Con­sider home ex­ten­sions

Does it ever feel like your home is get­ting a bit cramped?

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR OWN HOME -

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.

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