension and you
can design it so it has built-in cupboards for storage, a sink and integrated appliances so it looks modern and fresh and a room that you actually don’t mind using.
Build an Extension as a Multi-Use Room
Many people wouldn’t think of building an extension and designing it for multi-use but it’s often a great way of using precious space in your home and it can depend on how big your extension is as to how and if you could use it as a multi-functional room but the options really are endless.
- Dining Room with Sofa and TV making it into a Family Room
- Playroom & Snug
- Kitchen & Dining Room
- Office & Snug
- Office and Snug or Additional Lounge
- Office & Cinema Games Room
- Garden Room, Dining Room & Living Room
- Office & Gym
- Kitchen Diner
Building an Extension
It is a lot easier now to build an extension compared to years ago and this is because of new building techniques, materials used and planning regulations. They can be designed to match your existing home in brickwork and tiles and work seamlessly from old into new, or they can be designed to really stand out and make a statement, it really is down to you, and if planning will be agreed. Be aware that if you need planning permission for an extension it is more likely to be agreed if its fits or matches the style and period of your home, as well as the properties surrounding you.
The first thing you should decide is what additional space would improve your home, how it would be used and maybe make a wishlist of what you would like. It could be; wanting additional living space, a bigger kitchen, more bedrooms, a separate playroom or a den for the kids or it may well be that you want more of an open plan living feel to your home. If you don’t have enough outdoor space to build a single-storey extension then you may be able to extend into your roof space to gain additional bedrooms and, or living space. Think about what you would want if you were to design your own home and the things you would change with your existing one and this will help shape your needs and how you can achieve them.
There are 3 options when it comes to extending your home outwards:
- A Guardian SIP Extension
- A traditional Brick Built Extension which you project manage yourself
- A traditional Brick Built Extension which is project managed by an architect and builder
A lot of people in the UK extend their homes without thinking about how they will use the new space and how it will work with the rest of their house and family. When this happens people often wish they had extended differently as the additional space isn’t used as effectively as it could have been. Planning your extension with a defined use in mind is key to ensuring you get the most out of the extra space and the money invested.
When you have understood how much an extension will cost you should always add in any costs associated with finishing it internally and this can include, plaster, flooring, paint, wallpaper, furnishings and light fittings. The money you need to set aside for your extension depends on the purpose of the new space and the best advice is to budget carefully from the planning stages.
To keep costs down but to make your new space look more expensive lookout for eye-catching fittings and furnishings. A feature light, pictures on the walls, photo frames, cushions and throws will all make your new extension look and feel cosy and luxurious.
Planning Permission Summary
You don’t need planning permission if your single-storey extension will be up to 6m from the original rear wall of an attached house (or 8m on a detached property) and up to 4m in height. If your extension is to be within 2m of your property’s boundary, the eaves height is limited to 3m.
You will need planning permission if your double-storey extension, is taller than the highest part of your existing roof; it mustn’t extend beyond the rear wall by more than 3m; must be at least 7m from the boundary; be built-in materials to match the original structure; no two-storey extensions can be made to the front of the house, or to any wall parallel to the highway.
Guardian SIP Extensions
Guardian SIP Extensions are a relatively new, but established and cost-effective way to extend your home. A SIP Extension uses pre-fabricated structural insulated panels that are manufactured to your design and measurements and delivered to your home when the construction is ready to start. The SIP structure is built at the factory and then dismantled to ensure it fits together and matches the design and measurements perfectly.
SIP (Structurally Insulated Panels) have an insulating polystyrene core sandwiched between two structural facings. SIP’s are used a lot more now compared to the more conventional brick, blocks, or timber frames as the construction is 50% quicker which delivers a 30% reduction of labour costs.
Good and reputable SIP Extension Companies like Guardian Roofs UK will give you free advice, design, measuring and quotation services and will project manage your extension from start to finish without the need of you chasing and managing different contractors. They will have extensive knowledge of planning and building regulations and this will form part of their service to you. You can have as much input into the design of your extension as you like and they will work with you to find a solution that works for you and your family and results in a cost-effective extension which is beautiful inside and out.
What are the benefits of extending your home with a Guardian SIP Extension?
- The SIP panels are manufactured to your design and measurement in a quality-controlled factory
- The panels are delivered to you in a modular construction providing a strong and superior build and fast installation
- They have an insulated roof and walls, double-glazed windows and strong, steel-reinforced structures
- The panels are exterior grade plywood
- They combine Kingspan Tek-Panels with the Guardian Warm Roof System
- The panels have 3 layers of high-performance rigid Kingspan insulation board
- They have outstanding energy-efficiency, with a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K making them the most energy-efficient home extensions available
- The construction is 50% faster with a 30% reduction of labours costs with no on-site waste and minimal mess
- They are an affordable alternative to traditional brick-built structures
- There are a huge range of brick, tile and slate colours and finishes available
- They are designed to your bespoke needs and design ideas
- They offer accelerated planning approval or can be constructed under the permitted development rules with full building control
- You will receive, design, planning and technical support from start to finish from Guardian Extension experts
- SIP panels use much less timber than typical timber frames and are one of the most economical and eco-friendly forms of construction making them good for the environment
- They are thermally efficient which keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The structurally insulated panel homes provide amazing thermal performance
- Their ventilated roof eliminates condensation in your new extension
- They are a quicker and more cost-effective way to increase the space in your home or business (both in the panel fabrication and construction)
- There are no issues with shrinkage or settlement and overcome cold bridging issues associated with other forms of offsite construction
- The compact panels take up less of your floor space, maximising the space you are creating
- They have airtight and soundproof walls (the insulated panels significantly reduce noise penetration)
- They come with a standard rainwater system
- They come with internal flooring
- They are internally finished to match your design
- You can have Velux Roof Windows incorporated into your finish
- They will increase the value of your home or business
- Guardian SIP Extensions are fully guaranteed
Why is a SIP Extension different?
SIP extensions are immediately thermally efficient compared to brick or stonework where inner stud walls and insulation need to be added after the walls have been built. they are fully insulated resulting in a warm extension in the winter and cool in the summer and will reduce your heating and energy costs when finished. They are 50% quicker to build compared to traditional brick, block or timber-built extensions and the waste, mess and disruption caused by the construction of a SIP extension is far less. SIP Extensions are designed, constructed and finished by a specialist SIP extension company like Guardian Roofs UK who are experts in extensions and you won’t need to engage and manage builders and trades throughout your extension project. SIP panel structures don’t have issues with shrinkage or settlement and overcome cold bridging issues associated with other forms of construction. They are thin and compact, taking up less space than other external wall build types, resulting in maximised space in your new extension.
SIP Planning Consent & Building Regulations
SIP’s are now an accepted construction method by local authorities and raise no issues when obtaining planning approval for your extension. The ground conditions of your extension site, the size and design will have an effect on your final planning approval and as with any planning application if the size is over the ‘not needing planning permission’ rules. As with other traditional builds, a SIP extension can have traditional cavity and brick or stone wall, render, brick slips, timber cladding, slate, copper, zinc, stainless standing seam and your external design will be included as part of your planning approval request.
Disadvantages of a Brick Built Extension
- You will need an architect which can be costly as well as being difficult to find one that offers domestic services
- You will have to source a good and reliable construction company or builder who is available to start work when you want them to
- If you decide to project manage the build yourself be prepared for it to take a lot more time than you think, dealing with issues, questions from different tradespeople and generally keeping the project on track
- You will need to familiarise yourself with planning guidelines and legislation as well as building terminology which is complicated if you don’t have any previous experience
- If your extension doesn’t need Planning Permission, it will need Building Regulations Approval which is in place to enforce construction standards across the UK. Building regulations, safeguard designs by making sure any buildings are constructed safely and correctly and inspections happen at different stages of your build to prevent unprofessional procurement and unsafe building techniques and you will be responsible for this. You can read our full article on Permitted Planning, Planning Permission and Building Regulations here
- If you don’t have the time to project manage your extension yourself then you can try and find a competent, reliable and available builder who will take on the day-to-day management of your extension. You should always have a contract in place with them which breaks down the costs of labour and materials line by lime. Always go for a fixed quote rather than an hourly rate as if quoted in this way costs nearly always spiral out of control. A fixed-price contract means the builder or building company and yourself agree on a set price for the work before the project begins. Always be aware that changing things as you go along will often change a fixed price quote so always take your time to plan and be 100% sure you are happy with the design before any work begins. You should always have a clear contract or letter that is signed by yourself and your builder detailing what will be done for the amount being paid, in what timescales and any extras that will be charged
SIP Extension V Traditional Brick Built Extension
Choosing the right construction is critical to achieving your budget. A traditionally built extension can cost more than a Guardian Extension and look no different. A Guardian extension is designed to your specification, is 50% quicker to construct with on average a 30% reduction of labour costs, less mess and waste. They are highly energy-efficient with beautiful finishes inside and out to compliment your existing home. A good, reputable and professional extension company like Guardian Roofs UK will work with you from start to finish to give you a beautiful home extension, helping you with the minefield of permitted development, planning permission and building regulations so you don’t need to worry. You will receive a fixed quote from us detailing any extra costs and timelines for construction and finishes and you won’t have the hassle or worry of finding a reliable builder and managing trades to complete the work that needs doing in a timely manner as we do all of that for you.
If you decide to go with a traditional brick-built extension then choosing the right architect and builder is crucial to ensure your extension is exactly how you want it and within budget.
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