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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Ideas for Configuring Your Home Extension

by Regina Barnett

You might consider moving to a new house if your home feels cramped. Instead, you could build an extension to your existing place and thus avoid the costs and hassles of selling, moving, and buying a new property. The advantage of an extension is that you can configure it to suit your needs. Here are some ideas to help you work out what's best for you.

Big, Open-Plan Kitchen 

Some older houses have small kitchens, separated from other living areas. Thus, a popular option is to extend the kitchen and include dining and living spaces with an open-plan feel. You can also incorporate large windows and glass doors that open to a patio and garden. The extension can complement the existing house style, whether it's country, mid-century modern, or something else. But the house will feature sought-after modern aspects such as open-plan living and a connection to the outdoors, increasing its appeal. If you have a separate living room elsewhere, you may be able to transform that into an extra bedroom, providing children with personal space or somewhere for guests to sleep. 

Upgrading the kitchen will also make it more functional, with extra storage, more benchtops, and efficient appliances that don't consume excessive energy. You can take the opportunity to build in sociability with a kitchen island that incorporates a breakfast bar. Alternatively, construct banquette seating on the island or against a wall.

Home Office or Living Quarters

Another extension you might consider is adding an office or a consulting room to your house. You could be a business adviser or a naturopath, and you can then work directly from home. So the rest of your household is not interrupted, you could design the extension to have a separate entrance.

When planning the space, make it as versatile as possible so it can serve a different purpose in the future. For example, add a bathroom and a kitchenette to create a self-contained wing that could function as separate living quarters for someone. It could be perfect for a teenager or a friend to occupy at some point.

This independent area could be a positive point if you sell your home one day. However, for the present, using the space as an office or consulting room will save on travel time and costs, and you won't need to rent space specifically for your work. These ongoing savings will offset some of the outlay of the home extensions.

Speak to a contractor for more advice on a home extension