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Need More Space? Consider Home Extensions

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As your family grows you may consider home extensions. A once comfortable home can feel crowded and cramped as children grow into teenagers. Extending the size of your home can certainly improve your living spaces – and add resale value.

Hunter Patios & Additions can help extend your home living spacesPopular Ways to Extend Your Home

There are so many options you can consider. Extending the kitchen into the outdoor space is currently very popular. From a large extension – including a full kitchen reno – to something smaller. Consider options such as the addition of a patio, deck or built-in barbeque and outdoor cooking area, you have so many choices. Even just extending the outdoor area itself can make your home more liveable.

Extending upwards is a great way to achieve more space without sacrificing your outdoor areas – a very important consideration on a small block. This is usually more expensive but is often worth considering.

Adding a bedroom or bathroom at ground level can be a great idea and often adds to the resale value of the home. Sometimes if you lack the space for an extension you can reconfigure your existing layout to better suit your needs.

Home Extensions - more space for your familyThe Pros of Home Extensions

The biggest pro of extending your home is the extra space you’ll get without having to uproot and find something new. If you love your current neighbourhood this is particularly important.

Renovating and extending your home can be less hassle than moving. Selling your home, finding another, applying for finance to buy something bigger – this can all be very stressful for you and your family. However, if you do extend you’ll need to decide if you can live through the renovations or want to move in with family and friends, or rent for the renovation period.

Do your sums. Buying something new involves moving costs, stamp duty, real estate agency fees and other incidentals. When extending there are costs too, such as getting council approval for the extension. Factor these costs in when deciding what is best for you and your family.

A staircase to new living spaces in your homeWill Extending my Home Add Value?

The short answer is usually, yes. But not if the extension is poorly designed or constructed. Use talented architects or building designers to ensure the best result.

Make sure that you get quotes from local reputable home extension builders. To find a home extension builder in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens or the Hunter Valley take a look at Build Local’s Builders – Renovations and Extensions directory listings.

 

 

by Kelli Hawkins

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September 17, 2014 |

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