If you want to expand your home, it can feel like your options are pretty limited, especially if you want to avoid the usual path of getting planning permission for an extension, and waiting for the bureaucracy side of things to be approved.
The thought of going through all this trouble only to then spend big money on hiring the construction team, then waiting months and months for the extension project to be completed can be pretty disheartening.
When this is the most traditional option before you, the joy of having an expanded living space can hardly seem worth the effort… But what if we told you there were ways to expand your living space without taking the avenue of the traditional extension?
Well good news all-round; there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to expand your living spaces. Read on to find out more about the different ways you can create more space for yourself, and make the most of the space you already have.
Expand Your Home: Reorganise
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Making the most of your living space by reorganising is a simple and cost-effective way to expand your home and create more space; moving things around and adjusting your current layout can breathe new life into your living area. Investing in intelligent storage solutions can allow you to maximise your space, storing your belongings in a tidy and organised manner without cluttering up your area.
Freeing up floor space and just the act of putting things away can rejuvenate an area; a tidy room is a much more calming environment to be in compared to an area strewn with clutter and mess. This also provides you with more space and opportunity if you’ve been wanting to get some new furniture you now have plenty of space to redecorate. This leads us very nicely into our next suggestion as to how you can expand your living space.
Redecorating is a great way to expand your living space, and it also doubles as an opportunity for you to revamp your current aesthetic. Readjusting your furniture and taking some time to reconsider how you can optimise your space is an easy way to upgrade your room.
Redecorating and changing up your aesthetic can also visually make your space look bigger and feel like you have expanded your home; light colours reflect light and give the illusion that a room is bigger than it is, and the act of repainting a room can give it a fresh feel with its vibrant new colour. Decluttering can also be a great way to avoid the feeling of an overcrowded space.
Expand your Home: Garden Rooms
If you’re looking to expand your home outdoors too, garden rooms are perhaps the best option available. Unlike traditional extensions, for the majority of garden rooms you don’t require planning permission, and they are relatively quick to install.
One great benefit of using garden rooms like the ones available from SunSpaces is that they’re highly adaptable; they can be built attached to your home to function as a conservatory-type space, or they can be built as a stand-alone structure in your garden. They also come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colours, so no matter what kind of aesthetic you’re going for, there’s something suited for you.
Garden rooms can also be utilised for a wide variety of different uses; whether you need a gym, home office, game room, den, pool room, art studio or reading room, the possibilities are endless!
Most straightforward loft conversions don’t require planning permission, which makes them a good option for those looking to expand their home and create extra space without the time delays caused by getting the required permissions. That said, if you’re planning on getting a conversion, you’ll definitely need to check if your planned adjustments need planning permission before you get started.
One drawback of loft conversions is that they can be fairly lengthy procedure, and not a good option if you’re looking for something more instant. Loft conversions can also be relatively pricey projects, with the average loft conversion costing around £40,000! A more time efficient and less expensive option would be a garden room like those offered by SunSpaces.
Whatever your budget or time frame is, there are a wide range of different approaches you can take to expand your living space, whilst being stylish and keeping the aesthetic you want.
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