Is a home extension one of your new year’s resolutions? Are you planning a major alteration or working on a few smaller, subtle changes?
Whatever’s on your agenda, you can be assured that home extensions are still very much in fashion across the UK. In fact, research undertaken by Powered Now suggests that an average of £2011 was spent on home improvements per person in the UK in 2020. And, as we move into 2022, a new season of home extension fever is in the air.
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So, what type of home extensions are going to be trendy this year? And what will add real value to your property?
Let’s zoom in and have a look at what we’re likely to see in the home renovation world this year:
The humble (or not so humble) loft conversion will keep the title of one of the most popular house extensions in London for 2022.
Why? Because they work! Practical, cost-effective, stylish, and achievable with minimum disruption to everyday living – these are a few of the reasons that we’ll keep seeing loft conversions.
If your roof has sufficient space, a Velux loft conversion can be achieved with relative ease. It’s simply a case of strengthening the floor, putting roof windows into the existing structure, and installing a staircase.
More involved loft conversions such as Dormer and Mansard roof conversions will also continue to be popular. Of course, these two styles are a bit more involved and costly, but they’re a sure-fire way to transform the functionality of a home and add genuine resale value too.
A rear extension is the ideal way to add the perfect open-plan living area. That’s why it’s another one of the most popular home extensions in London.
Rear extensions can be either single or double-storey, depending on the design of your home and the extent of your budget, and often include kitchens, dining/living areas, and space for a home office.
Side Return Extensions
For many homeowners in London, physical space for an extension is an issue, and that’s why side return extensions are as popular as ever – including those few feet of unused space at the side of the home can literally make all the difference to the living space inside the home!
A side extension is the perfect opportunity to enlarge the kitchen, add room for a home office, include a home gym or hobby area, or create a playroom for the kids. If garden space is at a premium, this might be your ticket to achieving that extra bit of space you so desperately need.
Will Kitchen Renovations be Popular in 2022?
Home renovations don’t have to be big. In fact, sometimes smaller, more subtle changes can make a huge difference to the feel and look of your home.
Welcome to the kitchen renovation!
Whether you plan to alter the footprint of your existing kitchen or simply update what’s already there, a beautiful kitchen makeover is always an excellent investment.
A fresh coat of paint on walls and cupboard fronts, new countertops, and some modern handles and drawer pulls and … hey presto! The result can be staggering!
Flooding your kitchen with natural light is right on trend, so think about how you can maximise all available light to create that bright, airy feel. Oversized windows, glass panels in the doors, ceiling windows be prepared to think outside the box and bring in as much light as possible.
Replacing the flooring is another way to lift the look of your kitchen. Tiles, vinyl plank, bamboo and cork are all durable and super trendy flooring options that are worth considering.
Home Gym – is it Worth the Money?
Over the last few years, the concept of a home gym has become super popular. Whether or not it adds resale value to a property is a matter of considerable debate, but there’s no doubt that it can take your home up an extra level or two in terms of convenience!
In addition to the luxury of being able to exercise in the comfort and privacy of your own four walls, the recent COVID19 crisis in the UK has taught us to take our health seriously and for that reason, we may see the demand for home gyms rise across the country.
Regardless of the size of your home renovation/extension, your project will follow the same basic steps…
What Are the Stages of Building a Home Extension?
As the old cliché goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, and your home extension won’t be either! In fact, researching and planning your renovation is probably the most important part of the whole project!
Your project can be broken down into the following stages:
- Planning & design
- Researching options for your home extension builder
- Council permits – getting what you need to accomplish your project
- Budgeting & Quotation
- Hiring your home extension builder
- Watching the magic happen
Yes, it looks simple and straightforward when it’s jotted down like that, but let’s put it out there: a home extension is a big investment and it’s guaranteed to come with its fair share of stresses and frustrations.
However, when it’s done right, a home extension can literally transform the practicality and functionality of your home. And focussing on the end result will help you to work through the stages of building a home extension and stay sane in the process!
Igor and the team at Combit Constructions, specialist home builders in North London, have a passion for crafting beautiful home extensions in and around London. With more than 15 years of experience behind them, they’ve got the skills, practical know-how, and expertise to ensure that your project is everything and more than you’ve ever wanted.
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Millie is a perfectionist with a passion for property and writing articles. You’ll find her researching the latest housing trends and the newest up and coming areas worth investing in. Read more about Millie here.