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Maximizing Space and Adding Value with a Single Storey Extension in Belfast.

My latest project and this one clearly shows that there are often different options available when extending a home.


I have shown a couple of these options below.


With 35+ years experience I can guide you on the best approach for your home but the bottom line is when extending it is crucial and very important to me that you are very happy with the design and that it is within your budget before proceeding and lodging the Planning and Building Control Applications.


Maximizing Space and Adding Value with a Single Storey Extension in Belfast | GT Building Design
Just one option, showing the initial proposed rear elevation. It's important that you are happy with the design drawings before committing and proceeding onto the next stage which would be a Planning Application.

Maximizing Space and Adding Value with a Single Storey Extension in Belfast | GT Building Design
Following a measured survey, the existing drawings are used to provide design options.

Maximizing Space and Adding Value with a Single Storey Extension in Belfast | GT Building Design
A couple of different options showing various ways this home could be extended.

Maximizing Space and Adding Value with a Single Storey Extension in Belfast | GT Building Design
Option 1 shows a contemporary flat roof extension throughout.

Maximizing Space and Adding Value with a Single Storey Extension in Belfast | GT Building Design
Option 2 shows a contemporary flat roof extension over the new store, utility and WC but the garden room with a pitched roof.

On every project including this one it's very helpful to have a wish-list from you. This would include essentials and non-essentials and of course your maximum construction budget.


On this one my clients wish-list was as follows:


Dining Room / Living Space

  • plenty of natural light.

  • double door leading to garden.

  • ceiling height no lower than rest of house (ideally a little bit higher)

  • take advantage of the lovely winter morning light that doesn't get into the house at all.

  • downstairs toilet

  • utility with a good size sink, plumbing for washing machine and dryer, and a ceiling-hung clothes airer.

Storage

  • garage-style storage space.

  • pantry - small pantry / larder space, extra freezer and shelving.


Other factors

  • keep as much garden as possible.

  • outside tap for back garden.

  • relocate existing gas boiler from hot press.

  • ideas for where to store bins.

  • style simple and in keeping with the existing house, but happy to consider suggestions about how to keep down costs.

  • good insulation.

  • avoid uPVC windows if budget allows.

My clients have confirmed that they are very happy with the drawings and Option 2 being their personal preference. I'm delighted and the next stage is to submit a Planning Application.


If you would like to discuss ways of extending and improving your home please get in touch. I would be more than happy to offer my advice with no obligation.


Thanks for reading...... Glenn 😊




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