In a couple of months, my family is going to say goodbye to our old abode and hello to a new home. It is quaint two-story home located away from the city’s bustling and polluted atmosphere. My parents are approaching their retirement stage and of course, they want to escape to a home nestled in greener landscapes where they could breathe fresh air while jogging or drinking coffee in the morning.
The only problem is the dwelling is pretty small. It has three bedrooms; two bedrooms on the upper level, which are basically an attic converted into two rooms, and one tiny bedroom on the lower level, beside the kitchen. My parents agreed to occupy the small room, which for me, is too small for a master’s bedroom. And for a family of four who loves to cook, eat, and be merry I’m not amused by the size of the living room, dining room, and kitchen space.
The factor that had my parents say yes to this home? The lot area is massive, which means it has enough room for building home extensions. Instead of finding a bigger yet more expensive home, it’s usually a more cost-effective solution to hire a home builder to extend the space you already have.
If you’re in the same predicament and you’re open to knocking down walls of your home, ahead are the extension ideas to consider.
1. Expand horizontally
As its name suggests, a single story extension only takes up one floor level. It opens up the house to create added livable space and merge the indoors with the outdoors. Homeowners who decide to go with a single-story extension should only have a garden in the rear or side part of the property that they can afford to lose for a few meters of expansion.
Single-story extensions are carried out in three ways: side return, rear extension, and wraparound extension.
Side return extension
A side return is a classic way of expanding your space. It stretches your property into an alleyway at the side of your home. Whether it’s a big or small addition, a side return can have a great impact on the look and feel of your property. You can now add more seating in your living room. You can also have a larger cooking and dining space.
Rear extension, on the other hand, extends out from the back of your home. These extensions are often done on properties where there’s no side return option, as well as on detached properties.
A wraparound is a combination of the side return and the rear extension, resulting in an L-shape home expansion. It provides maximum space while dramatically altering the shape and design of your home.
2. Expand vertically
Double or multiple story extension
If single-story extensions are about going out, double or multiple-story extensions are about going up. A huge amount of space is opened up, allowing you to put additional rooms, like more bedrooms or a second living room. These expansions are opted not only by people with smaller lots but for those who don’t want to sacrifice their garden space.
However, you should think about the issues that come with these extensions. For instance, extending up may affect neighboring properties, like when it leads to a serious loss of sunlight to rooms and gardens of adjoining properties. You should also match the existing property into the character of the neighborhood.
4. Think about micro-additions
If you’re reluctant about adding more cost and inconvenience, you may try micro-additions. They are tiny spaces located where you need extra space and where the existing structure allows. Unlike in full-size extensions, no foundation work is done here, which offers a tantalizing solution to the conflict of space, time, and money.
A bump out is a cantilevered micro-addition that enhances not only the footprint of the room but its visual appeal as well. They are an ample extension of a room that creates a projection in a wall. One appealing example is a bay window which could provide sufficient space for a window seat with bookshelves.
Bump outs can also be used for installation of a bathtub in a bathroom that initially has only a shower. They may also give you enough room for your kitchen to add a length of the counter, stove, and fridge. The increased space may also allow you to install a kitchen island and provide you with more space for a dining area or a coffee nook.
Balconies are romantic architectural features that bring you beautiful natural views and intimate conversations over cups of tea. These floating platforms boost your outdoor living space for less than the cost of the lower level deck. A balcony that extends four feet outward is a reasonable size; it is enough to accommodate a few chairs and two to three people.
4. Convert your garage
If the home comes with a garage and you don’t own a car, why not convert it into a functional and livable space? With this, you can increase the value of your home without splurging on dramatic structural work.
It may be converted into a storage room or laundry room, or be used as a kitchen extension. It can also be revamped into a home office, gym, kids’ playroom, and even a sunroom. Another idea is tearing down the enclosed space and turning it into a lush garden.
Author Bio: Carmina is a resident writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and the Hu