If you are looking to extend your living space there are a number of options open to you. Of course you could just up sticks and move into a bigger house, but what if you want to stay where you are and just make your current house work better for you? Getting the advice of your friendly local builder could be a great first option (if you live in Bolton then why not give Wisecraft a ring – we’ve got eons of experience and are happy to pop round and provide a free no obligation quote, or even just some initial advice), or you could employ the services of an architect.
For some people options such as loft conversions or garage conversions offer the most viable option as they can extend your living space without losing any of your current outdoor space. However these aren’t going to be right or practical for everyone. For many people the aim is to achieve that dream light and airy large kitchen-dining-living space and in many properties the only way to do this is to increase your ground floor space. But how should you do this? Should you go for a conservatory or a proper brick built home extension? Have a look at our thoughts about the pros and cons of each below to help you make up your mind.
If your main aim is light then conservatory can be a great way of achieving this. By their very nature conservatories are nearly all glass and even have roofs that let light in too, so these can be a great way of creating a light and airy room. Due to the high proportion of glazing they can also form a fantastic transition zone between your house and garden. Also you can fill them full of plants (that will love all the light they are getting) and you can emphasise this feeling further. Also in most cases a conservatory will be a cheaper option than an extension.
A conservatory cannot really be classed as an actual extra room as their method of construction does not comply with the building regulations that an extension would warrant. Also one of the main drawbacks (even with the improvements in glass manufacturing technology) is that a room made of glass is never going to have the same insulating properties as a masonry built room with full thickness insulation. In many cases a conservatory is liable to become too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This may mean that you have to keep doors between your conservatory and the rest of the house which would negate the possibility for properly open plan living.
Because an extension is built in the same way as the rest of your house it can offer much greater flexibility of use than a conservatory and also isn’t limited to just a single story. A properly built extension will do what it says on the tin and truly extend your house without any of the drawbacks of a conservatory. It will be fully insulated and so will regulate temperature and can easily be converted to a number of different uses. An extension will also add significantly more value to your house than a conservatory.
Because an extension is a much more significant building project than a conservatory you should expect it to take longer, potentially cause more disruption during the building process and will ultimately cost more. Also unless it falls under the remit of permitted development then many extensions will require planning permission and will come under the responsibility of building regulations which can be both timely and costly.
To find out more about your options for extending your home contact the friendly Bolton builders of Wisecraft Ltd today.