News is that less people are on the move and putting their homes up for sale here in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds than for some time – as indeed is the case across most of the country.
You may have seen the report this week from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that Estate Agents had on average the lowest figure of homes for sale than for many years – back in fact to 1978 when the organisation began running such data. Spookily this lack of supply in the market continues to drive house prices upwards.
Mint Builders is finding that for a good few homeowners – more than for quite some time in fact – developing a well-considered, extension on their current property is surely for some a smarter choice than packing up and moving to another property.
The Mint Builders ‘Extend Instead’ campaign relaunched this Spring is gathering momentum and our Editor has been checking around for key pointers to guide those keen to consider meeting the extension challenge
food for thought
Compliments of serial renovator Michael Holmes on the excellent www.homebuilding.co.uk… right here is a little food for thought on considerations for a new home extension.
Reconfigure What’s There
As well as adding new space, re-configuring the existing room arrangement to create the optimum layout for making the best use of natural light, views, access to the garden and drive, and to improve privacy, is crucial to making the new extension work.
Internal walls and doorways can be added or removed to achieve the space you require and to integrate any new extension, to ensure you get real value and use from it. Consider the position of the entrance and central hallway– which should lead efficiently to all main rooms – and the relationship between key spaces such as the proximity of the dining area to the kitchen.
If you are looking to achieve maximum value for money with your extension, consider building over two storeys rather than just one, as the average cost per square metre (m²) is reduced by stretching the more expensive elements of roof and foundations over a larger area. You could also build an extra storey over the top of an existing single storey structure, such as a garage.
A Strong Style
When extending your home, choose either a contrasting but complementary style, or make the extension look like it has always been there. The former is much easier to pull off well.
If you decide to create a seamless extension, make sure you copy the key design elements, roof pitch, materials and details like the brick bond and even the mortar colour, or it will look wrong.
Smaller conservatories often don’t require planning permission, are excluded from the Building Regulations and are fairly inexpensive, making them one of the most popular home improvements. A conservatory can have its drawbacks, however: it must be separated from the house by external doors to reduce energy loss, and it can be difficult to heat in winter and keep cool in summer.
A popular alternative is to build a sunroom— an extension with large areas of glazing, but with a conventional insulated roof and typically one insulated wall (particularly the one facing the boundary). The space can be open to the rest of the house, and the temperature can be controlled more easily.
Check back here soon and here https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/extension-design-ideas/ for more words of wisdom from the always informed Michael Howard
If you have an extension in mind in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, we’re here to help of course.
Call us up at Mint Builders or send an email, and we’ll be pleased to offer a no obligation checkout meeting and quote …and good luck with YOUR plans!