We are all looking to make the most of our property and for the majority of homeowners, creating the very best living space is really important. If your house doesn’t quite work for you, and the thought of solving the problem by moving doesn’t appeal, then a single storey extension could be the perfect option to transform your home.
The areas of your property that undergo heavy use such as kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, can make day to day life a struggle if there isn’t enough open space to make use of. Having a patio or a good garden space can help in these cases, but we can’t always guarantee the good weather to be able to use these additional spaces as much as we’d like.
And that’s where a single storey extension can help alleviate the pressure of family life. By adding extra space along the back, or side of your property, you’ll not just create a whole new area or room for you all to enjoy, but you can open up a typically darker space and bring in much needed light.
What’s more, a well designed single storey extension can add value to the price of your property in the long term.
Even a smaller build like a single storey extension can be a daunting project - from working out what building materials you need and which regulations will need to be followed, to knowing what doors, windows and external fittings will work best. At N&P Windows, we can help with it all. We offer experienced and honest advice at every stage of your extension, from design right though to build and after care.
The first question on many peoples minds is ‘will I need planning permission?’ This will depend on the type and size of single storey extension you are thinking of having. Rear extension projects of this type are less regulated than double storey extensions, so depending on your initial plans you may find your project remains a permitted development. However, this can also depend on your property type, your proximity to neighbours and the height of your planned extension. The key here is to seek advice at every stage of your planning to ensure you’re always working within the regulations. Our expert team can help you with this.
Budget is always important, but a single storey extension can be surprisingly affordable. The misleading thought is that if you are creating foundations for a single storey build then you may as well go further and add a double storey extension to get the best value for money. This isn’t always the case. A single storey extension will require less materials and less labour, and will generally avoid expensive tweaks such as moving a staircase or changing sections of a hallway.
A larger extension doesn’t always add the value to your house that you might expect either and you may end up spending out more than you add to your property price in the long term.
The total costs you’ll incur will obviously depend on the type and size of extension you create. Consider the materials you use for the build itself, as well as windows, doors, skylights etc, and then you’ll have costs for labour too. Again, our expert team at N&P Windows can talk you through this at the design stage to ensure you don’t experience any last minute budget surprises along the way.
Obviously a single storey extension is less of an undertaking than a double, so will benefit from quicker build times. If you need space and you need it now a single storey extension could be the choice for you.