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Adding A 2 Storey Extension
Author:
Tom Norris

Adding a 2 storey extension is a fairly large project and has the potential to transform a dull house into a striking new property. Providing you follow a few important rules it should be a fairly straightforward matter in making the entire project a huge success in terms of creating a beautiful home whilst adding additional value.

All house extensions add value to a property providing they are custom designed and built to a reasonably high standard. By that I mean that an architect has been employed with a brief to extend the property with a view to increasing the living space whilst adding maximum value. Too many homes are extended in a hap-hazard fashion without any real thoughts as to whether they are making the property more attractive or un-sellable.

You may be so focused on adding an extra floor and getting more living space that you overlook how the new add-on will change the appearance of the property so you really do need to examine all aspects of the project before calling in the builders.



Changing The Internal Layout

Two storey extensions will have an enormous effect on any property given that the existing layouts will have to be re-arranged regardless of whether you are adding rooms or simply extending existing ones. In many cases the ground floor part of the extension is used as an additional space rather than a new room but the upstairs part of the extension can present problems with regard to access.

If your add a double storey extension at the rear of the property to create a new bedroom it usually means having to reduce the size of an existing bedroom to create a corridor access to the new bedroom. Whilst nobody wants to lose a metre of a bedroom you really don’t have a choice as you can’t be accessing a bedroom extension from another bedroom.

Extending the upper floor sideways can be an easier option as it may be possible to have a doorway at the top of the stairs that will give you access direct to a new bedroom or a lobby if you have managed to add 2 new bedrooms.

If you’re currently considering adding a 2 storey extension there are a number of further considerations below that you should pay attention to and in doing so you will be well rewarded.
 



Are You Going To Move House In The Next 5 Years?

Side Extension Photos 2It’s an absolute fact that people spend many thousands of pounds adding an extension and doing up their property only to sell within a couple of years. Now the question is, if you knew you were going to move house would you really have:

Well unless you happen to be an architect or interior designer with a finger placed firmly on the current interior design trends then it’s most likely that you will have:

The truth is that many home-owners browse a few websites, read a few magazines and before you know it are off giving instructions to the builders without any real idea if the proposed works will:

Side Extension Photos 3Get it into your head that not all home improvements add value. Also, get it into your head that should you decide to spend 100 per metre on limestone flooring or 15k on a kitchen you could have wasted up to 75% of your money as you may not get it back when you sell.

Different styles of properties require different designs when it comes to extending or refurbishing. Just because your large corner settee looked great in your open plan loft apartment doesn’t mean it will look well in a 3 bedroom 1930’s semi.

In effect, what I’m saying is that any kind of major refurbishment, layout change or addition should be carried out with the following considerations.

Budget - Am I refurbishing to sell or to keep? It’s an important consideration here as many home-owners waste many thousands of pounds on home improvements that they can’t possibly recoup when they sell.

Let’s say you had 2 properties. Property 1 had a value of 125k and property 2 had a value of 250k. Now would you really spend the same amount on a new kitchen or double glazing on each property? The answer is that you can but you would be losing money as the value and the location of the property needs to be considered when it comes to major refurbishments.

Design - Would you really add the same style of extension to 2 different properties? Just because you added an extension to one property and it worked really well, don’t go thinking that you will automatically get the same result on another property.

Each property is unique when it comes to designing the perfect home and as such deserves unique consideration rather than a standard bolt-on extension approach.

Interior Design - When it comes to creating new layouts and choosing finishing materials it’s absolutely essential that you do the research to establish what works best with your particular style of property. Bear in mind that at this point you should know if you’re refurbishing to sell within a few years or refurbishing to suit your own taste regardless.

We always advise getting in some specialist help to aid your decision making on whether a loft conversion is worth the effort, whether you should add a conservatory or in fact carry out any major improvements. Talk to your local estate agents if you want to find out if your proposal will add value, make the property more sellable or simply be a waste of money.

Architect - When it comes to layout changes, major refurbishments, extensions or conversions you should always engage the services of a local architect as the first step rather than calling the builders. In many cases builders tend to adopt particular styles and if given an opportunity they will be more than happy to steer you into a design and style that they like rather than a design that works best for your property and circumstance.

You also need to bear in mind that regardless of whether or not your proposals fall within permitted development you will still need drawings for building regulations approval and by drawings I mean technical drawings with sound arguments and calculations for energy saving especially if your design has a lot of glass.

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