The old and the new – a perfect combination

Moving home isn’t the only choice homeowners have when wanting a change in the way they live, whether to upsize or just for a different layout in their accommodation.

With a range of choices when it comes to the design, planning and build of properties, extending or renovating an existing home can be a cost effective option.

In a lot of these cases homeowners love the area they live in and wish they could stay.

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

This can be undertaken by changing the internal layout and/or structure, to create a completely new living space. For example, 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?

It’s not necessarily that difficult, but the outcome can be a complete transformation. 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 living space, it can transform a home.

A good example is an old forge we worked on (pictured after work was completed). A typical old property with lots of small rooms. With some redesign and creating a new, oak-framed and glazed area, it not only opened up the whole property, but created a new internal and external look that was in keeping with the house.

The wood maintains a traditional look and structure, while the glazing not only allows more natural light into an otherwise dark home, but adds a modern twist to a traditional structure.

Again, 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 a homeowner wants. From design to planning and procuring a builder, we can undertake the work for you, leaving you to enjoy the final result.

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? You might be surprised about what you can do.