7 wats to create space

7 ways to create space

As life goes on, your living situations change and you might feel that you have outgrown your space. But instead of moving there are some great tips to introduce extra space to suite your lifestyle. Undertaking a loft or garage conversion are great options for creating extra bedrooms for grown up teens, visiting relatives and friends or just to have as an extra bedroom - and it will increase the value of your property. A kitchen extension can double as a play space for the little ones while your cooking and baking or as a sociable area to share with the older children.

A lot of homes also have potential to create a room that is a great entertainment space for a crowd by making use of a side return, boosting the size of an extension. If you're lacking a home office space, carve out a part of an open-plan area into a small, private area.

1. Increase the size of your kitchen

Kitchen extensions are one of the most sought-after home renovations. When you have living and dining areas included in the kitchen, it often needs enlarging - the kitchen has become the main hub of many family homes. An extension will often require a remodelling of the interior. It is important to make the new space's circulation work so look at elements that may be in the way, such as a breakfast bar.


‘The new-build element may be around £1,600 to £2,260 per square metre, using half for remodelling internally. Take a look at your kitchen and get your measurements. Of course these are just estimates, depending on what you want to do the prices may vary.

Top tips

  • If making use of permitted development (see www.planningportal.gov.uk), make sure you obtain certificates that your renovation.
  • Decide if you want bi-fold or sliding doors early in the design process, but don’t forget that you’ll need to retain enough wall space for kitchen units.
  • Underfloor heating is a great way to save space on the walls.

Written by James Brosnan