Extending your home is a great way to take the small family homes built in the 50’s to the 70’s and develop them into modern homes with improved light, an open plan layout and better lifestyle features.
Selling and relocating to upgrade is an expensive exercise in today’s property market; the real estate fee alone would cover the cost of a new replacement kitchen.
You don’t always need land to extend onto. Building up, developing roof space into a loft, or using a basement are all excellent options that do not increase site coverage and tap into the unused potential of your building envelope.
Using roof space for a loft development or building up from the existing building to add bedrooms and a bathroom or two, means that the ground or entry level can be better configured for living areas. Extending up is a good option if you have a brick home especially one with a concrete floor.
Building up is a potential solution to enlarging two bedroom units to make it suitable for a small family. Building a master suite is also a popular option. An ensuite and walk in wardrobe are basic expectations of new homes, so including these features in your extension will bring your property up to date with current trends.
Older homes built on steep sites often have large underfloor areas which are usually bare dirt or small storage areas. Digging out under a house and retaining the exposed hillside can give you some fantastic living spaces. Basement developments provide good separation from the original house and make it a great option if you have teens or extended family that need their own space. The exercise of just creating a large single room for future use is a good investment in your home.
Investigating the potential of your property by talking with the team at Renovation Works can give you options you may not have considered.