Property extensions have taken the home improvements market by storm in the last year. With fewer people travelling abroad due to coronavirus restrictions, people now have more reason to invest in their property. With planning permissions requests now receiving a decision within eight weeks, many are taking this lockdown period as the perfect opportunity to go ahead with that work they have dreamt about for many years.
The average cost of a single-storey extension can start from anywhere around £1,200 per m2. Whilst this may seem like a costly investment, the value this can add to your property may just surprise you. A recent nationwide study stated that an extension can increase property value anywhere between 6-23%
In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the most important factors that will contribute to the cost you end up paying for your new home extension. From construction specifications to interior decor extras, we will be covering it all.
Dimensions of Your Home Extensions
Single storey extensions are initially quoted on the dimensions your specify, extras such as window and roofing options are cost you discuss once the initial dimensions are agreed on. The reason for this is because the size of your extension will help the construction company understand how much material will be needed for the project. A small dining room will be a relatively low-cost extension when compared to a full kitchen extension.
The Different Window Options Available
The windows you chose to have fitted with your extension can have a huge impact on the total price of you pay for this project. Let’s start by talking about the classic windows options. Well, as you already know windows can be purchased with a single or multiple layers of glazing. Single-layer is the cheapest option and as you add layers the price increases. A rule of thumb is the more glazing you have the better your living space will retain heat. If you have the savings, invest in double or triple glazing, this may just end up saving you money in the long run.
Roof windows often referred to as skylight is an area of the roof which has been modified to use glass panels. These skylights offer an abundance of natural lighting to the living space with many having the ability to open and close creating ventilation in the summer. Skylights are an optional extra but they are a great option for those who are looking to use their home extension as a daytime seating area.
Choosing The Right Roofing Option
Roofing should be an aspect of your single story extensions that you take your time and do a little more research around. With up to 25% of your heating being lost through the roof this may just be an area of your home extension that you invest a little more money into and help keep heating costs down in the future. Home extension roofing options include flat roofing, glazed roofing and solid roofing. Each has a place in the market but you must make sure the roofing you decide to go ahead with offers the insulation needed to keep the cold weather out and the warm air in.
The Different Types of Home Extension
Moving away from the construction side of things, the type of extension you chose will the most important factor that leads to the overall cost of this home improvement project. Construction specifications are one thing but it’s easy to build up a serious bill when it comes to the interior decor features. Are you looking to fill this living space with comfortable sofas or is it going to be a workspace for you the coming months of remote working?
We hope that you have found this single story extension cost guide helpful. As always if you take the time and do the research, you can be sure that you are getting the best out of your budget.