Creating a work-life balance with a remodelled home

Hughes Architects Home Office remodelling extension

Over recent weeks we’ve touched on how more people are working from or constrained at home with family during the current coronavirus restrictions.

The running theme from the majority of people has been the taking up of valuable living space for a makeshift office.

It’s becoming apparent that many people might well end up working from home for many months to come.

Even if they return to work at their conventional office space, it might be they have to rotate this with working from home and their place of employment to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Surveys into current homeworking are demonstrating how many employees would prefer to work from home in the future.

Indeed, some businesses have even suggested the day of the large office development is over having witnessed the success of homeworking.

So, how will this affect the way we live and work?

It’s quite simple, whether immediately or in the medium-term our homes might have to be adapted to have a distinction between work and family or personal time if homeworking becomes the “norm.”

This could fit in with plans you might have to extend or remodel your home. You might have been considering up-sizing to a new home anyway.

Remodelling your home

Doug Hughes, Principal Architect and Managing Director at Hughes Architects, provides some advice on remodelling your home.

“Sometimes moving to a new property or building a new home might be the only way to gain extra living or working space at home.

Hughes Architects Home Office remodelling extension
Working from home

“But what if you enjoy living in your community or neighbourhood and don’t want to leave it. Upsizing, or in some cases downsizing, isn’t an option as there is nothing for sale nearby and there might not be a suitable plot of land for a new build. That’s where remodelling can work.

“Just because you don’t have space for an extension to create a home office or additional living space doesn’t mean you cannot create more space in your home.

“In many cases, consideration to creating open plan living, or opening up two rooms into one can have a dramatic difference. The use of natural light through glazing can also have a big impact.

“If you have space, and subject to planning, which we handle, an extension to living space can also make a significant difference.

“It’s only when I or a member of the building design team start to talk to them about the options of extending or redesigning their existing property, they realise they don’t have to move.

“A lot of older properties tend to have lots of rooms. Why not create fewer rooms and more space by making elements of the property open plan?

Create a new home in your existing home

“It’s not necessarily that difficult, but the outcome can be a complete transformation of the property. It’s like being in a new home. The investment can also add value to the house, but the outlay and hassle is less than moving home.

“Another option is to change the structure of the house with extensions. Again, this isn’t necessarily because you want additional space, but by creating new areas of space, it can transform a home.

“The cost of designing, seeking planning permission and building such an extension is a lot less than having to look for and buy a new property that might still need work to make it what you want.”

So, when it comes to taking the next steps to a new home simply because you want a change, why not take a step back and let your imagination consider what you could do with your existing home?

Why not talk to us about your home plans? Visit for our contact form, email or telephone 01686 610311.

We also have a building cost calculator on our website that can provide a guide as to how much and extension or remodelling will cost. Visit our home page and follow the link.

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