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Adding a Bungalow Extension
Tom Norris

Bungalow extensions are more popular then ever and what’s interesting is that up until a few years back almost all bungalow add-ons were carried out using traditional materials to match the main building but thankfully all that has changed and we are now seeing some terrific extensions to bungalows using modern elements such as floor to ceiling glass panels, coloured double glazing, hardwood cladding and the use of more commercial style materials such as steel an aluminium.

When bungalows are refurbished to a contemporary style it changes the look entirely which makes them far more attractive to a much wider market. Whilst traditionally bungalows may have been viewed as old fashioned homes for old people this is all changing and it’s has to be excellent news for bungalow home-owners.

Should I Add Another Floor To My Bungalow?

For those of you thinking about adding a loft conversion or dormer to your bungalow you need to consider the project carefully. If you have a small bungalow on a small site (quarter or a third of an acre) I wouldn’t see the point of adding on bedrooms above unless I could extend the living areas proportionally.

In other words there is no point turning your bungalow into a 5 bedroom house if you only have 2 small rooms and a kitchen downstairs. Always think about proportion as more bedrooms means more people using the living space so the answer to the question is that you shouldn’t really add bedrooms unless you have loads of living space or have a site large enough to extend the bungalow living areas.

If you are modernising or adding more space you might also want to consider installing Solar Panels or Solar Water Heaters as bungalows tend to have extremely large roofs which are crying out for solar. As it happens I have a bungalow myself with a solar water heater on the roof and from this little unit I get free hot water for about nine months in the year. To find out more about installing solar visit Solar Panels Supermarket and organise a free consultation.

If you’re currently considering adding a bungalow 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?

Bungalow 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:

Get 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.

Bungalow Extension Photos 3Different 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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