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Reduced framing to the folding doors also looks far better and if feasible try to get a door frame with no threshold...

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Adding a Verandah Extension
Author:
Tom Norris

Verandah extensions are an excellent and cheap method to enlarge your home without adding a fully pledged extension. They also work well as part of an extension by extending the roof way beyond the floor level giving the appearance of a much larger building.

If you are considering the addition of a verandah extension then give lots of consideration to the flooring and the openable doors. What’s become very popular is to use the same flooring internally as well as externally to form a patio or decking area. This means that when you open or fold back the doors to the patio the verandahs and the floor support the illusion that you are inside the property whilst you are in effect outside.

Our advice is to open up the main wall of the house leading to the verandah as wide as you can and to install as much glass as possible. Reduced framing to the folding doors also looks far better and if feasible try to go for a folding door installation with no threshold giving a clear unbroken sign line to the verandah floor.



Will A Verandah Extension Add Value To My Property?

A pure verandah is nothing more than a covered roof with the minimum of supports and the cost will vary significantly depending on the specification. The cheapest form of verandah would be the use of a timber framework covered with pvc corrugated. This kind of installation won’t add money and in many cases will have a negative impact.

The next step up would be a conservatory style veranda with glazed panels. This is likely to look far better and providing it is designed well to suit the property it will most certainly add value.

As for an verandah extension which in simple terms is an extension with a verandah incorporated in the design, this can add upwards of 12% to the overall value of your property and providing you have used a decent architect you should end up with a lovely home.

If you’re currently considering adding a verandah 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?

Verandah 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.

Verandah 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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