Consider home extensions
Does it ever feel like your home is getting a bit cramped?
Our situation in life doesn’t always match up to earlier expectations, and one area where this is particularly true is in regard to family size. The best-laid plans for your nuclear family soon go out the window when real life takes over and, before you know it, you’re at the head of quite a tribe! And as families grow, both in number and age, what was perfectly adequate for a young couple and baby suddenly feels a bit tight for Mum’s crafts, Dad’s DIY, two teenagers, a tearaway toddler, Fido and Tiddles. But perhaps you, like your house, the suburb and all your friends, neighbours, shops, schools and parks that have become familiar fixtures over the years? Not to mention the million-dollar view. So unless you’re prepared to up sticks and move away from all those carefully established networks and comfortable surrounds, you’re left with but one option: build an extension. Now if your kids are of an age when a sleepout is a possibility, you might consider converting part of an existing shed or garage into living quarters, or possibly throwing up a new kitset. This could be a reasonably cheap and
straightforward solution to your pressing issue. However, your circumstances may be better served by adding an extension to your main abode. Try and think creatively about the project. Do you have a high gable? If so, it may be possible to convert your loft space into additional living spaces, with the benefit of not actually changing your property’s footprint. The views could be even better from on high, too. It may transpire that sticking another room somewhere on the outside of your house works best, however, and then it would pay to get expert help, at the very least during the planning stages. An architectural designer can draw up plans for consideration by the council’s planning department, and from which a qualified builder can work. Getting the professionals involved will ensure a painless and trouble-free transition from three to four-beds. Then you and your brood can get on with the pleasurable business of living in your new, improved home. With just a little less friction.