So You Want an Extension – What Are Your Options

If you need more space, a loft conversion can be a good option, but if you have already had your loft converted what do you do apart from maybe buy a caravan? Well, in most cases, the answer is having an extension built.

Here we give you an overview of your options and the different kinds of extensions you could consider building.


Where you can build

The first question to answer is have you got the space to extend. Whether you have depends on how much spare ground you have around your home, and, to some extent on the location of your house. Building regulations dictate how big your extension can be and your proximity to neighbouring properties can affect whether you can have a single or two-storey extension.

The type of extension

Most people opt for a brick built extension with a traditional door and window set up. This works well, but if you are extending at the back of your property you may want to consider using a wall of glass to allow you a better view of your garden. Another option is to have your extension built entirely from glass and go for a conservatory instead.

The type of extension you decide upon depends in part, on what you will be using the space for. If you are having a kitchen diner built privacy is not as much of a consideration as it would be if you were having a granny annex built where glass curtains or a full-length bi-fold door would not be practical.

Flat or pitched roof

Another important consideration is the type of roof you have on your extension. Most people opt for a flat roof because it is cheaper. However, it is important to think about more than just the cost when having an extension built.

You need to consider how it will look and make sure that it blends in well with the rest of your home and neighbourhood. Remember one day you are going to want to sell your house, so your extension cannot detract from the overall look of your home. Potentially an extension can add value to your home, but only if it is a good quality extension that is aesthetically pleasing.

If you have a pitched roof installed you can potentially use the space for storage, or go for a high ceiling room. This looks nice, gives a feeling for space, and adds a touch of luxury.

For more suggestions we suggest you take a look at Bespoke Lofts house extension ideas. They have been building extensions and converting lofts in London and the surrounding areas for over twenty years. In this market they are often asked to do unusual extensions and loft conversions to meet the needs of very exacting clients, so their ideas are very much ahead of the trend and inspirational.


Quality matters

Whatever type of extension you decide to have built remember that quality matters. An extension is a big investment, so we recommend that you take your time to get the design right and use a firm that has plenty of experience and a good reputation.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I was compensated by the company who sponsored/wrote it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

2014 – Holiday Gift Guides – For Her

We are wrapping up our 2014 Holiday Gift Guides with gifts for her. With gifts starting at less than $6, there is something special for everyone in your holiday list.  photo hggh_zps494c2cfd.jpg

Constellation Bib Necklace // Reversible Fleece-Lined Cotton-Jersey Robe // In Rouge Set // Bug Drop Earrings // Cally Slippers // Style Stalking Book // Pink Roof Mug // Modern Cat Eye Sunglasses // Soap Rocks // Vacay Found Pouch

UncommonGoods Giveaway + Date Night at Home

As you can imagine life with an almost 4 year old and a 5 month old is pretty hectic. It’s hard to make time for ourselves and enjoy time together as a couple. Date nights are difficult to arrange but even if we can’t go out, Brad and I try to have a couple of date night’s at home each month. Last Saturday with the help of Uncommon Goods, we enjoy a quiet night at home with a few drinks and apps.

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Check It Out: 2014 Advent Calendar

It’s time for our 6th annual family advent calendar! Every day from December 1st until December 25th, we have planned a Christmas related activity for our family. Some are big, some are small, some are for the entire family while others just for Brad and I. Throughout the month, I will be sharing some of those activities and traditions and hope you stop by and do the same.

Happy Holidays!
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December 1 Heading to the Christmas tree farm. Decorating our Christmas tree
December 2 Decorating Jack and Dylan’s Christmas tree
December 3 Outside Christmas lights, wreaths and bows will go up
December 4 Decorating the mantle above the fireplace and entry way
December 5 Baking Christmas cookies with Jack
December 6 Breakfast with St. Nicholas at Jack’s Preschool
December 7 Holiday craft day
December 8 Wrapping Christmas gifts
December 9 Signing & mailing our Christmas cards
December 10 Starting reading Christmas books before bedtime
December 11 Buying white poinsettias
December 12 Making homemade hot chocolate with s’mores & drinking it by our fireplace
December 13 Enjoying a North Pole breakfast at home 
December 14
The Polar Express & Christmas party at Brad’s parent’s house
December 15 Enjoying a North Pole breakfast at home
December 16 Watching Santa Clause with Jack
December 17 Visting Lights of The South
December 18 Attending Jack’s Christmas party at Preschool
December 19 Visiting Lights of the South
December 20 Heading to a family friend’s annual Christmas party
December 21 Making poinsettia cocktails + watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 22 Grocery shopping for our Christmas Eve dinner
December 23 Christmas party at Brad’s grandmother’s house
December 24 Christmas Eve dinner at home with my family
December 25 Christmas morning brunch with Brad’s family at their lake house

Loving: Instantly Framed

Have you heard of Instantly Framed? It’s become my new favorite app. Instantly Framed frames your photos from Instagram, Facebook and your iPhone or iPad in just three easy steps.

1. Print – Simply select your favorite image, the size you would like and upload. Your picture will be printed using archival inks onto professional photo luster paper.

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This app was so easy to use, it took me minutes to upload, select and place my order. Instantly Framed be might be my new go-to app for gifts this holiday season! For a flat $65 you get a personalized gift printed on quality archival paper mounted on a beautifully dark walnut wood frame.

I selected one of my favorite pictures of my boys to have printed and framed. It’s now hanging on my ever growing gallery wall.

 This holiday season, give the gift of lasting memories while saving!

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