Do you have to move for your dream home?

Many of our lives change along with our lifestyles. Families grow or, as we’re currently seeing, we need space from which to work at home. In many cases children leave the home or we just want to downsize.

Either way, we might well enjoy living in the community we’re in but our home isn’t ideal for the situation.

Living space might be cramped or rooms are unsuitable for their use or underutilised. The current situation is certainly making us look at our lives and living arrangements.

Quite a few homeowners feel they have to consider moving home to find the perfect living accommodation.

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

Realise what you can do with your current home

It’s only when a member of the building design team here at Hughes Architects starts to talk to them about the options of extending or redesigning their existing property that they realise they don’t have to move.

For example, it might not be about moving or extending for up-sizing. They might simply want a different style of property or living space.

This can be undertaken by redesigning the internal layout 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?

The result can be a complete transformation

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.

A good example is an old forge we worked on. 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 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? Telephone 01686 610311 or email