MAKING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SPACE: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL HOUSE EXTENSIONS
You’d be surprised how much difference a little extra space in your home makes. It’s the main reason many are approaching home extension builders to extend their homes even if they have little available space to work with or budgets that are on the lower side.
Yet there are still many that may believe adding a small extension to a property won’t achieve the desired outcome and is a waste of time and money. While we understand the reasoning for this argument, we disagree.
Simply adding a small extension to your home could be the answer to your number one concern, which is that your house is too small.
That being said, creating a small extension for your home that works for you is no simple task – it pays to be creative with your small extension ideas.
TURN YOUR KITCHEN INTO A KITCHEN DINER
The small kitchen nightmare is one many across the UK face. If there’s one room in your home that could do with more space, we bet that it’s the kitchen.
Some kitchens are so small that they can barely fit a table inside. Take a look at your kitchen and just think what just an added few metres could achieve – enough space for that kitchen table, maybe?
The popularity of kitchen diner extensions has risen in recent years, becoming incredibly sought after for many homeowners, so extend the kitchen ever so slightly to create a cosy kitchen diner.
Its open plan living made easy on a smaller, yet more achievable scale.
CONNECT WITH YOUR GARDEN
When we’re dealing with small house extensions, creating the illusion of a bigger space is sometimes vital; it can be the difference between building a small extension that doesn’t work for you, and one that does.
Making your new extension work with your garden, rather than against it, is a guaranteed way to nail a great small home extension.
The goal is to create a seamless transition between the two, which, essentially, makes your garden part of the extension, which then turns a small extension into a rather big one.
There are a few ways you can do this.
- Introduce stunning bifold doors to your extension that can fully open up to your garden
- Match the flooring in your extension with the flooring used in your garden
- Create the same theme for both your garden and extension
INTRODUCE LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT
Interior designers, architects, and house extension builders themselves have preached the importance of making our homes bright and light, so that they feel bigger, since the dawn of time.
We wholeheartedly agree with this statement. This optical illusion of using light to create an environment that is more open and free-flowing will make a space look and feel bigger.
When building a home extension, we always like to consider how much natural light we’re allowing into the property.
So if your only option is to install a small extension onto your property, make sure it offers plenty of natural light.
ENLARGE THE EXISTING SPACES OF YOUR HOME
We mentioned earlier how people could enlarge their kitchens with small house extensions. This can be applied to other areas of your home.
House extensions (big or small) have been used for this exact purpose in the past. We have seen living rooms expanded with a small home extension, bedrooms and even garages.
This is a great way of providing more space in your home while keeping costs down.
ADD A PORCH
When building a home extension, you can’t get much smaller than a simple porch.
What is a porch? It’s an area of your home that is joined onto an entrance and it usually has its own separate roof.
Again, adding a porch to your home is a great option when all you need to achieve is just that little extra space, even if it is just somewhere to store your everyday shoes, umbrellas, bags and other bits and bobs by the front door.
An added bonus is that adding a porch to your home will improve your property’s curb appeal, which is great news for those who want their house to look as desirable as possible, and if you’re thinking of one day selling your home.
If your home’s curb appeal is something that is important to you, check out our blog where we discuss this further: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL.
BUILD A LINK EXTENSION
A link extension is a fantastic way to connect two properties together. Instead of extending out onto a garden, you are extending in between two buildings.
The appropriately named link extension links two buildings together to create one building, so if your property adjoins another building you own—a barn, perhaps—you could link them together with a small link extension.
As house extension builders ourselves, we love this idea – it’s unique, eye-catching and stylish.
See, it’s not all doom and gloom if you haven’t the space or budget for a large home extension.
A small home extension could be just the thing to take your property to that next level, and help to make your home work for you with less money being spent and less time waiting for your project to cross that glorious finish line.
At Bespoke Norfolk Group, we have created many property extensions of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, all it takes is just a little extra space to make a whole lot of difference. You can view some of our completed property extensions here.
If you have an extension project in mind or any other home improvement project you want to get moving, speak to our team today.