Let’s be honest. Life can be complicated and being a parent is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks bestowed upon a person. Throw a small, tight living space into the mix and you can have a recipe for disaster. Teenagers are not the small, cute toddlers they once were and as they grow, so does their need for more personal space.

So, what’s the solution? Should you buy a bigger house? Build a house? Or add space to what you already have?

The home improvement market in the UK is massive. According to data from the Housebuilders Bible, for every new house that is built in the UK, there are around 3.5 homes that are extended. So you’ll be pleased to know that there are several options to consider when looking to create more space. Let’s have a look at these in more detail!


1 – Build an Extension

Building an extension is like building a mini house and the process is very similar. From a building regulations point of view, however, they are simpler. In terms of cost, a shell only construction (including foundation) can come in between £1,850 to £2,150 per sq meter. This type of space is much more complex to complete than a conversion, as there are many additional factors to consider like, access, energy efficiency, drainage, plumbing, and electrics to name a few.

Under what is known as ‘permitted development”, you can extend a house within a certain set of parameters without the need to apply for planning permission.

Look on the planning portal website for further information – https://www.planningportal.co.uk/


2 – Excavate and convert a Basement

As the price of land increases each year (and if building upwards or outwards isn’t an option), then you may want to consider building downwards instead. The basement conversion is becoming more and more popular these days and is becoming a must-have space for busy families. Especially as costs for excavating a basement are similar to an extension in the £1,850 – £2,250 sq meter range. One of the key issues with a basement design is the waterproofing as you have to build a ‘waterproof tank’ – a reverse swimming pool as it’s sometimes called. This type of design requires careful design and expert installation which we have undertaken before.


3 – Convert Existing Floor Space

Converting existing floor space like a disused garage is a relatively cheap and cost-effective option in comparison to others. Whilst there is quite a bit of work to do to get the space up to building regulation standards, you would be looking at costs of between £400 – £600 per sq meter, (excluding finishing touches). Turnaround of the work is quick too as there is usually very little structural work required. Planning permission is not usually necessary if the work is internal and does not involve extending the building.

Look on the planning portal website for further information on planning for a garage conversion and other building projects https://www.planningportal.co.uk/


4 – Covert Existing Loft Space

Like the 3rd option, converting a loft space is also a cost-effective way of increasing space in your home. Especially with prices ranging from only £600 – £1000 per sq meter (excluding finishing touches). Timeframes for the work vary depending on the kind of conversion you chose and there may also be some structural work required. Planning permission is not usually necessary unless you extend or alter the roof space/structure and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.

Look on the planning portal website for further information – https://www.planningportal.co.uk/

Building an extension, converting existing space or excavating a basement are all great ways of increasing living space within your home. Not only is it less stressful than moving, it is also a great way to revitalise what you already have and may even see you falling in love with your home all over again! Especially if you throw in a full renovation as well!

We have many years of experience in building and project managing extensions, conversions and renovations and are experts at building from the ground up. Give us a call to find out more.