Okay, so not many of us want to endure the renovation work of a home extension. Whether we take on the work ourselves (provided our DIY skills are up to the task), or hire the services of another, there is all the expected stress from noise, dust, and the overall upheaval to our lives.
However, there are some excellent reasons for extending your home that more than make up for the turmoil that comes with the building process. Whether you extend upward, downward, or from side to side, these are some of the reasons why you may want to plan a home extension in the near future.
- You can give your home a complete makeover. If you are tired of the overall look and design of your home, you can make changes within your property’s architecture to alter the style. Whether you go for period house extensions or something a little more modern (or a mix of the two), you can totally alter the design and functionality of your home.
- You can create more room for socializing. Convert a room of your home into a guest bedroom, so you can finally allow your visitors the privilege of sleeping in privacy and comfort, rather than the indignity (and inconvenience) of setting up camp in your living room. Convert your basement or garage into a games or home cinema area, where you and your friends can chill out and have fun. Or create a larger area in your garden for entertaining; perfect for those summer barbecues and the other social soirees you favour. Do some or all of these things, and your home will become the social hub of the neighbourhood!
- You can create privacy for your family. Perhaps you want a quiet home office away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. You may want a place to sit and contemplate life, the world, and everything. Or perhaps your children want somewhere to play without you getting impatient because of the clutter they are creating. Whatever the extension is used for, let it be somewhere for family members to get away from it all, and have a little bit of privacy without the intrusion of others.
- You won’t need to move house. If your family have outgrown the property you live in, you won’t need to move house if you can find ways to extend your home instead. By creating extra bedrooms, you can still live in the same house, follow the same route to work, and not give your kids upheaval and anxiety by moving them out of their school. You can stay where you are, and negate all of the expected stresses that come with moving.
- You can extend the value of your home. As an alternative to the above, you might want to extend your home to help you afford the possibility of a move to pastures new. Check out this guide on what home extensions are worth spending money on, or speak to your real-estate agent for more info if you are considering making a move sometime in the near future.
No matter what your motivation, if a home extension will benefit your life, then give it some serious thought. And while it’s a daunting prospect, it will still be worth it when the dust has cleared, the noise has ceased, and you’re finally enjoying the result of all the hard labour that went into the extension.