Top 10 genius extension ideas

Are you living in your dream home, but finding that space is becoming a bit tight? Panic not, as you don’t have to put your house on the market just yet… you can always extend! Read on for some of our favourite ideas from Pinterest, as well as a few top tips

Top tips

1: Work with what you have already

If you’ve got the base, add to it! Whether it’s knocking down or adding walls, reconfiguring a space completely or using it as a starting point, think about how big your extension will be and how it will affect the layout of your home.

 

2: Up, up and away

Make your money work harder – go for a two-storey extension if possible. Usually, the average cost per square metre is reduced when the more expensive elements such as a roof and the foundations are stretched over a larger area. A popular extension option is to build over a garage if the foundations are deep enough to begin with.

 

3: Know your style

Have you ever looked at an extension and said “That doesn’t look right at all”? Nine times out of 10 that’s because the extension is not in-keeping with the original build. Adding a super-modern and sleek glass extension to a classic cottage or period property is not going to work. Either go for something that looks like it was always there, or make sure your contrasting style is complementary. For a real seamless look, ensure the key design elements such as the materials, roof pitch and bricks all match.

 

Now the serious stuff is out the way, we’ve found these genius ideas

 

1: Clear as glass 

The modern décor-lover’s dream. Perhaps a nightmare to keep clean – but when your extension looks as sleek and stylish as this, we wouldn’t care! We also love the mixture of wood and brick.

 

2: When old meets new

 

This is the perfect example of a new extension complementing the old exterior. By sticking with the warm colour palette and a traditional structure, this extension looks like it was always there.

 

3: Let the light in

Design and build your dream orangery/garden room. The perfect room to sit and enjoy your favourite book with a cup of tea or coffee in, you could even splash out and invest in underfloor heating!

 

4: The heart of the home

 

Cook and dine in style with an open-plan and modern kitchen diner. Perfect for busy family homes and for those who like to socialise, a brand-new kitchen will also add some serious £££££ to the value of your property. 

 

5: Drive-thru

If your garage is sitting empty or is filled with half-used paint tins, then why not utilise the space and invest in a garage conversion? Popular options include converting the room into a home study, a playroom and a dining room. A perfect solution if you need more space but don’t have the budget for a full extension.

 

6: Loft of ideas

Loft conversions have so much scope! Depending on how big your home and loft already is, you can add an extra two bedrooms to your home. And even if you can’t squeeze in two bedrooms, you can probably at least add an en-suite with your new bedroom.

 

7: Curb Appeal 

 

Transforming the front of your home can take even the dullest or ugliest of buildings and convert it into something special. A facelift for your house won’t come cheap, but just think about how great your house will look when you pull into the driveway.

 

8: Book worm

 

It’s any book lovers dream – a whole room dedicated to all of your favourite paperbacks. Simply add some room on to your study for a cosy spot to curl up and read a book on. And remember: in-built book cases are your friends. Top tip: Add a stylish rug for added warmth. 

 

9: Utility room

 

 

You know you’re a grown up when you appreciate a utility room! A space dedicated to those less-than-attractive appliances, you can wash and sort the laundry in a whole separate area; plus, utilities are a fantastic opportunity to squeeze in more storage.

 

10: Movie night

 

This one is pure indulgence – but if you can, why not? Furnish with big, squishy sofas, plenty of cushions to hide behind if you’re a fan of scary flicks and a table big enough for popcorn and soft drinks. The only problem you might have is that your friends will never want to leave!

If you’re still after some home inspiration, then check out our Home Transformation Hub