The level of control in a house extension means that uses can be virtually endless. The only factors you are limited by are the amount of available land to extend the property and any relevant planning permissions or neighbour objections. Some of the most common uses include:
New bathroom – One or more bathrooms can be created as either individual bathrooms or en-suite bathrooms for existing bedrooms. This also allows the potential of upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.
New bedroom – One or more new bedrooms can make the property ideal for larger families or homeowners with frequent guests. You could also add a bedroom with en-suite amenities.
Gym – A room could be created with your own personal workout space including machines and weights. Whilst a gym generally isn’t a common reason to invest in an expensive house extension on its own, it can be a fantastic inclusion in a larger house extension for another purpose – especially if the extension spans both floors. For example, an extension could include a new bedroom upstairs with a new gym downstairs.
Entertainment area – Create an area with a television, games, music centre, pool table, home bar and more. You could also create a more child-friendly entertainment area with toys and plenty of space to play. This can provide the added benefit of keeping all of the mess in one room!
Storage space – It can be amazing how much extra space you can provide in all of the other rooms of your house by creating a designated storage room for any furniture or objects you don’t want to throw away.
Office – Create your own dedicated office if you run your own business or carry out educational activities (for example, university). This is a great way to separate work and relaxation time whilst still allowing yourself to work from the comfort of your own home.
Extended bathroom – A house extension doesn’t necessarily mean adding a new bathroom. It can simply involve extending an existing bathroom. A small bathroom could be made larger to accommodate a growing family, or you could simply treat yourself by making a big bathroom even bigger to include a larger bath or spa suite.
Extended bedroom – Instead of creating a new bedroom, you could increase the size of your existing bedroom. Make one bedroom larger if you have kids or make your own master bedroom even larger for that added level of luxury.
Extended kitchen – Virtually every home has a kitchen and only needs one, so any house extension involving a kitchen generally means that the size of it is increased as opposed to creating a new kitchen entirely. Not only can this involve increasing the cooking and food preparation space, but it can also involve adding an eating area to create a large open-plan kitchen with a combination of cooking and living spaces.
Extended living space – Your living room, sitting room or lounge could be increased to accommodate a family or simply provide more space to relax in.
En-suite – You could use a house extension to add an en-suite bathroom to one or more existing bedrooms.
Conservatory – A house extension doesn’t always involve increasing the size of the primary property by way of building new walls. You could also add a conservatory to provide a new living space. This type of house extension is usually less extensive and expensive than traditional extensions.
Garage – You could add a garage to your property to include your vehicle(s) and also add additional storage space. This has the added benefit of freeing up an existing driveway or patio for other uses.
Multiple uses on both floors – As house extensions can include both floors, it opens up the possibility of using the additional space on both floors for different uses. For example, you could create a new bedroom upstairs with a kitchen extension downstairs.