When it comes to adding space to your home, the choice is between a ground floor extension and a first floor addition. This is often made for you by your block size, house construction/ layout or other factors. For many people though, extending either up or out are realistic options ,so let’s take a look at both to help you decide which approach might suit you best.
GROUND FLOOR EXTENSION
If you have room on your property to extend outwards ground floor extension could be a good option. Ground floor options are good for creating more living space and opening up existing outdoors. The main drawback of a ground floor extension is it usually results in a loss of some of your outdoor space. However you get plenty of room if you are not currently using the space. In some cases it can also be an expensive way of gaining extra space when compared to a second storey, particularly where the ground extension built requires significant preparation work and/or extensive foundations.
Why choose a ground floor extension?
More living or entertaining space.
Want an open living space.
Want to open up the living space to the outdoors.
Current layout does not suit.
Preferable solutions for people with mobility issues
It has its plus and minus points, you get more room, you open up your living space to the outdoors, but at the same time you are giving up your valuable open area and it is expensive because it requires excavation and laying new foundations.
FIRST FLOOR ADDITIONS
If you want more room and don’t want to extend outwards then your option is to go upwards. An upper-storey can be added for less cost than you imagine. While they can be disruptive it is possible to stay home while the work is going on. First floor additions are ideal for adding extra bedrooms, creating living spaces and for growing families. In most cases they can be more cost effective than extending out, as being built on the top they avoid potentially expensive ground preparation work/ foundation layouts. Additionally when it comes to resale a house with an upper storey will have more resale value than a single storey house though they may have the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Why choose a first floor addition?
Needing extra bedrooms for children or extended family
Needing a second living space separate from the main living space
No space to expand outwards
Want to capitalize on potential views
So going upwards has its advantages, as you don’t need to give up your outdoor space and more over it is cost effective. It has a better view and the resale value is enhanced. But at the same time it may not be suitable in some cases as to how strong your foundation is and whether it can take the extra burden? Taking into account the above points you can decide which a better option is for you.
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